Dr. Franky So
Dr. Franky So
Principal Investigator,
Walter and Ida Freeman Distinguished Professor

Dr. So received his PhD from the University of Southern California. He worked for Motorola and OSRAM Opto-Semiconductors for 14 years before he became a professor at the University of Florida. He was a Rolf E Hummel Professor of Electronic Materials in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. Since 2015, he joined the North Carolina State University and is currently the Walter and Ida Freeman Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.  Dr. So is currently a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, IEEE,  OSA and SPIE. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Materials Science and Engineering Reports and Associate Editor of four other research journals. He chairs the OLED Symposium of the SPIE Optics and Photonics conference.  Dr. So holds 80 issued patents and has 14 pending. He has over 150 publications and has a Google H-index of over 70.


OEMDLab Group Photo

Our Research

Our research includes work on carbon-based organic electronic and semiconducting devices including organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic photovoltaics (OPVs), and organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). We are also studying and developing several types of devices based on inorganic semiconductor materials including quantum dots for infrared (IR) sensing, heterojunction metal oxides for ultraviolet (UV) photo-detectors, hybrid organic lead halide perovskites for high efficiency solar cells as well as high-gain permeable vertical transistors. Our research focuses on revealing physical properties of novel electronic/semiconducting materials with advanced characterization methods, designing new device architectures, and developing new processing methods for high performance optoelectronic devices.