The Dresden physics professor Karl Leo from the TU Dresden is nominated for the European Inventor Award 2021. He could win the award in the Lifetime Achievement category. Karl Leo was nominated by the European Patent Office for his pioneering work around OLED technology. His research now ensures improved image brightness, color resolution and energy efficiency of smartphones, televisions and other technical devices internationally. The prize is to be awarded on June 17th – for the first time in digital form.
Leo is director of the Institute for Applied Physics (IAP) and founder of the Dresden Integrated Center for Applied Physics and Photonic Materials (IAPP) at TU Dresden. In 1998 he and his team first produced an organic semiconductor LED (OLED), which was many times more efficient, more sustainable and had a longer lifespan than its inorganic counterpart. The 60-year-old received the Leibniz Prize in 2002, the Federal President’s Future Prize in 2011 and, in April 2021, the first German scientist to receive the Jan Rajchmann Prize from the US Society for Information Display (SID). .