Only yesterday Ben Bajarin was bemoaning the shortage of innovation in the tech industry; it seems Sony may have been worried about the same thing. The company has announced that 2010 Nobel Prize winner Professor Ei-ichi Negishi will join Sony as Executive Research Advisor for materials and devices R&D, specifically covering organic electronics. Sony expects Professor Negishi's input to be particularly useful in in-house and external research into OLED, flexible OLED and next-gen rechargeable batteries.
His expertise will also be tapped for organic photovoltaic cell development, vegetable-based plastics and recycled plastics, as Sony attempts to corner the market in organic synthesis. Professor Negishi won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry together with Akira Suzuki, Professor Emeritus at Hokkaido University and Richard F. Heck, Professor Emeritus at University of Delaware, for their research findings in "palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis." He is the Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University (USA) and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hokkaido University Catalysis Research Center.
[via Sony Insider]