Dr Jeremy Burroughes undertook a PhD. with Professor Sir Richard Friend at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. The thesis title was "The Physical Processes in Organic Semiconductor Polymer Devices" which was completed in early 1989. Just after finishing his PhD, he discovered that conjugated polymers could electro-luminesce. This resulted in a patent being filed shortly afterwards, which lead to the formation of Cambridge Display Technology Ltd. a few years later.
In 1989, h joined the T. J. Watson Research Center, IBM working on III/V semiconductor high speed metal-semiconductor-metal photo-detectors for low cost infra-red communication systems. In 1991 after three months at the Cavendish working on a simple 3 x 5-pixel light emitting polymer display, he joined Toshiba to develop quantum electronic and opto-electronic devices such as single electron transistors.
In 1997, he joined Cambridge Display Technology Ltd. and have held a senior position in the company ever since. His current position is Chief Technical Officer. During that time, the company was sold twice the latter time to Sumitomo Chemical and in between for a few years CDT was on the NASDAQ. His current key responsibilities are New Frontiers Activity, which identifies new technology projects and potential innovation partners along with Open Innovation and Intellectual Property. New Frontiers also carries out initial feasibility research to demonstrate the validity of the new technology and to ensure early patents are filed.