Principal Investigator:

Prof. Francisco MOLINA-LOPEZ

Surface and Interface Engineered Materials Unit

Department of Materials Engineering, KU Leuven

Prof. Francisco Molina-Lopez was born in Granada (Spain) in 1984. He majored in Physics and Electrical Engineering (awarded the highest score of the year) at the University of Granada in 2009. During his undergrad years, he also visited the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland) and the University of California in San Diego (UCSD, USA) as an exchange student.

 In 2014, he completed his PhD in printed and flexible environmental sensors at EPFL. His doctoral research took place within the consortium of the Marie Curie European project FlexSmell, and included a research visit to VTT (Finland)After graduating, he received the Early Postdoc Mobility fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation to continue his postdoctoral research activity in the Bao group at Stanford University, in collaboration with the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (USA). There, he conducted research in printed organic electronics and stretchable skin electronics for more than 3 years.  Afterwards, he gained industrial experience at the heart of the Silicon Valley by joining Apple as a touch-module senior process engineer in January 2018. In March of 2019, Prof. Francisco Molina-Lopez was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Surface and Interface Engineered Materials Unit of the Department of Materials Engineering (MTM) of KU Leuven (Belgium), where he is working in printed and flexible functional materials and devices for energy harvesting and wearable autonomous sensing systems.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Jan. 2018 - Feb. 2019

Apple Inc., USA

Senior Touch Module Process Engineer

Oct. 2014 - Jan. 2018

Stanford University, USA

Postdoctoral Researcher in Organic Stretchable Electronics

Mar. 2010 - Jun. 2014

EPFL, Switzerland

VTT, Finland

PhD in Printed Environmental Sensors on Foil

Sep. 2002 - Sep. 2009

University of Granada, Spain

EPFL, Switzerland / UCSD, USA

Double Major in Physics and Electrical Engineering

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Printed Electronics

  • Inkjet printing, 3D printing, spray coating and solution shearing.

  • Formulation of inks with organic electronic materials and nano materials (CNTs and nanoparticles).

Flexible and Stretchable Electronics for Wearables

  • Transistors, sensors.

Energy Harvesters

  • Photovoltaics, thermoelectrics.

Department of Materials Engineering (MTM)

© 2019 by F. Molina-Lopez

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