Carlo Taliani, one of the most renowned scientists in the field of organic electronics materials and founding member of ECME, suddenly passed away on 12 August 2015. He was Professor at the University of Bologna until 1989, then Research Director at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) until he retired in 2010. He was also Director of the Institute of Molecular Spectroscopy at CNR in Bologna.

During his career Carlo Taliani significantly contributed to a variety of topics at the frontier of science including spectroscopy of organic single crystals, organic semiconductors, superconductivity, fullerene and organic opto-electronics. He pioneered organic spintronics and demonstrated one of the first oligomer based thin-film transistors.

More recently he broadened his interests to nanostructured hybrid materials and nanotechnologies for applications in information technologies and renewable energy sources and in innovative coatings.

In 2003 he founded the first CNR Spin-off company, Organic Spintronics, and acted as President and CEO until his sudden death.

ECME 2015 is dedicated to his memory.