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Advanced materials and architecture for organic, printable and bio-inspired photonics

Photonics is one of the key enabling technologies and plays a central role in fields such as information and communication technology and healthcare. Novel and more performing organic and hybrid materials offer major improvements in photonic applications.


Photonics deals with light generation, transmission, modulation and detection and has been identified as one of the key enabling technologies (KETs) by the European Union. It relies heavily on the development of novel and more performing materials based on organic and hybrid semiconductors that allow fabrication of low cost, flexible and lightweight photonic devices such as amplifiers, switches, sensors and lasers. Despite the recent advances in the field, there are still several key issues to be investigated for organic photonics to yield its full potential. Biomimetic and bio-inspired photonics has also been a tremendous source of inspiration for the whole photonic areas, albeit with a limited, so far, intellectual cross-fertilisation with the photonics of organic, printable and hybrid semiconductors.

This symposium aims at filling this gap, by reviewing recent breakthroughs in organic photonics and biomimetic/biologically inspired photonics, specifically by bringing together world-class researchers in the field from both academia and industry. The multidisciplinary and intersectorial programme will focus on: (i) materials chemistry and synthesis, including supramolecularly-engineered, bio-inspired and perovskite-like materials; (ii) characterisation of fundamental optical and surface properties, including ultrafast and transient spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopies; (iii) design and fabrication of photonic devices, including high-resolution lithographic techniques and device modelling, and with a view to quantum computing platforms; (iv) characterisation, modelling and exploitation of bio-mimetic photonic structures; (v) biocompatibility of organic semiconductors, also with a view to implantable photonic devices such as artificial retinas.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Supramolecular, bio-inspired and perovskite-like materials
  • Ultrafast and transient spectroscopy
  • Modelling and simulation of photonic devices (LEDs, Lasers, EO modulators, PVs, quantum computing prototypes)
  • High-resolution lithographic techniques
  • Microcavity and photonic crystal lasers
  • Unconventional lasing: polariton and random lasing
  • Biomimetic photonic structures
  • Photonically-enhanced bio-chips, biosensors, lab-on-chip devices
  • Organic-semiconductors based and/or biophotonic applications (artificial retinas etc.)

Tentative list of invited speakers:

  • G. Lanzani (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy)
  • H.L. Anderson (Oxford University, UK)
  • F. Wurthner (University of Würzburg, Germany)
  • B. Fraboni (University of Bologna, Italy)
  • G. Malliaras (Mines ParisTech, France)
  • C. Silva (University of Montreal, Canada)
  • N. Stingelin (Georgia Institute of technology, USA)
  • V. Mattoli (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy)
  • C. Brabec (Erlangen University, Germany)
  • H. J. Snaith (Oxford University, UK)
  • D.D.C. Bradley (Imperial College London, UK)
  • A. Zayats (King’s College London, UK)
  • J. Hofkens (University of Leuven, Belgium)
  • D. Norris (ETH, Switzerland)
  • R. Krahne (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy)
  • U. Scherf (Bergische Universitat Wuppertal, Germany)

Tentative list of scientific committee members:

  • D. Comoretto (University of Genova, Italy)
  • P. Ho (National University of Singapore)
  • G. Barillaro (University of Pisa, Italy)
  • R. H. Friend (University of Cambridge)
  • S. Hayes (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
  • A. Petrozza (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy)
  • D. Lidzey (University of Sheffiled, UK)
  • F. Scotognella (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy)
  • R. Sapienza (King's College London)
  • A.L. Giesecke (AMO GmbH, Germany)
  • K. Müllen (MPI Mainz, Germany)
  • C. Soci (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • T.M. Brown (Rome, Italy)
  • U. Steiner (Freiburg, Switzerland)
  • L. Manna (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy)
  • I.D.W. Samuel (St. Andrews, UK)

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Symposium organizers
Franco CACIALLIUniversity College London (UCL)

Dpt of Physics and Astronomy and London Centre for Nanotechnology; Gower Street, WC1E 6BT, London, U.K.

+44 020 7679 4467
Paolo SAMORIUniversity of Strasbourg, Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires

8 allée Gaspard Monge, 67000 Strasbourg, France

+33 (0)3 68 855 160
Rainer MAHRTIBM Research Zurich

Säumerstrasse 4, CH-8803 Rüschlikon, Switzerland

+41 447 248 111
Silvia VIGNOLINIUniversity of Cambridge

Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, Cambridge, CB2 1EW, U.K.

+44 1223 761 490