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Hybrid Electronic & Photonic Materials and Phenomena
Gordon Research Conference

Understanding the Interplay Between Organic and Inorganic Materials

Dates

June 22-27, 2014

Location

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong, China

Organizers

Chairs:
Michael Graetzel & Ben Zhong Tang

Vice Chairs:
Tobin J. Marks & Henry Yan

Meeting Description

Electronic and photonic phenomena based on combining the properties of organic, inorganic, and biological materials systems have emerged as important areas of fundamental and technologically oriented research. Such hybrid systems offer unique electronic and photonic functions that cannot be obtained from the individual systems alone. The goal of the proposed conference will be to discuss and analyze new and exciting phenomena that are only possible when organic and inorganic materials are combined and to better understand their potential impact via the exciting cross-disciplinary discussion and repartee that only Gordon conferences can offer. Continuous development of the hybrid electronics/photonics field will have important impacts in two aspects. Most immediately, it will help us to answer a number of fundamental questions that are emerging in the interdisciplinary fields of contemporary physical sciences. Over the longer term, it will also unlock the potential for paradigm-changing solutions to important challenges of the 21stcentury, such as solar energy utilization and environmentally friendly technologies, among others. Examples of topics that could be covered by the conference include the following.

  1. Dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical solar cells, also known as Graetzel cells. The synergy between nano-structured inorganic semiconductors, organic and metal-organic sensitizers, organic or inorganic electrolytes, and inorganic or metal-organic redox partners offers a rich interplay of dissimilar forms of matter. The performance of these cells in solar energy conversion is of interest from both fundamental scientific and technological standpoints.
  2. Hybrid organic-inorganic micro- and nano-photonic structures and circuitry. The ability of inorganic structures such as lithographically nanostructured silicon to capture and manipulate light in complementary, synthetically tailored organic p-electron optical networks offers new opportunities for high-speed optical signal processing in highly miniaturized devices. Furthermore, combining such high-response organic materials with transparent oxide modulating electrodes offers new opportunities to create high-speed optical signal processing circuitry with minimal power consumption.
  3. Hybrid organic-inorganic photovoltaic phenomena. Positive but not always well-understood synergies between inorganic electrodes, organic or inorganic interfacial layers, and active layers that consist of both organic and inorganic constituents can achieve solar cell performance greater than that achieved by organic materials alone. The challenges in this area include understanding how these diverse materials interact and how they can be tailored to maximize light capture, power conversion efficiency, durability, and manufacturability.
  4. Hybrid functional electronic structures. Positive but poorly understood interactions between organic or inorganic semiconductors, gate dielectrics, organic or inorganic conductors can give rise to high-performance electronic circuitry that can be both mechanically flexible and optically transparent. The interplay between such diverse materials is of both fundamental scientific and technological interest. In some cases these materials combinations allow roll-to-roll printing of circuitry, and the first technologies are now entering the marketplace.
  5. Hybrid organic and inorganic luminescent materials. There are many emerging examples of hybrid electronic and photonic materials finding applications in biological systems for bio-sensing and bio-imaging. Organic and inorganic luminescence materials have been used in bioimaging applications recently and have yielded exciting results.
  6. Hybrid inorganic-organic biological photonic structures. There is growing evidence that some photosynthetic marine organisms grow, via biomineralization, optically transparent inorganic structures to serve as light pipes to power their photosynthetic machinery.

In short, the hybrid electronics/photonics GRC will feature sessions on currently very active topics that include dye-sensitized solar cells and organic/inorganic interfacial phenomena, as well as emerging areas and new phenomena such as graphene-based hybrid devices and organic/inorganic luminescence in bio-imaging. World leaders in all of these areas will be speakers and discussion leaders, making the conference an excellent forum for scientists from different disciplines to meet and initiate new research directions.

This GRC will take place in Hong Kong, because of its location and history as the meeting point of East and West, making it an ideal place to coordinate the world-wide activities in the field.

