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Tripathy Lecturer Speaks about Organic Electronics

UCal Prof Gives Annual Talk

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Prof. Sukant Tripathy (1952–2000)

By Edwin L. Aguirre

Organic electronics, also known as polymer electronics or plastic electronics, is a branch of electronics that deals with carbon-based conducting polymers and small molecules. Materials made from such polymers and molecules are lighter, more flexible and transparent, printable and less expensive to manufacture compared to conventional electronics, which use inorganic conductors and semiconductors such as copper and silicon. The qualities of organic polymers make them ideal for use in applications such as organic solar panels, smart windows, electronic paper, molecular computers and much more.

Want to learn more? Attend the Tripathy Endowed Memorial Lecture at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Alumni Hall on North Campus.

Fred Wudl, a research professor of chemistry and materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will speak about “Adventures in Organic Electronics.”

Each year, a leading scientist in the field of materials science comes to UMass Lowell to present a lecture in memory of Sukant K. Tripathy. The late UMass Lowell professor of chemistry was an internationally recognized leader in research in the area of thin polymer films in electronics and optics, publishing more than 200 refereed papers and holding two dozen patents. He founded the Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) and was formerly the University’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Wudl joins a distinguished list of Nobel laureates and leading figures in materials science research who have delivered the memorial lecture. This includes Profs. Alan MacDiarmid and Alan Heeger (co-winners, 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry), Robert Grubbs (co-winner, 2005 Nobel Prize in Chemistry) and Craig Mello (co-winner, 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine). MacDiarmid and Heeger won the award for their work on conducting organic polymers.

Other campus activities honoring Tripathy’s memory include the Tripathy Endowed Memorial Summer Graduate Fellowship, which is awarded to doctoral students for outstanding research in the fields of materials and polymer sciences, and the Tripathy Memorial Symposium, which showcases the latest advances in the field each year.

For more information, visit the CAM website.