Professor Mark Thompson received his B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1980 (U.C. Berkeley), his PhD in chemistry in 1985 (California Institute of Technology) and was a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford University. Prof Thompson is currently the Ray R. Irani Chair of Chemistry at the University of Southern California.
His research involves the study of materials and devices for electroluminescence, photovoltaics and solar cells, chemical/biological sensing and catalysis. Prof Thompson is the author of approximately 400 papers in refereed professional journals and holds more than 250 patents primarily in the areas of optoelectronic applications, such as light emitting devices (LEDs) and solar cells.