MRS Spring Meeting 2019 – Excitonic Materials & Quantum Dots for Energy Conversion

Symposium ES19 – Excitonic Materials and Quantum Dots for Energy Conversion

Multi-excitonic processes in conjugated organic molecules and quantum confined semiconductor nanocrystals potentially allow the energy in photons to be directed as desired. Design of the molecular framework or material nanostructure will allow a wide range of optical, electronic and mechanical properties to be engineered for energy conversion. This symposium will emphasize the diverse applications of excitonic materials, including colloidally synthesized quantum dots, pi-conjugated systems, and their hybrid constituents, in applications ranging from photovoltaics to bioimaging. There will also be sessions focusing on fundamental materials properties correlating structure to photophysical properties, nano- and mesoscale order and composition to optoelectronic properties of thin films. The symposium will highlight recent progress and identify new directions in emerging, interdisciplinary areas of nanoscience.

Nanoscale Advances is delighted to sponsor this session.

Topics will include:

  • Computational methods for excitonic materials
  • Exciton-based photon upconversion
  • Multiple exciton generation in QDs
  • Singlet fission in molecules or polymers
  • Exciton-charge dynamics in organic/QD hybrid systems
  • Optoelectronic devices (e.g. transistors, photodetectors) based on exciton or charge transport
  • Role of the interface in energy and charge transport
  • Hierarchical order at the nano- and mesoscale (e.g. organic or QD thin films)
  • Emerging applications incorporating colloidally-synthesized QDs, e.g. Biological: in-vivo and in-vitro; Photocatalysis: solar fuel production; Next-generation photovoltaics with the lead chalcogenides and perovskites


Invited Speakers:

  • Ryu Abe (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Marc Baldo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Bruno Ehrler (AMOLF, Netherlands)
  • Daniel Gamelin (University of Washington, USA)
  • Neil Greenham (Cambridge University, United Kingdom)
  • Dirk Guldi (Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany)
  • Kathryn Knowles (University of Rochester, USA)
  • Maksym Kovalenko (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Switzerland)
  • Maria Antonietta Loi (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
  • Kenji Matsuda (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Hunter McDaniel (UbiQD, Inc., USA)
  • Ivan Mora-sero (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
  • Zhijun Ning (Shanghai Tech University, China)
  • Matthew Panthani (Iowa State University, USA)
  • Sean Roberts (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Edward Sargent (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Alina Schimpf (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Pete Sercel (California Institute of Technology)
  • Tomohiro Shiraki (Kyushu University, Japan)
  • Susanna Thon (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Mark Wilson (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Vanessa Wood (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
  • Xinhua Zhong (East China University of Science and Technology, China)
  • Joel Yuen Zhou (University of California, San Diego, USA)


Symposium Organizers

MingLee Tang
University of California, Riverside
Joey Luther
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Wanli Ma
Soochow University
Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials
Nobuhiro Yanai
Kyushu University
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Further Information

Register before 5 April 2019 for reduced rates!

More details are available on the event website:

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