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.

Symposium Topics

  • 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

Invited Speakers

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)