Biography- Jeremy A Theil

Dr. Theil is a dynamic leader with hands-on experience in incubation and commercialization of advanced materials and technology programs. He specializes in semiconductor, nanotechnology, and clean energy sectors, successfully driving programs from laboratory settings through high-volume manufacturing release. He is currently Senior Director of 3DIC External Programs for Invensas a division of Xperi Corporation, focusing on zero-clearance hybrid bonding for 3D integrated circuits. He is an industry expert in process integration and development and is a recognized expert in all production-proven thin-film photovoltaic technologies (CdTe, CIGS, GaAs, and a-Si:H).

He has extensive experience in leading complex multi-site and international  programs. He built and managed First Solar’s California CdTe research laboratory.  At both First Solar and Optisolar he managed critical research programs, successfully bringing online two pilot lines (60MW CIGS, and 20MW a-Si:H, respectively). At Alta Devices, he spearheaded their successful Department of Energy research program, and developed materials for their record-breaking high-efficiency solar cell technology. In energy storage, he developed Quantumscape’s thin-film commercialization strategy for their solid-state electrolyte technology.  Additionally, he has taught solar cell manufacturing technology at San Jose State University as well as commericalization management.

Prior to renewable energy he developed advanced materials and novel products in the semiconductor industry. At Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, he worked on CMOS process integration and materials development, including pioneering a world-class a-Si:H elevated photodiode array technology, and advanced low-k materials. In his role as in-house entrepreneur at Agilent Technologies, he led creation of a novel highly-integrated and low-cost sensor concepts. At Philips Lumileds, he worked on yield improvement of AlInGaP and InGaN high-brightness LED technologies.

His educational background includes a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in plasma chemistry and film evolution of silicon-based materials, a M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in reactive sputtering of vanadium oxide films, both in Materials Science, and a B.S. from Carnegie-Mellon University in Metallurgical Engineering. He authored 50 papers, including two review articles, and 68 patents and patent applications.

Professionally, he is an active member of the Materials Research Society (MRS) where he serves as Associate Editor for Clean Energy and Sustainable Technologies of MRS Advances, (ISSN: 2059-8521) the MRS's newest peer-reviewed journal. He is chair of the IEEE Silicon Valley Sustainability chapter, and is leading the Educational Resources Taskforce for the sustainability subcommittee of the Materials Research Society. Most recently he was chair of the Spring Materials Research Society Meeting in San Francisco, and in Spring 2005 and Fall 2007, he chaired symposia on monolithic instruments. He is also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and from 2015 until 2020 he has been treasurer of the Silicon Valley Photovoltaic Society (SVPVS). He was on the Technical Program Committee for the 2017 and 2018 IWLPC (International Wafer-Level Packaging Conference).