Professor Arokia Nathan holds the Sumitomo/STS Chair of Nanotechnology. He is also the chief technology officer of Ignis Innovation Inc., Waterloo, Canada, a company he founded to commercialize technology on thin film silicon backplanes and driving algorithms for active matrix organic light emitting diode displays.
He has extensive experience in device physics and modeling, and materials processing and integration. His present research interests lie in fabrication of devices, circuits, and systems using disordered semiconductors, including organic materials and nanocomposites, on rigid and mechanically flexible substrates for large area electronics, for imaging and display applications. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1988.
In 1987, he joined LSI Logic Corp., Santa Clara, CA where he worked on advanced multi-chip packaging techniques and related issues. Subsequently, he was at the Institute of Quantum Electronics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland. In 1989, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo. In 1995, he was a Visiting Professor at the Physical Electronics Laboratory, ETH Zürich. In 1997 he held the DALSA/NSERC industrial research chair in sensor technology, and was a recipient of the 2001 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship.
In 2005/2006, he was a Visiting Professor in the Engineering Department, University of Cambridge, UK, and later in 2006, he joined the London Centre for Nanotechnology and the Department of Electrical Engineering, University College London, and holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
He has published extensively in the field of sensor technology and CAD, and thin film transistor electronics, and has over 30 patents filed/awarded. He is a co-author of two books, Microtransducer CAD and CCD Image Sensors in Deep-Ultraviolet, both published by Springer in 1999 and 2005, respectively. He is a Chartered Engineer (UK) and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a member of the American Physical Society, Electrochemical Society, Materials Research Society, Society for Information Displays, and International Society for Optical Engineering. He is a member of the IEEE EDS Publications Committee and the IEEE EDS/LEOS Sub-Committee on Organic and Polymer Devices. He chaired the 2005 and 2006 IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Technical Committee on Displays and serves as SRC Vice-Chair for Regions 1,2,3,&7. He received the IEEE/EDS Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2004.
He is the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE/OSA Journal of Display Technology, and an editor of Electron Device Letters and IEEE Trans. Devices, Materials, and Reliability. He co-chaired the Fall 2005 Materials Research Society Symposium M: Flexible and Printed Electronics, Photonics, and Biomaterials, the Fall 2006 Materials Research Society Symposium BB on Mobile Energy, and the Spring Materials Research Society Symposium A on Amorphous and Polycrystalline Thin-Film Silicon Science and Technology in 2007 and 2008. He was a Guest Editor for a two-part Special Issue on Flexible Electronics Technology in IEEE Proceedings.