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CAMBRIDGE -United Kingdom - 14 November 2001: Cambridge Display Technology, CDT, the leading researcher and commercial technology developer of Light Emitting Polymer (LEP) technology has appointed Jeremy Burroughes as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

One of the original discoverers of the electroluminescent qualities of conjugated polymers, as CTO, Burroughes will lead LEP technology strategy and development. He will be responsible for the management of CDT’s relationship with the technical arms of CDT’s licensees and the strategic planning of joint developments as part of CDT’s goal of driving the commercialisation of LEP and allied technologies.

Burroughes will continue to report directly to David Fyfe, CEO of CDT, and will also be responsible for mapping IP published by CDT’s licensees and others in CDT’s technology arena; a key role in driving the continued advancement of LEP technology.

David Fyfe, CDT’s CEO said, “As one of the original LEP researchers, Jeremy has already proven his ability to successfully lead fundamental R&D in LEP and related technologies. In his new role, Jeremy’s contribution will be invaluable to ensure CDT takes the best route for the commercial and technological advancement of LEP technology and that the technology road map continues to fully complement CDT’s global business plan and fulfil our strong commitment to our licensees”.

Burroughes joined CDT in 1997 with over 10 years research experience in conjugated polymer science and semi-conductor technologies to manage CDT’s new research group. After holding the position of technical director for two years he was promoted to product business unit director in 2000.

Previously, Burroughes spent six years with Toshiba in the UK and Japan where he worked on quantum electronic and opto-electronic devices fabricated using GaAs or InP regrowth technology.

Burroughes spent his early career with the Optoelectronics division at the T.J. Watson Research Centre, IBM, after undertaking a PHD at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. During this two year post-doctoral position Burroughes worked on high speed metal-semiconductor-metal photo-detectors.

After submitting his PHD thesis titled ‘The Physical Processes in Organic Semiconductor Polymer Devices’, Burroughes discovered that conjugated polymers such as poly(phenylene vinylene) could electroluminesce, resulting in a patent being filed by Burroughes and his research fellows shortly afterwards.

In 1998 Burroughes was elected a fellow of St. John’s College, University of Cambridge. Throughout his career he has successfully led a range of technical research projects into the materials, devices, structures and processes for the development of full colour light emitting polymer displays.

About CDT

Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) is a privately held company leading the research, development and commercialisation of polymer technology for flat panel displays and lighting. CDT’s light emitting polymer (LEP) technology is targeted for use in a wide range of electronic display products used for information management, communications and entertainment. Features include reduced power consumption, size, thickness and weight, very wide viewing angle, superior video imaging performance and the potential to produce displays on plastic substrates. To date, licenses have been granted to Delta Electronics, DuPont, OSRAM, Philips, and Seiko-Epson, who have either announced imminent start of production or are actively implementing their manufacturing strategies.

CDT is promoting LEP technology development and speeding its commercialisation through a global business strategy including co-developments with leading companies in a wide range of display and related technology areas. Founded in 1992, the company is headquartered in Cambridge, UK.

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