Contributors

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmLate-Breaking Results on Hybrid Material Systems
Discussion Leader: Michael Graetzel (EPFL, Switzerland)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmAnders Hagfeldt (Uppsala University, Sweden)
"General Design Rules to High-Efficiency Dye Sensitized Solar Cells"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmSeth Marder (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
"Charge Injection and Extraction at Hybrid Interfaces"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmDye-Sensitized Solar Cells
Discussion Leader: Qian Miao (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China)
9:00 am - 9:40 amMohammad Nazeeruddin (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, EPFL, Switzerland)
"Molecular Engineering of Sensitizers and Redox Mediators for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amChen-Yu Yeh (National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan)
"Rational Molecular Design of Porphyrins for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmLicheng Sun (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden and Dalian University of Technology, China)
"Organic Hole Transport Materials for Hybrid Solar Cells"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmHybrid Photovoltaic Phenomena
Discussion Leader: Andrey Rogach (City University of Hong Kong, China)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmHenry Snaith (University of Oxford, UK)
"High-Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cells"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmNam Gyu Park (Sungkyunkwan University, Korea)
"High Efficiency Perovskite Solar Cell via Nanoengineering"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmHybrid Electronic Devices and Phenomena
Discussion Leader: Jianbin Xu (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China)
9:00 am - 9:40 amZhenan Bao (Stanford University, USA)
"Skin-Inspired Flexible and Stretchable Electronic Materials and Devices"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amHenning Sirringhaus (University of Cambridge, UK)
"Charge and Spin Transport Physics of Organic and Oxide Semiconductors"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmMichael Wasielewski (Northwestern University, USA)
"Singlet Exciton Fission in Organic Semiconductors"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmOrganic/Inorganic Interface
Discussion Leader: Henning Sirringhaus (University of Cambridge, UK)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmWilliam Gillin (University of London, London)
"Organo-Erbium Systems for Optical Amplification at Telecommunications Wavelengths"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmMilko Van der Boom (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
"Pyridine Coordination Chemistry for Molecular Assemblies on Surfaces"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmOrganic/Inorganic Hybrid Materials for Bio-Imaging/Sensing
Discussion Leader: Christopher Chang (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amDeqing Zhang (Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
"New Luminogens with Strong Emission Upon Aggregation for Photonic and Sensing Applications"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amBin Liu (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
"Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles for Imaging and Therapy"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:40 amTBA (Poster Talk to Be Selected at the Conference)
11:40 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 11:55 amTBA (Poster Talk to Be Selected at the Conference)
11:55 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:10 pmTBA (Poster Talk to Be Selected at the Conference)
12:10 pm - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:25 pmTBA (Poster Talk to Be Selected at the Conference)
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmHybrid Materials in Bio-Systems
Discussion Leader: Bin Liu (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmVivian Yam (The University of Hong Kong, China)
"Photofunctional Molecular Materials - From Design to Assembly and Functions"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmChristopher Chang (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Molecular Imaging Approaches to Mapping and Understanding Chemistry in the Brain"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmOther Hybrid Electronics and Photonics
Discussion Leader: Roy Vellaisamy (City University of Hong Kong, China)
9:00 am - 9:40 amHe Tian (East China University of Science & Technology, China)
"Dyes Molecular Engineering for Efficient Dye Sensitized Solar Cells"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amHong Lin (Tsinghua University, China)
"Borrowing Concepts from Electronics: Perovskite Solar Cells Look at Higher Performance"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 11:40 amTBA (Poster Talk to Be Selected at the Conference)
11:40 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 11:55 amTBA (Poster Talk to Be Selected at the Conference)
11:55 am - 12:00 pmDiscussion
12:00 pm - 12:10 pmTBA (Poster Talk to Be Selected at the Conference)
12:10 pm - 12:15 pmDiscussion
12:15 pm - 12:25 pmTBA (Poster Talk to Be Selected at the Conference)
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmSelected Poster Presentations
Speakers Will Be Selected by the Chairs at the Conference
6:00 pmDinner
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material/event (or by members of the project team) do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Innovation and Technology Commission or the Vetting Committee of the General Support Programme of the Innovation and Technology Fund.
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