Professor Christos Dimitrakopoulos of the Chemical Engineering Department has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. Dimitrakopoulos, who joined the university in 2013, holds more than 89 U.S. patents and has authored or co-authored more than 90 publications, with a total citation count of more than 22,450. Dimitrakopoulos has also given more than 70 invited talks at national and international conferences and academic, government, and industrial institutions.
The organization’s website says that “The NAI Fellows Program was established to highlight academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.”
According to the NAI, its Fellows program has more than 1,229 Fellows worldwide representing more than 250 prestigious universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. Collectively, the Fellows hold more than 38,000 issued U.S. patents, which have generated over 11,000 licensed technologies and companies and created more than 36-million jobs. In addition, over $1.6 trillion in revenue has been generated based on NAI Fellow discoveries.
In March of 2019, the NAI also named Dimitrakopoulos as one of 66 academic inventors in the inaugural class of NAI Senior Members.
Dimitrakopoulos notes that he received his Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.S. degrees in Materials Science from Columbia University in 1993, 1993, and 1989, respectively, and his Diploma degree from the National Technical University of Athens in 1986.
From 1995 to 2013, Dimitrakopoulos was a research staff member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, where he worked on organic and hybrid semiconductor materials and devices for large area flexible electronics. More recently he researched wafer-scale epitaxial graphene growth, characterization, and optoelectronic devices. Dimitrakopoulos also worked in the area of microelectronic chip interconnects studying the effects of UV and e-beam curing on the formation and properties of porous ultra-low k dielectrics.
From 1993 to 1995, Dimitrakopoulos was a postdoctoral fellow at Philips Research Laboratories (Natuurkundig Laboratorium) in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where he worked on pentacene thin-film transistors.
The NAI is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. (January 2019)