Dimmler combines chemistry with technology

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* Name: Klaus Dimmler

* Organization: OrganicID

* Position: CEO/president

* Hometown: Colorado Springs, originally from Germany

* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: 16 years

* Education: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Cornell University

* A few words about your company: We are working to produce printable RFID (radio frequency identification) tags. The tags are used in applications where you would likely now find bar codes. RFID tags are used today to tag items such as pallets. The advantage is that they are wireless. They eventually will replace bar codes, but as of now are too expensive, costing 30 to 50 cents per tag. Industry is seeking a much lower price. We’re producing a tag using organic electronics. You can produce a transistor like you can with silicon, but the advantage is that they can be printed, like ink. The downside of organic transistors is that their performance is much lower, 2,000 times less than silicon.

* Recent accomplishments: We’ve been incorporated about three months. What we have done is form a team, which includes Professor Dodaba Lapur, who has worked at Bell Laboratories, which pioneered organic chemistry. Lapur now works at the University of Texas, which OrganicID has a working relationship with. Devices are being developed there. OrganicID’s design team is in Colorado Springs and is in the process of building its first test chip. The company plans to have the chip ready by the end of the month.

* Biggest career break: My education, work experience and the people that I’ve met. Not any one single event.

* The toughest part of your job: Bringing together all the necessary ingredients to make things work technically and financially. Technically this particular field has several interdisciplinary fields in it, and the team must have members who understand subjects as diverse as the chemistry of organic electronics and printing. The challenge is bringing together many people who haven’t talked before. Conveying the concept to investors also is a challenge. They must be visionary people. They must envision a market that does not yet exist.

* Someone you admire: The early explorers and technical innovators or our world. Lewis and Clark, Neil Armstrong, William Shockley, Albert Einstein

* About your family: Wife, Jeanne and daughter, Jana, 4.

* Something else you’d like to accomplish: I’d like to visit Africa and go on safari

* How your business will change in the next decade: I think it will change in the sense that we’ll have a lot more partners and participation from a lot of different elements. Once we’re successful we’ll need to partner with larger companies to get into the market. The major change is that we’ll be working with a lot of bigger companies in one way or another.

* What book are you currently reading? A lot of books on organic chemistry.

* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? I think I’d like to have an airport that has more direct connections to major cities such as San Francisco and Austin.