Steven Van Slyke

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Steven Van Slyke
Residence San Mateo, California
Nationality U.S.A.
Fields Chemistry
Materials science
Institutions Eastman Kodak Company
Alma mater Ithaca College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Known for Organic light-emitting diodes (OLED)

Steven Van Slyke is an American chemist, best known for his co-invention of Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED)s, and his significant contributions to the commercial development of this technology. Together with Tang, they were first to report the fundamental structure of OLED in 1987 while working at Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories. He managed the overall commercialization effort of OLED during his tenure at Kodak, including materials development, device architecture optimization, and high volume manufacturing. In 2010, Van Slyke joined Kateeva as Chief Technology Officer leading the technical and strategic direction of the company.

Education and Career[edit]

Van Slyke received his B.A. degree in chemistry from Ithaca College and his M.S. degree in materials science from Rochester Institute of Technology.

During his early days at Kodak, Van Slyke and colleagues discovered some of the electron transport and emitting materials that are now widely used for small-molecule OLED's such as Alq3. He implemented the commercialization of these materials and determined the key factors in controlling device operational stability. His research effort contributed to the creation of over 35 U.S. patents and 40 publications in the areas of electronic materials development, device architecture and manufacturing. He was responsible for the development of RGBW OLED format and linear sources for high volume OLED manufacturing at Kodak, and oversaw both OLED display and lighting activities.

At Kateeva, Van Slyke leads the technical development of the company's inkjet OLED display manufacturing technology. He is also responsible for the integration effort with leading OLED materials manufacturers through strategic partnership.


  • 2014 - Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate "for the invention of the organic light emitting diode"[1]
  • 2013 - Consumer Electronics Hall of Fame "for pioneering work that led to the invention of the Organic Light-emitting Diode"[2]
  • 2006 - Fellow of the Society for Information Display "for his pioneering work and many contributions to the science and technology of organic light-emitting-diode (OLED) displays"[3]
  • 2004 - Eastman Kodak Research Fellow "for extraordinary contributions to Eastman Kodak Company"
  • 2004 - American Chemical Society National Award for Team Innovation "for successfully moving an innovative idea to a product now in commercial use"[4]
  • 2004 - Associate Editor of the Journal of the Society for Information Display
  • 2003 - Eastman Kodak Company Distinguished Inventors Gallery "for studies in the field of Organic Light Emitting Diodes"
  • 2002 - Rochester Inventor of the Year of the Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association "for outstanding contribution to the community and to the nation by promoting progress of the useful arts through invention and the sue of the patent system"
  • 2001 - American Chemical Society Northeast Regional Industrial Innovation Award "for the invention and commercialization of a new display technology"
  • 2001 - Jan Rajchman Prize of the Society of Information Display "for pioneering contributions to the underlying science and technology of organic light-emitting diodes that lead to the commercialization of flat-panel OLED displays"[5]
  • 2000 - Eastman Innovation Award, Eastman Kodak Company's highest award "in recognition of extraordinary innovative contributions leading to business success for Eastman Kodak Company"


  • Spindler, Jeffrey P.; Hatwar, Tukaram K.; Miller, Michael E.; Arnold, Andrew D.; Murdoch, Michael J.; Kane, Paul J.; Ludwicki, John E.; Alessi, Paula J.; Van Slyke, Steven A. (January 2006). "System considerations for RGBW OLED displays". Journal of the Society for Information Display. 14 (1): 37–48. doi:10.1889/1.2166833. 
  • Arnold, A. D.; Castro, P. E.; Hatwar, T. K.; Hettel, M. V.; Kane, P. J.; Ludwicki, J. E.; Miller, M. E.; Murdoch, M. J.; Spindler, J. P.; Van Slyke, S. A.; Mameno, K; Nishikawa, R; Omura, T; Matsumoto, S (June 2005). "Full-color AMOLED with RGBW pixel pattern". Journal of the Society for Information Display. 13 (6): 525–535. doi:10.1889/1.1974009. 
  • VanSlyke, S (November 1997). "Organic light emitting displays". IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA: IEEE. p. 361. doi:10.1109/LEOS.1997.630667. 
  • Williams, D.J.; VanSlyke, S.A.; Tang, C.W (June 1996). "Recent progress in organic electroluminescent devices". Summaries of papers presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics. San Francisco, CA: IEEE. p. 87. doi:10.1109/CLEO.1996.864395.