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Semiconductor nanostructures towards opto-electronic and photonic device applications – IX

This symposium brings together chemists, physicists, materials scientists, and engineers to discuss the latest advancements in semiconductor nanostructures and their application in optoelectronic/photonic devices, covering from the materials synthesis, to their structural and optical study, to their integration into functional devices.


Semiconductor nanostructures are an important class of materials that offer a large degree of freedom in the design of their optoelectronic properties through variations in their composition, size and dimensionality. They contribute to the development of ground-breaking technologies in areas such as lighting and displays, photo-detectors and solar cells, telecommunications, (quantum) information processing, (quantum) sensing and, more recently, radiation detection for fundamental research and multipurpose applications.

The aim of the symposium is to showcase the latest advances of nanostructures at different stages of development and their optoelectronic and photonic applications. Topics will include from the synthesis of inorganic nanomaterials of different dimensionality (quantum dots, quantum rods, nanoplatelets, -sheets and quantum wells, and their hybrids) to their application in lasers, LEDs, quantum light sources, photo-detectors, solar cells, sensors, nano-photonic and plasmonic devices, energy harvesting and radiometry, spintronics, sensors and additive manufacturing, sustainable nanoparticles and hybrids.

Our aim is an understanding of the various material and interface parameters which are critical for device functionality, and the overall design and manufacture of the device. The symposium will also address their optoelectronic properties and structure-property relationships to stimulate discussion at both applied and fundamental levels. Topical sessions on different materials and applications will be organized, combining experimental and computational approaches with advanced characterization techniques in order to present the state-of-the-art developments and strategies to fabricate and to improve the performance as well as potential applications of functional nanomaterials. Our symposium provides a unique platform for cross-fertilization of different nanomaterials communities, which is a key driving force behind their ultimate success in optoelectronic device applications.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Synthesis of 0D, 1D or 2D nanostructured semiconductors by chemical or physical methods;
  • Synthesis of functional nanoparticles and hybrids: nanocrystals in dielectric or polymeric matrices, nanoparticle-molecular networks;
  • Integration of 2D with 1D materials for novel functionalities;
  • Novel material classes such as heavy-metal-free semiconductors, perovskites and 2D layered materials;
  • Spectroscopic and structural characterization of nanostructures using advanced experimental techniques to probe optical properties;
  • Interaction of nanomaterials with ionizing radiation and the emerging field of nano-scintillation from fundamental to applied perspectives;
  • Opto-electronic properties and photophysics in semiconductor nanostructures and devices;
  • Magnetic and magneto/optical properties: spintronics, nanomagnetism, exchange-coupled systems, collective effects;
  • Applications in nano -electronics, thermo-electronics, opto-electronics, and photonics: memristors, lasers, LEDs and displays, plasmonics, solar fuels, solar cells, photodetectors, light converters, quantum computing and quantum emitters.

List of confirmed invited speakers:

  • Milena Arciniegas, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy
  • Ou Chen, Brown University, USA
  • Hilmi Volkan Demir, Bilkent University UNAM, Turkey - NTU Singapore
  • Gordana Dukovic, University of Colorado Boulder, USA
  • David Gershoni, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Philippe Guyot-Sionnest, University of Chicago, USA
  • Prashan V. Kamat, University of Notre Dame, USA
  • Eva Mihokova, Institute of Physics ASCR, FZU, Czech Republic
  • Rebecca Milot, University of Warwick, UK
  • Angshuman Nag, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, India
  • Gabriele Rainò, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dipankar Das Sarma, Indian Institute of Science, India
  • Elena Shevchenko, Argonne National Laboratory, USA



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Symposium organizers
Francesco CARULLIUniversity of Milano-Bicocca

Department of Materials Science - Via R. Cozzi 55, 20125 Milano, Italy
Quinten AKKERMANPhotonics and Opto-electronics Group, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)
Sandrine ITHURRIALaboratoire de Physique et d'Etude des Matériaux
Sergio BROVELLI (Main organizer)University of Milano-Bicocca

Department of Materials Science - Via R. Cozzi 55, 20125 Milano, Italy