• Hector Fellows

    Distinguished researchers in STEM fields.

Prof. Dr. Karl Leo

Dresden Integrated Center for Applied Physics and Photonic Materials (IAPP), Technical University of Dresden

Hector Fellow since 2013

Karl Leo is Professor of Optoelectronics and Head of the Dresden Integrated Center for Applied Physics and Photonic Materials (IAPP), at the University of Dresden.

He is a pioneer in the field of organic semiconductors, which constitute the foundations of modern microelectronics. His research focuses on improving the conductivity of semiconductors that are used for example in displays, in large solar cells and electronic circuits and to significantly increase the efficiency of these devices.

His work has been honored, among others, with the Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation (DFG), an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) and the Jan-Rajchmann-Prize. He is member of the European Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina),  the the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), the Optical Society of America and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. In the spin-offs Novalek AG and Heliatek GmbH he successfully transferred his research results into industrial applications.

Research fields


  • Physics of organic semiconductors
  • Basic investigations on electronic and optical transport
  • Device applications, such as OLED (1.), organic solar cells, or organic transistors (2.)

1. S. Reineke et al., Rev. Mod. Phys. 85, 1245 (2013)
2. B. Luessem et al., J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 27, 443003 (2015)


Future Technology Organic Elektronics

Prof. Dr. Karl Leo über „Organische Elektronik: neue Anwendungen“

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