CISES Speaker

Dr. Tianniu Chen

  • Merck Holding (China) Co., Ltd
  • Head of Semiconductor Solutions, Electronics Business
  • Biography

Dr. Tianniu (Rick) Chen is the Head of Semiconductor Solutions, Electronics business of Merck, China, who is currently based in Shanghai. Prior to his current appointment at Merck, Rick served as the general manager of global SP&C (Surface Preparation & Cleans) SBU (Sub Business Unit) of legacy Versum Materials since 2016 and held positions as a global business technology manager and the global business marketing director in former EMD (Electronics Materials Division) of APCI (Air Products and Chemicals) since 2014. Right before joining APCI, Rick was the manager of a global R&D team at the former Hi-tech division of Sigma Aldrich, now a part of Merck KGaA. Prior to that, Rick held a variety of technical and managerial positions in global R&D organizations at former Advanced Technology Materials, Inc. (ATMI), now a part of Entegris.

Dr. Tianniu (Rick) Chen received his B.S. in organic chemistry and M.S. in super-molecular chemistry both from Nanjing University in P.R. China. Rick then went on to receive his PhD in Organometallic/Materials Chemistry from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) in the U.S.

Dr. Tianniu (Rick) Chen has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal papers, which have been cited by others for more than 1615 times; Has more than 20 granted patents; Since 2013, he has served as an invited reviewer of “Materials chemistry and Physics” (impact factor, 3.408, Elsevier Press); an invited reviewer of “Microelectronics Engineering” since 2018 (impact factor, 2.305, Elsevier Press); Since 2020, he has been elected into the SemiChina materials Committee; From 2016 to 2020, he was elected to the SemiTaiwan materials Committee; Since 2018, he has been elected to the SPCC Technical Committee.

  • Presentation

Enabling the Future of Semiconductors and Electronics in a Data-driven World.

The world today is charactered with accelerated digitalization across industries and around the globe, and we have witnessed the exponential growth of data alongside this megatrend. All these data need to be generated, transferred, processed and stored, and eventually be made visible and accessible for human beings. That’s where Merck and its Electronics business come into play. We bring a unique perspective with our Semiconductor Solutions as “the intelligence within” and Display Solutions at “the interface to” an increasingly data-driven and digitalized world.

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  • Company Profile

Merck Holding (China) Co., Ltd

About Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany 

Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, operates across healthcare, life science, and electronics. From advancing gene-editing technologies and discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2020, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of € 17.5 billion in 66 countries.

Most recently, Merck KGaA changed the name of its Performance Materials business sector to Electronics. The new name is the visible result of the strategic realignment conducted over the past several years and a further milestone of the “Bright Future” transformation program. We are the company behind the companies – advancing digital living!

As the company behind the companies advancing digital living, the Electronics business sector is involved in all major technology trends – be it 5G, Big Data, autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, or the Internet of Things. Thanks to these and other megatrends, the demand for ever smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient electronics is continuously growing.

Electronics covers a broad range of products and solutions, including high-tech materials and solutions for the semiconductor industry as well as liquid crystals and OLED materials for displays and effect pigments for coatings and cosmetics. The Electronics
business sector generates around 90% of its sales in the two business units Semiconductor Solutions and Display Solutions.

We are the ONLY company covering the entire value chain in the semiconductor ecosystem providing customers with end-to-end solutions & expertise to accelerate the path from research to production.

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For further information on the Electronics business sector of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, please visit

Merck KGaA Headquarters
Frankfurter Strasse 250
64293 Darmstadt
Phone: +49 6151 72-0
Telefax: +49 6151 72-2000

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