PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING & CHEMISTRY, GROUP FUNCTIONAL ORGANIC MATERIALS & DEVICES (SFD) EINDHOVEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY. CHEMICAL ENGINEER, PHD.
Dirk J. Broer is polymer chemist and specialized in polymer structuring and self organizating polymer networks. He joined Philips Research (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
in 1973. Typical research topics were vapor phase polymerization, optical data
storage, telecommunication fibers and liquid crystal networks. In 1990/1991 he
worked at the DuPont Experimental Station (Delaware, USA) on nonlinear optical
materials and vapor phase deposition of π-conjugated polymers. He started his workon liquid crystal materials in 1985, developing the process of in situ photopolymerization of liquid crystal monomers to form densely crosslinked and monolithically ordered liquid crystal networks. From 1991, he developed optical films for LCD enhancement at Philips Research, and in 2000 he started his work on new manufacturing technologies of LCDs for large area displays and electronic wallpaper. From 2003 to 2010 he was senior research fellow and vice president at the Philips Research Laboratories specializing on biomedical devices and applications of polymeric materials. In 1996 he was appointed as part-time professor at Eindhoven University covering research topics as liquid crystal orientation, polymer waveguides, solar energy, organic semiconductors, nanolithography, soft lithography and polymer actuators for biomedical microfluidic systems. From 2010 he was appointed as full time professor at Eindhoven co-ordinating the department Functional Organic Materials and Devices with a research emphasis on clean technologies such as energy harvesting, water treatment and healthcare. Professor. Broer is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and
Sciences (KNAW). In total, he has around 220 publications in peer reviewed journals
and more than 100 US patents.