Alex Jen, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Chief Scientific Advisor to Soluxra

Dr. Jen brings more than 25 years of combined academic and industrial experience to his leadership role in Soluxra. He is currently Chair of the Materials Science & Engineering Department at the University of Washington and is the Director of the Institute of Advanced Materials Science and Technology. He has published more than 450 scientific papers and has 50+ patents and records of invention. He is on the Board of Directors of the Washington Technology Center, is a Fellow in the Optical Society of America, International Society of Optical Engineering, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Chemical Society.


Jingdong Luo, Ph.D

Co-founder and Director of Photonic Materials

Jingdong has more than ten years of experience in the field of organic photonics and electronics. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Wuhan University P.R. China in 2000, then worked as a research associate at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He moved to Dr. Jen’s lab at the University of Washington as a post-doctoral researcher in 2001 and has now been in the group for ten years. Jingdong is currently the project leader of Dr. Jen’s organic nonlinear optical materials for information technology group. He has co-authored more than 200 research papers and texts and holds six patents. His major scientific achievements include supramolecular engineering of organic nonlinear optical materials for low driven voltage modulators, high performance electro-optic polymers for CPU CMOS and silicon photonic platforms, and aggregation induced emission mechanism for OLED and sensing applications.


Changzhi Li, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

With 10 years’ experience in the field of functional materials and organic electronics, Dr. Chang-Zhi Li, as a Senior Scientist, is in charge of photovoltaic division operation, Soluxra, LLC. Dr. Li received his PhD in Chemistry from Fudan University, P. R. China, and then worked as research scientist for Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology (ERATO) program, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the University of Tokyo. He moved to Prof. Alex Jen’s group in 2010 and now is an acting instructor at the University of Washington. Dr. Li has published more than 40 research papers and filed 4 patents and records of invention. His original contribution includes the development of anion induced n-doping system and its mechanism, approaches for regioselective functionalization of fullerene, self-assembly of functional molecules in solution, liquid crystals and crystals for highly efficient organic and organic/inorganic hybrid electronics.