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J. Devin MacKenzie

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Associate Professor
Materials Science & Engineering

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Devin MacKenzie is the Washington Research Foundation Professor of Clean Energy and an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at UW. Devin is a scientist, research leader and seed stage entrepreneur with over 17 years of experience in printable and flexible electronic materials and integrated systems. He is currently the CEO of Imprint Energy, a UC Berkeley spin-out developing flexible, high energy batteries based on large-area print manufacturing. Previously, as the CTO of Add-Vision, Inc., Dr. MacKenzie led R&D of materials and processing for roll-to-roll printed flexible OLED displays. Prior to Add-Vision, he initiated and led printed Si GHz RF device, laser processing and product engineering at Kovio, Inc., an MIT Media Lab spinout.

Dr. MacKenzie also co-founded the first ink jet printed electronics company, Plastic Logic, from the University of Cambridge while he was in the Dept. of Physics as a post doc and later a visiting scientist researching solution-processed photovoltaics, phase separation in optoelectronic polymer blends and surface-directed self assembly of device nanostructures. Prior to that he worked in InGaAsP defect analysis at AT&T Bell Labs in Murray Hill.

Dr. MacKenzie has over 110 patents and publications and doctorate, master’s, and undergraduate degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida and MIT. He has received numerous awards including being elected to the Cleantech 100 two years in a row as well as being recognized for leading one of the Top 50 Smartest Companies of 2015 by the MIT Technology Review.


  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida, 1998
  • M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Florida
  • B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993

Research Statement

Devin MacKenzie's work is centered around the development of new materials, device structures and integrated processes that enable highly efficient roll-to-roll (R2R) processing of devices for energy storage, sensing, and integrated medical systems, enabling applications not well served by conventional semiconductor and lithium energy storage technologies that lack the processing rate, have large carbon footprints and use environmentally damaging materials in subtractive processes.

Select publications

  1. J. D. MacKenzie and C. Ho, "Perspectives on Energy Storage for Flexible Electronic Systems," Proceeding of the IEEE, 2015, Accepted for Publication.
  2. US 8,680,678 "Formulation for Improved Electrodes for Electronic Devices," J. D. MacKenzie and J. P. Chen, Issued March 25, 2014.
  3. US 8,652,354. "Organic additives for improved lifetimes in organic and solution processible electronic devices," MacKenzie, J. D., Chen, J.P, and Zhang, J., Issued Feb 18, 2014.
  4. WO 2013033035 PCT/US "Permeable electrodes for high performance organic electronic devices," J. D. MacKenzie, Published May 7, (2013).
  5. US 7,935,565 "Electronic Devices," Sirringhaus, H., Brown T., Mackenzie, J. D., Issued May 3, 2011.
  6. US 7,407,849 "Self-Aligned Printing," Sirringhaus, H., Wilson, D., Banach, M., Huck, W., MacKenzie, J., Sele, C., Stone, N., Issued May 3, 2011.
  7. Arias, D. MacKenzie, I. McCulloch, and A. Salleo, "Materials and Applications for Large Area Electronics," Chem Rev. 110 (1), pp 3–24 (2010).
  8. US 7,387,260 "MOS transistor with laser-patterned metal gate, and method for making the same" C. Choi, J. Rockenberger, C. Gudeman and D. MacKenzie, Issued Oct. 23, 2010.
  9. US 7,687,327 "Methods for manufacturing RFID tags and structures formed therefrom," M. Cleeves, J. D. MacKenzie and A. Kainth, Issued March 30, 2010.
  10. US61/183003 "Encapsulation Process and Structure for Electronic Devices," J. D. MacKenzie, E. Jones and Y. Nakazawa, Filed 6/1/2010.

Honors & awards

  • Washington Research Foundation Professor in Clean Energy (current)
  • Global Cleantech 100 Award 2014
  • R&D Award FlexTech Alliance 2014
  • Best Product Development Award: Ultrathin energy storage for flexible, thin wireless electronics, Printed Electronics USA 2013
  • Invited Speaker to the World Summit on Innovation Entrepreneurship, "On Reshaping the Battery Landscape", 2013