Konarka Technologies

Founding Scientists

Dr. Srinivasan Balasubramanian, Ph.D.

Dr. Balasubramanian designs and develops dye-sensitized, nanocrystalline, semiconductor-based photovoltaic cells for portable power applications. He also has extensive experience synthesizing and processing polymeric materials for optoelectronic and related applications. Prior to joining Konarka, Dr. Balasubramanian spent four years at Molecular Technologies in Westford, MA, where he worked on the synthesis and processing of polymeric materials. A recipient of numerous awards for his work in polymer science and plastics engineering, he has presented his research across the country and holds a U.S. Patent for "Nonlinear Optical Structures and their Methods of Making." Dr. Balasubramanian earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Madras in Madras, India; M.S. in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University; and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science/Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

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Dr. Kethinni Chittibabu, Ph.D.

Dr. Chittibabu has performed extensive research on the design, synthesis, processing and characterization of conjugated polymers. His laboratory experience includes organic, polymer and electrochemical synthesis, sol-gel synthesis and modification and material characterization using thermal analysis instruments and spectroscopic techniques. Active in Small Business Innovation Research since 1996, he has brought in four Phase I and Phase II grants on various aspects of polymeric materials for applications in optics, electronics and optical communication. Dr. Chittibabu received M.S. in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Madras, India; M.S. in Polymer Science and Technology from IIT, Delhi; and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science/Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. While studying at UMass Lowell, he received the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in Polymer Science for his academic and research performance.

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Dr. Alan Heeger, Ph.D.

Dr. Alan J. Heeger serves as Professor of Physics and Professor of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara and also heads a research group at the universitys Center for Polymers and Organic Solids. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2000) for his pioneering research in and the co-founding of the field of semiconducting and metallic polymers; his research efforts continue to focus on the science and technology of semiconducting and metallic polymers. Current interests include studies of conjugated polyelectrolytes, and the use of such luminescent water-soluble semiconducting polymers (and oligomers) as components in bio-specific sensors. Dr. Alan J. Heeger received his BS degree with high distinction in 1957 from the University of Nebraska, and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1961.

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Dr. Lian Li, Ph.D.

Dr. Li is devoted to developing flexible, low-cost photovoltaic (PV) devices for Konarka. Dr. Li's experience includes eight years at Molecular Technologies in Westford, MA, where he investigated properties of polymeric materials for photonic and electronic applications. Active in Small Business Innovation Research since 1993, he has brought in four Phase I and two Phase II grants on various aspects of polymeric materials for applications in optics, electronics and optical communication. Dr. Li's research interests include PV devices as well as electrical and optical properties of polymeric materials. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 scientific publications and holds one U.S. patent. Dr. Li earned his B.S. in physics from Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China; his M.S. in Physics from Memphis State University; and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.

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Dr. Sukant K. Tripathy, Ph.D.

The late Dr. Sukant K. Tripathy has inspired our work at Konarka. As a chemistry professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Founder of the Center for Advanced Materials, Dr. Tripathy was responsible for establishing the University's Institute for NanoScience Engineering and Technology. During his 15 years at UMass Lowell, Dr. Tripathy became an internationally known scientist in the materials field and he helped the University to become a significant player in the emerging nanotechnology field.

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Dr. Srinivasan Balasubramanian, Ph.D.

Dr. Kethinni Chittibabu, Ph.D.

Dr. Alan Heeger, Ph.D.

Dr. Lian Li, Ph.D.

Dr. Sukant K. Tripathy, Ph.D.