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2015 MRS Fall Meeting Logo2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29-December 4, 2015 | Boston
Meeting Chairs: T. John Balk, Ram Devanathan, George G. Malliaras, Larry A. Nagahara, Luisa Torsi

Symposium O—Plasmonic Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion

Plasmonic nanomaterials have been extensively investigated because of their fascinating optical properties and broad applications ranging from sensing to energy to medicine. This symposium focuses on the utilization of plasmonic nanomaterials for energy conversion. Plasmonic nanomaterials can drastically concentrate the electric field under resonant excitation which leads to enhanced efficiency of photovoltaics. This field enhancement effect is used to improve the photocatalytic activity for a variety of important reactions such as photocatalytic water splitting. The decay of the plasmon excitation also results in the excitation of high energy carriers, which can subsequently inject into reactant molecules or semiconductors to initiate chemical reactions. Carefully controlling the electron injection processes can potentially open up new possibilities of highly selective catalysis which are otherwise impossible using traditional catalysts. Furthermore, plasmonic materials can efficiently convert light energy to generate heat. The heat generation has been demonstrated for solar vapor generation, for driving a variety of chemical reactions as well as for novel biomedical applications. Finally, the recent discovery of plasmoelectric potentials in metal nanostructures may enable the use of plasmonic materials to directly convert light to electrical energy.

Topics will include:

  • Plasmonic enhanced photovoltaics and light emitting devices
  • Plasmonic enhanced photocatalysis (for watersplitting, CO2 conversion, pollution remediation, etc.)
  • Plasmonic materials for light to heat conversion
  • Plasmonic enabled drug delivery and therapy
  • Synthesis of plasmonic nanostructures andplasmonic material/semiconductor heterostructures for energy conversion
  • Characterization of plasmonic related energyconversion processes
  • Theory and modeling of plasmonic related energyconversion processes

Invited Speakers:

  • Harry A. Atwater (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Uri Banin (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Hongyu Chen (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Stephen B. Cronin (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Jennifer Dionne (Stanford University, USA)
  • Xiangfeng Duan (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Alexander O. Govorov (Ohio University, USA)
  • Philippe Guyot-Sionnest (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Naomi J. Halas (Rice University, USA)
  • Suljo Linic (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Christopher Matranga (National Energy Technology Laboratory, USA)
  • Delia Milliron (University of Texas, Austin, USA)
  • Martin Moskovits (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Matthew Pelton (University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA)
  • Moonsub Shim (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Zhiyong Tang (National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China)
  • Jianfang Wang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • Younan Xia (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Yujie Xiong (University of Science and Technology of China, China)
  • Yi-Jun Xu (Fuzhou University, China)
  • Yadong Yin (University of California, Riverside, USA)
  • Huai-Yong Zhu (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)

Symposium Organizers

Congjun Wang
National Energy Technology Laboratory

Yugang Sun
Argonne National Laboratory

Andrea Tao
University of California, San Diego

Hua Zhang
Nanyang Technological University
School of Materials Science and Engineering
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