Dr. Z. Valy Vardeny

Dr. Z. Valy Vardeny currently serves as a Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Utah; a fellow of the American Physical Society (1996); is Editor of both Nature Communication, and Journal of Synthetic Metals; and is consultant to major corporations. He also holds a dozen provisional and issued patents.

Dr. Vardeny is one of the world’s foremost experimental physicists, and is routinely invited to speak at important scientific conferences all over the world, including the Nobel Symposium on “Conducting Polymers” as well as the symposium for the 2000 Nobel Prize Award in Chemistry.

A prolific author, he is credited with publication of 490 peer-reviewed papers in some of the most prestigious publications in the world, including the Physical Review Letters, considered by many to be the most prominent journal in physics, in which his writing has appeared 50 times. He also served as Regional Editor of the Physical Review, a respected American science journal.

His research interest include optical, electrical and magnetic properties of organic semiconductors; fabrication of organic optoelectronic (OLED’s and solar cells) and spintronics (spin-valve) devices; laser action, nonlinear optical spectroscopy, and ultrafast transient spectroscopy of organic semiconductors, nanotubes, and fullerenes; fabrication and properties of 3D dielectric photonic crystals; metallo-dielectric and metallic photonic crystals; 2D plasmonic lattices, quasicrystal and fractals of hole arrays in metallic films.

Dr. Z. Valy Vardeny earned his B.S. and PhD in Physics from the Technion, Haifa, Israel. He received the Yigal Alon National Award in 1982; the University of Utah Research award in 1996; the Willard Award of Art and Science in 1997; the Lady Davis Professorship at the Technion in 2000, in 2005 and again in 2009; the Utah Governor’s Medal of Science and Technology in 2005; the 2008 Frank Isakson APS Prize for Optical Effects in Solids; and the Rosenblatt Award for Excellence at the University of Utah, the university’s highest honor.