Dr. Dimitrakopoulos received his Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.S. degrees in Materials Science from Columbia University in 1993, 1993, and 1989, respectively, and his Diploma degree from the National Technical University, Athens, Greece in 1986. He is currently a Professor in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. From 1995 to 2013, he was a Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, where he worked on organic and hybrid semiconductor materials and devices for large area flexible electronics, and more recently on wafer-scale epitaxial graphene growth, characterization, and optoelectronic devices. He also worked in the area of microelectronic chip interconnects studying the effects of UV and e-beam curing on the formation and properties of porous ultra-low k dielectrics. From 1993 to 1995 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Philips Research Laboratories (Natuurkundig Laboratorium) in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where he worked on pentacene thin film transistors.
He holds 83 US patents, and has authored or co-authored more than 80 publications in journals and proceedings, with a total citation count of more than 17,180 times by 1/2017 (for a complete and updated list please visit his Google Scholar profile using the link provided under the “Publications” tab). He has given more than 70 invited talks at national and international conferences and academic, government, and industrial institutions.
One of his papers published in 2002 was listed in the top-ten of the Most-Cited Papers in Materials Science from 1996-2006 (Thomson ESI), and was the most-cited paper from IBM Corp. for the decade 1998-2008 (Thomson Sciencewatch.com). He has been the co-recipient of the 2001 Paul Rappaport Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and an Extraordinary Technical Accomplishment Award (2008) by IBM Corp. Other honors include: Master Inventor at IBM Research; an Outstanding Innovation Award (2000), and an IBM Research Division Award (2005) by IBM Corp. In 2000, he shared the Technology of the Year Award by Industry Week. While at Columbia, he received the IBM Research Fellowship for the years 1991 and 1992, the Francis Rhodes Prize in 1989 and the Paul Nichoplus Interschool Scholarship.