Walter Riess  Walter Riess photo       

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Department Manager Science & Technology
Zurich Research Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland
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Professional Associations:  Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG)  |  IEEE, Senior Member  |  Materials Research Society (MRS)  |  Swiss Physical Society

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More information:  Science & Technology  |  Binnig & Rohrer Nanotechnology Center

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Dr. Walter Riess is Head of the Science & Technology department at IBM Research – Zurich and coordinator of the Binnig and Rohrer Nanotechnology Center. The Zurich laboratory is home to world-class scientists representing more than 45 nationalities. Cutting-edge research and outstanding scientific achievements — including two Nobel Prizes — are associated with this Lab. The research activities of the Science & Technology department include future device concepts, quantum computing, personalized medicine, mobile health, human body data interfaces and nanotechnology.

Dr. Riess studied physics at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, where which he earned a Ph.D. in 1991 and habilitated in 1996. From 1991 to 1995, he led the Polymeric Light-Emitting Device group of Experimental Physics II at the University of Bayreuth. In 1995, he joined the IBM Research – Zurich Laboratory as a research staff member working on organic light-emitting diodes (LED). In 1998, he became manager of the Display Technology group working on display applications of electroluminescent organic materials, which today are game-changing technologies used in many television displays and mobile devices.

Dr. Riess has received numerous IBM awards and recognitions, among them the prestigious IBM Corporate Patent Portfolio Award in 2005. In 2007, he received a Special Recognition Award from the Society for Information Display for his leading contributions to the design and development of a top-emitting large-area active-matrix organic light-emitting display driven by amorphous silicon thin-film transistors. In 2014 he was named Distinguished Research Staff Member at IBM Research – Zurich.

Dr. Riess has authored and/or coauthored more than 100 scientific papers and holds 70 granted patents. He is a senior member of IEEE, member of the German Physical Society, the Swiss Physical Society, and the Materials Research Society.

Prior to his professional career, Dr. Riess was an internationally ranked judoka. In 1979, he won the bronze medal at the European Judo Championship in Brescia, Italy.