Video portrait Hector Fellow Karl Leo
Prof. Dr. Karl Leo – Future Technology Organic Electronics
Hector Fellow Karl Leo is Professor for Optoelectronics and Chairman of the Dresden Integrated Center for Applied Physics and Photonic Materials (IAPP) at the Dresden University of Technology. He is a leading scientist in the field of Organic Electronics.
The Organic Electronics uses polymer-based electronic circuits or organic connections. It enables the cost-efficient production of flexible and lightweight electronic components and opens up new possibilities in multiple areas of application. For this reason, it proves to be an extremely promising future technology.
Currently, Prof. Leo works together with his team on the development of organic solar cells. Soon theses solar cells may play a major role in the worldwide power supply. A further field of research of Prof. Leo is the organic light emitting diode, the so called OLED. They form the basis for entirely new light and display technologies. Today, they are already used in the displays of smartphones. The research of Prof. Leo holds enormous potential for the medical field. In an interdisciplinary project Prof. Leo works together with Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Eberhart Zrenner, Senior Professor for Ophthalmology at the Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrated Neuroscience and Founding Director of the Research Institute for Ophthalmology at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. Together they work on the development of a new retinal implant based on organic electrodes, which shall restore the eyesight of blind people.
The interdisciplinary project is financed by the Hector Fellow Academy. The young science academy sees itself as an interdisciplinary network for cutting-edge research and it supports innovative research beyond the borders of institutes and fields of research. The Hector Fellow Academy paves the way for interdisciplinary projects between well renowned professors from the STEM-fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) as well as Medicine and Psychology. Furthermore, the Hector Fellow Academy is committed to the promotion of young scientists. It offers fully funded PhD positions for ambitious young scientists, who will work on their self-developed research project for their graduation. Through the connection of excellent researchers from different fields of research, the Hector Fellow Academy provides new impulses for innovative projects, sociopolitical discourse and the solution of global challenges. At the same time it strengthens Germany as a center for science.