Jean-Luc Brédas is a Belgian chemist and currently Regents’ Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Vasser-Woolley and Georgia Research Alliance Chair in Molecular Design and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar at Georgia Institute of Technology. He was at the KAUST, and at the Université de Mons-Hainaut (Belgium). He studied chemistry (B.S. 1976) and obtained a PhD in 1979 at the Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (University of Namur), Belgium under the direction of Professor Jean-Marie André. His research deals with the structural, electronic, and optical properties of novel organic and nanomaterials with promising characteristics in the field of electronics, photonics, and information technology.
Brédas is among the top 100 most cited chemists in the world, and is included in the list of the Highly Cited Researchers for Chemistry . He is the Director of International Programs at the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics at Georgia Tech. He is a member of the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (2011).[He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, and the Optical Society of America.
The research activities of the group deal with the structural, electronic, optical and interfacial properties of novel organic (nano) materials with promising characteristics in the field of electronics, photonics, and information technology. Our work is devoted to theoretical investigations based on powerful computational techniques derived from quantum chemistry and condensed-matter physics. With such an approach, we are able to model compounds and materials reliably in order to understand and/or predict their electronic and optical properties. The major part of our studies involves polymer and oligomer materials (plastics) with a π-conjugated backbone. Our goal is to determine the nature of the physico-chemical mechanisms leading, for instance, to: high charge-carrier mobilities in the semiconducting or metallic regime; strong luminescence or photovoltaic response; outstanding nonlinear optical properties; specific surface interactions with other materials, such as metals or conducting oxides.