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Soluxra, LLC

Soluxra LLC is a Seattle-based materials science startup company that was founded in 2010 to commercialize technologies developed at the University of Washington in the laboratory of Professor Alex Jen. The company works with device designers across a range of applications, meeting their needs for performance and stability.

The company's research team focuses on two areas of product development, electro-optic materials and organic electronics.


Alex Jen, Ph.D., co-founder, is Chief Scientific Advisor to Soluxra. Dr. Jen brings more than 25 years of combined academic and industrial experience to his leadership role in Soluxra. He is currently Chair of the Materials Science & Engineering Department at the University of Washington and is the Director of the Institute of Advanced Materials Science and Technology. He has published more than 450 scientific papers and has 50+ patents and records of invention. He is on the Board of Directors of the Washington Technology Center, is a Fellow in the Optical Society of America, International Society of Optical Engineering, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Chemical Society.

Jingdong Luo, Ph.D, co-founder and Director of Photonic Materials, has more than ten years of experience in the field of organic photonics and electronics. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Wuhan University P.R. China in 2000, then worked as a research associate at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He moved to Dr. Jen’s lab at the University of Washington as a post-doctoral researcher in 2001 and has now been in the group for ten years. Jingdong is currently the project leader of Dr. Jen’s organic nonlinear optical materials for information technology group. He has co-authored more than 200 research papers and texts and holds six patents. His major scientific achievements include supramolecular engineering of organic nonlinear optical materials for low driven voltage modulators, high performance electro-optic polymers for CPU CMOS and silicon photonic platforms, and aggregation induced emission mechanism for OLED and sensing applications.

Terri Butler, Ph.D., co-founder and Director of Operations. brings more than 25 years of experience in technology and market development to her position. She has been an early-stage employee in three previous start-ups and one turn-around, as well as having engineering and R&D management experience from 3M where she and her group developed processes for anti-reflective film, traffic control materials, and medical adhesive, as well as other products. She holds 13 patents, six in coating technologies for electrostatic printing and seven in nutritional product applications. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of Minnesota and an Accounting Certificate from the University of Washington Foster School of Business.