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Innovation Seminar Series Talk - online

"Building a Display Technology"
Dr Jeremy Burroughes, CTO at Cambridge Display Technology


About the Speaker

Jeremy is a physicist and engineer who has made valuable contributions to the development of plastic - or organic - electronics. His work on the science of semiconducting polymers and molecules, as well as their diverse applications, has enabled the growth of numerous new technologies. The discovery of this previously unknown form of electroluminescence led to the foundation of Cambridge Display Technology where, as Chief Technology Officer, Jeremy has been responsible for numerous technology innovations, including the direct printing of full-colour OLED displays. Jeremy has been widely recognised for his high-impact work, and in 2009 was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2002, he was one of the winners of the academy’s prestigious MacRobert Award, and he shared the 2005 Society for Information Display’s Jan Rajchman Prize for his discovery of polymer LEDs.


About the Company

Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) pioneered the development of polymer (organic) light emitting diode (P-OLED) technology and its use in electronic displays and lighting.

P-OLEDs offer:

- consumers higher quality displays than traditional LCD, while being more energy efficient

- manufacturers decreased production costs through the use of large area patterning techniques such as inkjet printing and slot die coating

CDT was spun out in 1992 from the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, and floated on the NASDAQ National Market in 2004. CDT became part of Sumitomo Chemical in 2007.

Following the acquisition, CDT focused its efforts on getting P-OLED technology ready for market.

They successfully completed the development of printable OLED materials and transferred the technology to Sumitomo Chemical for large scale manufacturing and commercialisation.


About the Seminar Series

This series of seminars happen monthly and speaker will present their ideas and experiences on how innovation impacts their endeavours. 

  • We have a varied list of speakers, from academics turned in to entrepreneurs all the way to established companies. 
  • THe format is a 45 minute talk, followed by Q&A
  • Attendance is free 

Come and join the talk with Jeremy. Please register for the event here or send an email to


Wednesday, 8 December, 2021 - 16:00 to 17:30
Contact name: 
Alexandra Huener
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Event location: 
Zoom Meeting