Konarka Appoints Dr. Christoph Brabec as Chief Technology Officer; Recognized Innovator to Drive Konarka's Research and Technology Development
"Not only is Dr. Brabec a world recognized leader in organic chemistry and photovoltaic technology, but he also grasps the implications of that technology, which makes him a strong leader in addition to being an exceptional technologist," commented Howard Berke, Konarka's chairman and CEO. "A distinguished scientist who is both multi-cultural and multi-lingual, Dr. Brabec recognizes and foresees the potential global impact of our Power Plastic(TM), and he will play a key role in ensuring that our product has global impact."
“Not only is Dr. Brabec a world recognized leader in organic chemistry and photovoltaic technology, but he also grasps the implications of that technology, which makes him a strong leader in addition to being an exceptional technologist”
Since joining Konarka in September of 2004 as part of the acquisition of Siemens' organic photovoltaic research group, Dr. Brabec has successfully led Konarka's European research and development efforts. Additionally, he has expanded the Company's intellectual property and patent portfolio, while making strong contributions to the development and continued relationship with manufacturing partner KURZ and other European partners, including Merck.
Before joining Konarka, Dr. Brabec was project leader for organic semiconductor devices at Siemens Corporate Technology. Prior to his role at Siemens, he worked with Dr. Alan Heeger, Konarka's founding scientist, director and winner of the 2000 Nobel Chemistry Prize for pioneering research in the area of semi-conducting and metallic polymers. Additionally, Dr. Brabec has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers, filed over 30 patents and presented at numerous technical symposia in both the U.S. and Europe.
Dr. Alan Heeger remarked, "Dr. Brabec is a world-recognized innovator in organic and photovoltaic technologies. He has been instrumental in translating breakthroughs in scientific theory and research into functional applications that will fundamentally change the way we generate and consume energy."
About Konarka Technologies, Inc.
Konarka builds products that convert light to energy - anywhere. Konarka is the leading developer of polymer photovoltaic products that provide a source of renewable power in a variety of form factors for commercial, industrial, government and consumer applications. Konarka's photovoltaic nanotechnology is focused on delivering lightweight, flexible, scalable and manufacturable products. Konarka has a broad portfolio of patents, technology licenses and an accomplished technical team. Nobel Laureate Professor Alan Heeger (UC Santa Barbara) is a director, co-founder and chief scientist for Konarka. Konarka Technologies is headquartered in Lowell, Mass., U.S.A., with European headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and research and development facilities in Austria and Switzerland. For more information, visit http://www.konarka.com or contact Tracy Wemett, BroadPR, at 617-868-5031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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