Dr. Robert Visser is managing director of advanced chemistry and materials for the Advanced Technology Group at Applied Materials, Inc. He is responsible for creating business opportunities in new and adjacent markets related to future displays, AR and VR, roll-to-roll barrier films, as well as developing novel chemistries for semiconductor manufacturing.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Visser has pioneered research and commercialization of display technologies related to thin film transistors, LCD materials, barrier films (including encapsulation materials), OLED and flexible displays. Prior to joining Applied, he was CTO of Vitex Systems, where he guided the company through conceiving and demonstrating the feasibility of multi-layer thin film encapsulation technology, to the industrialization of its manufacturing equipment and transformation into a technology licensing company. Dr. Visser also spent 18 years in various roles at Philips Research, including CEO and CTO of the PolyLED business. Received a Special Award from SID in 2016 for his work on OLED and Thin Film Encapsulation.
Dr. Visser holds a master’s degree in theoretical organic chemistry and physics, and a Ph.D. in physical and organic chemistry, both from Leiden University, Netherlands.