Symposium NM06—Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Plasmonic Nanoparticles and Metal-Hybrid Structures

Controlling the structure of matter at the nanoscale opens exciting opportunities to manipulate the properties of materials with great flexibility and precision. Nanoparticles that support plasmon resonances can effectively confine light into nanoscale volumes, whereas nanoparticles that exhibit quantum confinement show unique size- and shape-dependent properties. Either used independently or together, these plasmonic and quantum-confined nanoparticles have important implications for tailoring electromagnetic radiation in solar energy conversion, light-emitting devices, sensors, therapeutics, information technology, and numerous other applications. Recent studies have significantly advanced our fundamental knowledge of the electronic structure, carrier dynamics, and interactions between incident electromagnetic radiation and these nanoscale materials. In parallel, progress in synthesis and fabrication of nanostructures has also enabled unprecedented control over the size and shape of the nanostructures. Many of these academic advances are now being adopted by industry and used in innovative commercial applications. This symposium will bring together scientists and engineers working on quantum-confined nanocrystals and plasmonic nanostructures to discuss the most recent progress in their design and characterization, as well as showcase the transition of these materials to applications.

Topics will include:

  • Synthesis and fabrication of semiconductor and plasmonic nanostructures
  • Self-assembly and directed assembly of functional arrangements of nanoparticles
  • Novel materials properties of semiconductor and plasmonic nanoparticles and their assemblies
  • Dynamics of excited carriers in semiconductor and plasmonic nanoparticles, and novel applications of “hot” carriers
  • Single-particle spectroscopy and time-resolved spectroscopy of semiconductor and metal nanostructures and their hybrids
  • Advances in understanding, characterizing, and controlling nanoparticle surfaces
  • Theory and modeling of physical, optical, and chemical properties of semiconductor, metal, and hybrid nanostructures
  • Applications of semiconductor, metal, and hybrid nanostructures for energy conversion and energy storage, optoelectronic devices, lasers, sensing, and displays
  • Transition of nanoparticles to commercial applications

Invited Speakers:

  • Renaud Bachelot (University of Technology of Troyes, France)
  • Raffaella Buonsanti (Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Andreu Cabot (Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, Spain)
  • Gordana Dukovic (University of Colorado, USA)
  • Jochen Feldmann (Munich University, Germany)
  • Reuven Gordon (University of Victoria, Canada)
  • Stephen Gray (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Brian Korgel (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Masaru Kuno (University of Notre Dame, USA)
  • Delia Milliron (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Martin Moskovits (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Christopher Murray (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Peter Nordlander (Rice University, USA)
  • George Schatz (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Matthew Sheldon (Texas A&M, USA)
  • Moonsub Shim (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Ming Lee Tang (University of California, Riverside, USA)
  • Andrea Tao (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Fiorenzo Vetrone (University of Quebec, Canada)
  • Emily Weiss (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Mikhael Zamkov (Bowling Green State University, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Matthew Pelton
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Department of Physics
USA
410-244-2532, mpelton@umbc.edu

Jennifer Dionne
Stanford University
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
USA
650-736-2286, jdionne@stanford.edu

Alexander Govorov
Ohio University
Department of Physics and Astronomy
USA
740-593-9430, govorov@ohio.edu

Maksym Kovalenko
ETH Zurich / Empa
Lab. fur Anorganische Chemie
Switzerland
41-44-633-4156, mvkovalenko@ethz.ch