Symposium NM12—Transitioning Quantum Dots from Benchtop to Industry
The novel optical properties of quantum-confined semiconductor nanomaterials produce unique static and dynamical optical properties that can be exploited in a range of industry applications. For instance, due to the size-tunable band gaps of colloidal nanocrystal quantum dots, these materials have been widely investigated, and in some cases commercialized, as down-conversion materials in displays, as biomarkers for medical imaging, unique pigments for security inks, light absorbers in luminescent solar concentrators, solar cells, and other emerging applications. Thus, harnessing the full potential of nanomaterials involves a deep understanding of structure-property relationships, and optimization via rational design and synthesis. Additionally, bringing novel nanomaterials to the marketplace requires intimate knowledge of the customer's needs (cost, durability, performance, return on investment, etc), and a well-articulated value proposition.
This symposium brings together some of the brightest minds at the intersection between industry and academia on quantum dots. It will explore how structural modification and controlled coupling of quantum-confined nanostructures can be used to enhance desirable properties in the context of addressing a societal need. It will include theoretical and experimental studies of the effect of size, shape, compositional complexity, surface structure and defects on the dynamics of excited carriers within single nanostructures, in coupled arrays and assemblies, and in functioning devices. It will include industry speakers with first hand experience in commercialization of quantum dot-related products. This interdisciplinary program will explore: the status of the emerging quantum dot industry, product trends, entreprenuership, novel physical phenomena within quantum dots, synthesis/fabrication of engineered quantum dots, applications of quantum dots in functional devices; and more. Industry researchers are especially encouraged to submit abstracts.