The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Professor Christos Dimitrakopoulos of our Chemical Engineering Department as one of 66 academic inventors in the inaugural class of NAI Senior Members. Dimitrakopoulos, who joined the university as a professor in 2013, holds 87 U.S. patents and has authored or co-authored more than 90 publications in journals and proceedings, with a total citation count of more than 21,000.
Dimitrakopoulos has also given more than 70 invited talks at national and international conferences and academic, government, and industrial institutions.
Dimitrakopoulos notes that he 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 of Athens in 1986. 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. More recently he researched wafer-scale epitaxial graphene growth, characterization, and optoelectronic devices. Dimitrakopoulos 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.
This inaugural class of NAI Senior Members represents 37 NAI member institutions, including research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. The inaugural class members are named inventors on more than 1,100 issued U.S. patents.
Senior Members are active faculty, scientists, and administrators at NAI Member Institutions with success in patents, licensing, and commercialization, and they have produced technologies that have brought, or aspire to bring, real impact on the welfare of society.
The NAI says Senior Members also foster a spirit of innovation within their communities through enhancing an inventive atmosphere at their institutions, while educating and mentoring the next generation of inventors. The NAI aims to honor the achievements of its members and contributions to the innovation ecosystem at their institutions.
“The election of the inaugural class of NAI Senior Members is a significant designation for a group of prolific inventors from NAI Member Institutions who are collectively a driving force in American innovation,” said Paul R. Sanberg, NAI president. “This is truly an accomplishment worth celebrating.” (March 2019)