Carmichael Research Lab

stretching technology beyond limits

About Tricia

Tricia Breen Carmichael is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Windsor.  After receiving her PhD in 1996 from the University of Windsor with Professor Douglas W. Stephan, she spent two years as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Professor George M. Whitesides at Harvard University where she pioneered new methods for the 3D self-assembly of electrical connections.  She then took up the position of Research Staff Member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York from 1999-2005, where she developed patterning methods for organic electronic devices and new soluble organic semiconductors, including a soluble pentacene derivative that established an important new direction in the field.  Her current research program at the University of Windsor focuses on new materials and methods for the fabrication of stretchable and wearable electronic devices. She has published influential papers in the field, with highlights that include new stretchable and conductive textile-based wearable electronics (e-textiles), wearable electroluminescent fabrics, soft and stretchable light-emitting devices and transparent conductors, and the first transparent butyl rubber for next-generation stretchable electronics.  Dr. Carmichael is also the co-director of the NSERC Green Electronics Network, a national strategic network developing new functional materials and printing methods for smart packaging. Dr. Carmichael holds more than 25 worldwide patents and has won numerous awards, including an Ontario Ministry of Innovation Early Researcher Award, an NSERC University Faculty Award, and the NSERC Doctoral Prize for her PhD work. She is an Editorial Board Member of the journal Flexible and Printed Electronics (Institute of Physics) and Chem (Cell Press).  


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