James Ma

Senior Scientist, Renewable Solutions Laboratory


Dr. James (Jiaying) Ma is a senior scientist in the Renewable Solutions Laboratory of 3M Company headquartered in St. Paul, MN, USA. He pioneered the design and application of applying light management to increase module/cell efficiency, and is the original inventor of light redirecting films at 3M. He has 20+ years’ experience in commercializing innovative films/components for solar and display industries. His expertise is in optics, optical engineering, material sciences and processes. He developed some of the breakthrough products using micro-replication, multi-layer polymer films, and adhesives. Dr. Ma is a prolific inventor with 23 issued patents and many publications. He earned his Ph.D in Chemistry from The University of Memphis, and completed post doc research in the chemistry department at Purdue University. Additionally, he holds a BS and a MS in Optical Engineering from Zhejiang University. He also attended the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.


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