Riel is a trained cabinet maker and studied physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the University of Bayreuth , where she received her doctorate in 2003. At the time she was already at IBM in the IBM research laboratory in Rüschlikon , where she came in 1998 after she was at the Hewlett Packard research laboratory in Palo Alto . The topic of the dissertation was the optimization of multilayer OLED systems. Immediately after completing her dissertation, she became a permanent member of the laboratory. Since 2008 she has headed the Nanoscale Electronics Group at the IBM Research Center Rüschlikon.
In 2011 she also completed an MBA in business administration ( Henley Business School ).
In 2005 she received the Prize for Applied Physics of the Swiss Physical Society for her outstanding contributions to establishing OLED as a competitive technology in flat screen technology . The breakthrough came in 2003 with the successful demonstration of a 20-inch color flat screen with AMOLED (Active Matrix OLED) at IBM Research in collaboration with Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) and International Display Technology (IDTech). A matrix of thin-film transistors made of amorphous silicon (a-Si-TFT) was used. With their low energy consumption and cost-effective production, they represented a promising competition to the LCD flat screens that had dominated until then and are often used in smart phones and tablet PCs. For this purpose, Riel developed OLEDs with high energy efficiency and long-term stability and a new type of OLED architecture with optimized light extraction.
In 2003 she was named one of the top 100 young scientists by the Technology Review of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology . In 2012 she received a prize from the Swiss Association of Women Engineers (SVIN).
In 2013 she became an IBM Fellow . Up until 2013 she received a total of twelve IBM awards and held 27 patents.
She is a member of the German and Swiss Physical Society and the IEEE . In 2013 she received a Humboldt Professorship in Munich, but did not take it up because she became an IBM Fellow in 2013. In 2015 she was elected to the Leopoldina . In 2015 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Lund University.
- Web site at IBM Research
- CV at the Leopoldina. (pdf) 2015.
- Heike Riel in the AcademiaNet database of renowned women scientists
- Heike Riel receives the 2005 Applied Physics Award
- SVIN Prize 2012
- Fellow Award: IBM honors researcher in Rüschlikon. netzwoche.ch, April 3, 2013, accessed on February 21, 2018 .
- Press release IBM
- Announcement from the Humboldt Society
- Member of Heike Riel (with picture and CV) at the German Academy of Natural Scientists Leopoldina , accessed on June 11, 2016.
- Heike Riel appointed honorary doctor. Lund University, 2015, accessed February 21, 2018 .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Riel, Heike E.|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German physicist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 6, 1971|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Nuremberg|