René Janssen is full professor in chemistry and physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He received his Ph.D. in 1987 from the TU/e for a thesis on electron spin resonance and quantum chemical calculations of organic radicals in single crystals.
The research of his group focuses on functional π-conjugated molecules, macromolecules, nanostructures, and materials that may find application in advanced technological applications. Synthetic organic and polymer chemistry are combined with time-resolved optical spectroscopy, electrochemistry, morphological characterization and the preparation of prototype devices to accomplish these goals. In recent years many of the activities have concentrated on organic and polymer solar cells.
René Janssen has been visiting professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of Angers, and the University of Florida. In 2000 he was co-recipient of the René Descartes Prize from the European Commission for outstanding collaborative research. René Janssen received the 2010 Research Prize of The Royal Institute of Engineers in The Netherlands for his work on Materials for Sustainable Energy. He currently serves as editor of “Organic Electronics”.