Antonio Facchetti
Professor of Chemistry, Northwestern University
ESB 1001
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Printed opto-electronics is a new technology envisioning the fabrication of opto-electronic devices using printing methodologies. In this presentation I will describe the materials synthesis, development, and process engineering enabling the fabrication of unconventional opto-electronic devices, such as circuits and solar modules, all on flexible foils using several new materials.1-3 Examples of unconventional electronic materials include organic small molecular and polymeric semiconductors, metal chelates and complexes, and hybrid organic-inorganic metal oxides. Specifically to OPV, we have now families of polymer donor-polymer acceptor semiconductors achieving PCEs of ~7% and polymeric donor-fullerene blends with efficiencies approaching 11% in inverted architectures.


Antonio Facchetti obtained his Laurea degree in Chemistry cum laude and a Ph.D in Chemical Sciences from the University of Milan. In 2002 he joined Northwestern University where he is currently an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry. He is a co-founder and currently the Chief Scientific Officer of Polyera Corporation. He is also a Distinguish Adjunct Professor of King Abdulaziz University and the Technology Advisor of Raynergy Tek Corporation. Dr. Facchetti has published more than 330 research articles, 11 book chapters, and holds more than 110 patents. He received the 2009 Italian Chemical Society Research Prize, the team IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe 2010 Award, the corporate 2011 Flextech Award. In 2010 was elected a Kavli Fellow, in 2012 a Fellow of the American Association for the Advanced of Science (AAAS), and in 2013 Fellow of the Materials Research Society. IN 2010 he was selected among the "TOP 100 MATERIALS SCIENTISTS OF THE PAST DECADE (2000-2010)" by Thomson Reuters and in 2014 recognized as a Highly Cited Scientist. Dr. Facchetti’s research interests include organic semiconductors and dielectrics for thin-film transistors, conducting polymers, molecular electronics, organic second- and third order nonlinear optical materials, and organic photovoltaics.