Dr. Mark James

Scientific Director Performance Materials


Mark James has a PhD in organic synthesis. After postdoctoral research he joined ICI and remained there for 18 years seeing the transformation through Zeneca to Avecia. He managed projects ranging from biocide design to developing inkjet processes to manufacture PCB’s. In 2005 he moved to the CPI and managed their flexible electronics operation. Mark joined Merck in 2006, leading the company’s functional material patterning activities and in 2010 took over responsible for Merck’s Organic Electronics Business covering the development of and commercialisation of organic semiconductor materials for display backplanes, circuits, OPV and OPD applications. From 2014 to 2018 he was Merck’s global head of R&D for Electronic Materials.

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