Clark I. Bright

Bright Thin Film Solutions LLC
7850 N. Silverbell Rd, Suite 114-107
Tucson, AZ, USA
Phone (520) 204-7245 In 2013,

In 2013, Clark founded a consulting company, Bright Thin Film Solutions LLC, to use his many years of experience to assist both large and small companies in multiple technical areas including: transparent conductive coatings, optical thin films and vacuum deposition process development.

He was a Senior Staff Scientist and Group Technical Leader with 3M Corporate Research Laboratory before retiring in December 2012. At 3M, he developed roll coated, vacuum deposited, multilayer organic and/or inorganic thin film products for optical, conductive, solar and barrier applications. Previously, he was Vice President at Delta V Technology where he directed the R&D of transparent conductive oxides, barrier coatings, color-shifting thin films and polymer multilayer technology. 3M acquired Delta V in 2000. As Director of Product Development at Southwall Technologies, he led teams developing transparent low e and solar control coatings, transparent conductive metal and oxide coatings, and durable, conductive (ITO), multilayer antireflection coatings, magnetron sputter deposited on plastic film. Clark founded Optical & Conductive Coatings (OCC), which became recognized as an industry leader for over fifteen years in custom thin film coatings for military, industrial and scientific applications. Southwall Technologies acquired OCC in 1992.

Clark served 12 years on the Board of Directors, and was President of the Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC). He has been an SVC instructor since 1995, giving tutorials on ITO, TCO and TCC. In 2009, he received the SVC Mentor Award, and in 2012 the Nathaniel H. Sugerman Award. In 2010, he received the “Lifetime” award and in 2014 the “Senator” award from the Symposium of European Vacuum Coaters, in Anzio, Italy. He has presented and published numerous papers on optical coatings,¬†including recent book chapters on transparent conductors in “Transparent Electronics: From Synthesis to Applications” (Wiley, 2010) and¬†Optical Thin Films and Coatings from Materials to Applications” (Woodhouse, 2013). He holds 30 U.S. patents and numerous more foreign patents in the field. Clark is a member of the American Vacuum Society (AVS), Materials Research Society (MRS), Society of Information Display (SID), Optical Society of America (OSA) and the SVC.