Circuits in the Oddest Places: Frontiers of Organic Electronics Research

EECS Joint Colloquium Distinguished Lecture Series

Professor Vivek Subramanian
EECS Department, U.C. Berkeley

Wednesday, September 20, 2000
Hewlett Packard Auditorium, 306 Soda Hall
4:00-5:00 p.m.


The skyrocketing cost of silicon fabs has led to the exploration of alternative material systems targeted at penetrating the ultra-low cost consumer appliance market. Organic semiconductors have received substantial attention in recent years due to their low potential cost, ease of fabrication, and versatile material system. In particular, organic semiconductors have made substantial progress in the arena of flat-panel displays, and the first organic semiconductor-based display products have recently entered the marketplace. In the future, organic semiconductors may see increased use in flexible low-cost display, high-brightness high-resolution displays, low-cost electronics applications, and in numerous sensing and actuating applications. In this presentation, I will discuss the state of the art of organic semiconductor technology and will discuss the potential future of this dynamic field of research. I will introduce various technological challenges that lie ahead and will discuss potential methods for overcoming the same. Finally, I will discuss novel applications of organic semiconductors in various non-tradition systems including clothes, food packaging, and various other systems driven by cost and/or integrated display, computation, and sensing requirements.


Vivek Subramanian received his BS in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University in 1994. He received his MS and PhD in electrical engineering, in 1996 and 1998 respectively, from Stanford University.

Dr. Subramanian co-founded Matrix Semiconductor, Inc., in 1998. Since 1998, he has been at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical engineering and Computer Sciences. His research interests include advanced CMOS devices and technology and polysilicon thin film transistor technology for displays and vertical integration applications. His current research focuses on organic electronics for display, low-cost logic, and sensing applications. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 research publications and patents.

Dr. Subramanian is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and serves on the technical committee for the Device Research Conference and the International Electron Device Meeting.