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Sir Richard Friend Awarded for Plastic Electronics Contributions

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Sir Richard H. Friend is the recipient of the 2015 Von Hippel Award for his pioneering research on polymeric semiconducting materials, which has helped drive advances in LED and solar cell technology. In the 1980s, Friend initiated a research program in the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge in England, to investigate the electronic properties of conducting polymers. Friend foresaw the use of such macromolecules as semiconductors, particularly in functioning diodes and transistors, and in 1988 showed for the first time that polyacetylene could demonstrate clean...Read full article

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