Alan J. Heeger, Ph.D.


Dr. Alan Heeger is widely known for his pioneering research in and the co-founding of the field of semiconducting and metallic polymers. From 1962 to 1982, Dr. Heeger was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1982 joined as a professor in the physics department and the materials department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research has led to the formation of numerous startup companies including Uniax (acquired by DuPont in 2000), Konarka and Sirigen.

Dr. Heeger serves on the board of directors of Konarka Technologies Inc. and is a venture partner in NGen Partners, a materials-based venture capital firm. He is chairman of Diode Solutions Inc., a startup focusing on opportunities for printing “plastic electronics.” Dr. Heeger is the recipient of numerous awards, most notably the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2000). He is a member of the National Academy of Science (USA), and the National Academy of Engineering (USA). He has more than 700 publications in scientific journals and holds approximately 50 patents.

Dr. Heeger holds a B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley.