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Dr. Robert Jan Visser

Managing Director, CTO Group, Applied Materials

Dr. Robert Visser is managing director of advanced chemistry and materials for the Advanced Technology Group at Applied Materials, Inc. He is responsible for creating business opportunities in new and adjacent markets related to future displays, AR and VR,  roll-to-roll barrier films, as well as developing novel chemistries for semiconductor manufacturing.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Visser has pioneered research and commercialization of display technologies related to thin film transistors, LCD materials, barrier films (including encapsulation materials), OLED and flexible displays. Prior to joining Applied, he was CTO of Vitex Systems, where he guided the company through conceiving and demonstrating the feasibility of multi-layer thin film encapsulation technology, to the industrialization of its manufacturing equipment and transformation into a technology licensing company. Dr. Visser also spent 18 years in various roles at Philips Research, including CEO and CTO of the PolyLED business. Received a Special Award from SID in 2016 for his work on OLED and Thin Film Encapsulation.

Dr. Visser holds a master’s degree in theoretical organic chemistry and physics, and a Ph.D. in physical and organic chemistry, both from Leiden University, Netherlands.Barry Young is CEO and Managing Director of the OLED Association, where he solves industry-wide issues, such as the development of standards for the OLED display and lighting industries. He also serves as CEO of Young Market Research (YMR) and is its primary-lighting analyst  He works with and supports the leading OLED manufacturers, tool makers and material suppliers for the entire food chain.  He lobbies for the industry and develops forecasts of material usage, display shipments and revenue and lighting shipments and revenue.  Each quarter the Association captures the display and lighting shipments and provides its members with a detailed analysis of the state of the industry

He also works with a group of OLED suppliers to produce the first US-based pilot line for OLED lighting. A founder of DisplaySearch, Young is one of the leading authorities on OLEDs and flexible displays, and during his tenure authored DisplaySearch’s OLED, flexible-display, small/medium-display and technology reports. Before joining DisplaySearch, Young was CEO and president of OWL Displays, where he co-developed innovative driver technology for amorphous silicon (a-Si) and polysilicon (p-Si) TFT LCDs, and was awarded key patents for driving low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCDs. Before OWL, he was vice president and general manager of Tandem’s integrity system division. He has also served as managing partner at Booz Allen & Hamilton, executive vice president at Wells Fargo Bank, senior vice president at Citibank and president and CEO of Lexar, an early developer of an all-digital PBX.

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