Semiconducting organic materials have been the focus of attention of materials scientist and engineers over the last two decades. Tailoring the molecular and supramolecular structure of organic materials allows the manipulation of their mechanical, electrical and optoelectronic properties with elegance, precision, and endless versatility, thus improving the existing technologies and enabling novel applications. Organic light- emitting diodes (OLED), field- effect transistors (OFET), photovoltaic cells (OPV, DSSC and perovskites (hybrid nanostructures)) and conjugated polymer sensors are aggressively entering the market, whilst other technologies are emerging and rapidly developing (e.g. organic lasers and materials for LiFi).
Recent progress in the synthesis of new materials led to excellent performance for OFET devices with charge-carrier mobilities above 10 cm2/Vs being reported; while power conversion efficiencies above 12 % have been demonstrated with OPVs, around 15 % for DSSC and over 22 % for perovskite solar cells. While further progress in molecular design is certainly possible and necessary, there is a growing understanding in the field that the “supramolecular control” of molecular packing and materials morphology is necessary to realize the full potential of organic electronics.
Photonics research is a highly complementary theme to organic electronics and, indeed, integrated in many applications. The 21st century will depend as much on photonics as the 20th century depended on electronics. Photonics products are everywhere, in consumer electronics (barcode scanners, DVD players), telecommunications (internet), health (eye surgery, medical instruments, diagnostics), the manufacturing industry (laser cutting and machining), defense and security (infrared camera, remote sensing), entertainment (holography, laser shows), etc. Most photonic applications are in the range of visible and near-infrared light. For these, organic materials start to play a crucial role.
This symposium will focus on an interdisciplinary approach where chemistry, physics and material engineering are combined to address the fundamental and practical aspects of organic optoelectronic materials and their integration in electronic and photonic devices.
- New building blocks and new synthetic approaches (e.g., direct CH arylation) to organic semiconductors
- Supramolecular control in organic semiconductors
- Responsive conjugated materials, particularly electro- and photochromics
- New photo- physical- chemical phenomena of organic devices (e.g. TADF)
- Multi- photonic (1PA, 2PA, 3PA) processes and their technological uses
- New trends in electroluminescent devices (WOLED, OLET, etc.)
- Organic solar cells (polymer and small molecule OPV, DSSC and perovskite SC, new concept devices)
- Organic field effect transistors (high mobility materials; ambipolar OFETs; applications)
- High gain, high emissive materials for photonic applications (organic lasers, hybrid LEDs, LiFi)
- Organic electronics for biological applications (sensing, biointegration, electronic skin, etc)
- Industrial processing of organic electronic devices (printed & flexible electronics)
- Theoretical calculations in organic electronics
- Role of surfaces and interfaces in organic devices
- Nanoelectronics and nanophotonics
CONFIRMED: Aram Amassian (KAUST, Saudi Arabia), Natalie Banerji (University of Fribourg, Switzerland), Darya Baran (KAUST, Saudi Arabia), Alejandro Briseno (University of Massachusetts Boston, USA), Chunyan Chi (National University of Singapore, Singapore), Kyung Hyun Choi (Jeju National University, South Korea), Lay-Lay Chua (National University of Singapore, Singapore), Oana Jurchescu (Wake Forest University, USA), Monica Lira-Cantu (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Spain), Iain McCulloch (Imperial College London, UK and KAUST, Saudi Arabia), Martyn McLachlan (Imperial College London, UK), Carlos Penedo (University of St Andrews, UK), Mildred Quintana (Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí, Mexico), Jonathan Rivnay (Northwestern, USA), Carlos Silva (University of Montreal, Canada), Wei-Fang Su (National Taiwan University, Taiwan), Tomás Torres (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain), Yutaka Wakayama (National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan)