Soft light-emitting materials are a highly tunable class of materials offering routes to the design and development of compounds that are highly specific to a given functionality, organic molecules and polymers being a particularly successful example. Their potential has been impressively demonstrated through the development of highly efficient light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) as well as solar cells. Embedded in smartphones, OLEDs have now become a companion to many of us whilst the OLED display technology gains further momentum in the general display market.
Despite this success, the full potential of soft light-emitting materials is far from being exhaustively explored. The near infinite variability in molecular structure and geometric design is expected to provide functionalities beyond what can be foreseen today and will drive research for the decades to come.
In this interdisciplinary symposium, we will bring together the world-leading experts on organic and other soft emitters. We intend this symposium to cover the latest insights on the fundamental characteristics of these materials, in particular related to their photonic and excitonic properties, as well as emerging device concepts and applications. As such, the symposium is deemed to reflect the almost infinite functional range of organic molecules and how this is an endless source of inspiration to scientists and engineers alike.