Jean-Luc Bredas

Regents Professor

Jean-Luc Bredas

Regents Professor

Degrees and Appointments

  • Ph.D, University of Namur, Belgium, 1979

  • B.Sc., University of Namur, Belgium 1976

Research Specialties: Energy Science, Materials and Polymer Chemistry, Theory, Modeling, and Simulation.


Harnessing Solar Energy with Organic and Hybrid Photovoltaic Cells

Organic and hybrid solar cells are currently attracting significant interest due to a number of advantageous characteristics such as material diversity, mechanical flexibility, low-temperature processing, and large-area capability. To increase the photovoltaic response of organic solar cells, our efforts aim to address a number of fundamental issues, including: optical absorption and exciton formation; exciton dissociation and charge separation; charge carrier mobility; and charge collection at the electrodes.

We are also particularly interested in donor-acceptor (DA), i.e., low band gap, polymers that have recently garnered considerable use in bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells because of their wider photon absorption window. Read More

Awards and Honors

  • Centenary Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (2021).

  • Materials Theory Award of the Materials Research Society (2020).

  • Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (2019).

  • Award of the American Chemical Society in the Chemistry of Materials (2016).

  • Elected Member of the European Academy of Sciences (2014).

  • David Adler Award of the American Physical Society in Materials Physics (2013).

  • Elected Member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (2011).

  • Named to the 2011 International Chair in Chemistry, International Solvay Institutes, Belgium.

  • American Chemical Society Charles H. Stone Award (2010).

  • Elected in the Inaugural Class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society (2009) and in the Inaugural Class of Fellows of the Materials Research Society (2008).

  • Editor for Chemistry of Materials, published by the American Chemical Society (2008–present).

  • Elected Fellow of: Royal Society of Chemistry, UK (2008); Optical Society of America (2003); American Association for the Advancement of Science (1998); American Physical Society (1993).

  • Descartes Prize of the European Commission (2003).

  • Honorary Professor, Institute of Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (named 2003).

  • Doctor Honoris Causa of Univ. Libre de Bruxelles (2002).

  • Italgas Prize for Research and Technological Innovation in Applied Molecular Sciences (2001).

  • Quinquennial Prize for Exact Sciences of the Belgian National Science Foundation, FNRS (2000).

  • Doctor Honoris Causa of Linköping Univ. (2000).

  • Francqui Prize (1997).

Research and Publications

Faculty Tenure Track Faculty Physical Chemistry