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Mark Thompson

University Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science


  • 1985, Doctoral Degree, California Institute of Technology
  • 1980, Bachelor's Degree, Chemistry


Mark E. Thompson graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley earning his B.S. in chemistry in 1980. He earned a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry working under the guidance of Prof. John E. Bercaw. He conducted research at a Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (S.E.R.C.) as a Research Fellow in an Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory at Oxford University. There, Thompson worked with Prof. Malcolm L. H. Green investigating specific properties of organometallic materials.[1]

Following his S.E.R.C. Fellowship, Thompson became an assistant professor at Princeton University in 1987. He moved to the University of Southern California in 1995 where he currently holds a Ray R. Irani Chair of Chemistry. From 2005-2008, Thompson served as the Chemistry Department Chairman at USC.

Research Summary

Research Interests:

- Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs)
- Organic PhotoVoltaic Devices (OPV or Solar Cells)
- Development of Nano-Biotic Sensors
- Development of Abiotic-Biotic Intrfaces

  • Chemistry
  • Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
  • SGM 216
  • Seeley G. Mudd Building
  • 3620 Mcclintock Ave. Los Angeles Ca 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 1062
Contact Information
  • (213) 740-6402