Ching Tang, Innovator in OLED Technology, to be Featured in Virtual Kyoto Prize Symposium by UC San Diego, March 25

March 17, 2021 15:57 UTC

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- University of California San Diego will virtually host Dr. Ching Tang, a chemist and revolutionary innovator in the field of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), on March 25, 2-3:30 p.m.-PDT, as part of the annual Kyoto Prize Symposium. Originally planned as a series of live lectures in 2020, the Symposium has been updated into livestreamed video events for the 2021 celebration of the Kyoto Prize and its latest laureates.

Introducing Tang will be Dr. Darren Lipomi, Professor, Department of Nano Engineering, UC San Diego. The program will include Tang’s Kyoto Prize lecture, followed by live conversation with Dr. Tang and Dr. Lipomi about recent and potential developments in OLED technology. The virtual symposium is free and open to the public. Please register before March 24 at to get log-in instructions well before the event.

Tang is renowned for his pioneering work in developing OLEDs and contributing to their widespread application in displays, televisions and lighting. Tang studied light emission processes in electrically-driven organic materials and invented a new device structure in which two carefully-selected materials were stacked, allowing for high efficiency light emission at low drive voltages. A chemist and professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Professor Emeritus at the University of Rochester, Tang is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has received a multitude of awards and honors ─ including the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, IEEE Noble Award for Emerging Technologies, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and the Kyoto Prize, Japan’s highest private award for global achievement.

In addition to Tang, the 2021 Kyoto Prize Symposium includes lectures by stage director Ariane Mnouchkine, Kyoto Prize Laureate in Arts and Philosophy, March 24 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.-PDT; and pioneering astrophysicist James E. Gunn, Kyoto Prize Laureate in Basic Sciences, March 25 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.-PDT.

Please register before March 24 at to get log-in instructions well before the event.

Presented since 2001, the Kyoto Prize Symposium has been co-hosted by UC San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University for 17 years. The Kyoto Prize is an international award created in 1984 by Japan’s non-profit Inamori Foundation to honor those who have contributed significantly to humankind’s scientific, cultural and spiritual development.

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About the Kyoto Prize

Founded by Dr. Kazuo Inamori in 1984 as part of the Inamori Foundation, the Kyoto Prize has achieved international stature with the granting of three Kyoto Prizes each year – in Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences and Arts & Humanities. Each laureate also receives 100,000,000 yen (over $900,000) – and normally spends several days at UCSD (in March) and Oxford (in May) after initial week ceremonies and programs in Kyoto beginning every November 10. Since 1984 the Kyoto Prize has been awarded to 111 extraordinary individuals from 17 nations. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 2021 programs will be virtual.

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Prof. Darren Lipomi, 858-246-1227,
Dean Al Pisano, Jacobs School of Engineering, 858-534-6237,

Source: University of California San Diego

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