Thomas Jackson, The Pennsylvania State University
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Thomas Jackson is the Robert E. Kirby Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1980 and joined the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center where he worked on GaAs MESFET integrated circuits, InGaAs/InAlAs SISFETs, Ge MOSFETs, superconductor-semiconductor devices, and a-Si:H thin-film transistor (TFT) display technology. In 1992, Jackson joined the faculty in the Electrical Engineering Department at The Pennsylvania State University where his research group has focused on active thin-film devices including a-Si:H, organic oxide semiconductor TFTs, piezoelectric thin-film devices, and nanobiomotor devices. Jackson’s group at The Pennsylvania State University demonstrated the first high-mobility (>0.5 cm2/V-s) organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs), the first OTFTs with mobility >1 cm2/V-s, the first use of a self-assembled-monolayer-treated dielectric to improve OTFT performance, and the first high-mobility (>1 cm2/V-s) solution processed OTFTs. Jackson’s group has also demonstrated OTFT-driven LCD and OLED displays and a range of other thin-film devices and circuits. Using ZnO deposited by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD), Jackson’s group demonstrated the fastest polymeric substrate oxide semiconductor thin-film circuits (<20 nsec/stage ring oscillator propagation delay), a pH-controlled selective etch for Al2O3 over ZnO, and flexible TFTs and circuits on few-micron-thick polymeric substrates. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, has a Google Scholar h-index of 62, and is the author or co-author of more than 400 journal and conference publications and 36 issued U.S. patents.