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The partnership further strengthens the company's solid presence in Georgia , with offices of Solvay Advanced Polymers in Alpharetta and Solvay Pharmaceuticals in Marietta. For Tech, the partnership enhances its already strong international presence and reputation and adds an outlet for successful technology transfer and commercialization of research.
COPE, through the research group of Jean-Luc Bredas, already conducts research activities with the University of Mons-Hainaut in Belgium . Georgia Tech has two international campuses, Georgia Tech Lorraine in Metz, France ,and Georgia Tech Singapore .
"Because Georgia Tech is an institution that is continuing to grow its reputation as a global player, this partnership helps that effort by strengthening the name recognition in the capital of Europe ," said Bredas, professor at COPE and Tech's School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar.
In addition to Marder and Bredas, two other principals at COPE are Bernard Kippelen, associate director of COPE and professor in Tech's School ofElectrical and Computer Engineering and Marcus Weck , associate professor inthe School of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Leopold Demiddeleer, director of Solvay Corporate R&D and New Business Development, commented: "The New Business Development division of the Solvay Group was looking worldwide to build a strong knowledge and innovation basein advanced materials for organic electronics. COPE was right on target, at the right time and at the right location for us. This winning partnership will take advantage of the world-class expertise of COPE and the industrial potential of Solvay in this highly challenging field. I consider this as the first critical step of a major long-term program for the company. Let's getstarted!"