Professor Salleo received his Laurea degree in Chemistry from the University of Rome (Italy) in 1994. He received his M.S. (1998) and Ph.D. (2001) in Materials Science from UC Berkeley investigating optical breakdown in fused silica. He spent 5 years at the Palo Alto Research Center as a postdoc and then a member of the research staff in the Electronic Materials Laboratory before joining the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University in 2005. His research interests include: novel materials and processing techniques for large-area and flexible electronic/photonic devices, ultra-fast laser processing for electronics, photonics and biotechnology, defects and structure/property studies of polymeric semiconductors, nano-structured and amorphous materials in thin films.