Dr. Beverley Brown

Chief Scientist | SmartKem
Dr. Beverley Brown

Towards a Flexible Future

SmartKem recently achieved a milestone – the company raised nearly $25M and incorporated in the United States. Dr Brown has been involved in the technology field of printed electronics since its inception two decades ago. Her talk will focus on organic semiconductor inks used to fabricate flexible, active matrix OTFT arrays processed at temperatures as low as 80oC. These materials are being designed into flexible display applications, taking them to the next level of performance and enabling applications such as mini-LED backlights for HDR and a variety of other applications. Dr. Brown will outline the chemistry behind the best performing Organic Thin-Film Transistors (OTFTs) in the industry and describe the benefits of this technology in interesting new applications.


Dr Brown is a senior technology and innovation leader with more than 20 years of technical and commercial experience in high technology start-up businesses within the Specialty Chemicals industry. Dr Brown has worked in the technology area of Printable Electronics since its inception almost 20 years ago. She is considered to be one of the world's leading experts in the field of organic semiconductor technology and holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Glasgow. She spent eighteen years at ICI plc in the 80s and 90s, was accountable for the successful divestment and technology transfer of NeoRaDTM to DSM, set-up a world class multi-disciplinary plastics electronics research team of 28 at Avecia, which was eventually acquired by Merck in 2005.