The symposium focus is on optically-active hybrid structures composed of materials with different physical and chemical properties. Nanoscale elements of hybrid metamaterials may include semiconductors, metals, polymers, and bio-molecules. The central issues within the scope of hybrid systems are the electromagnetic, Coulomb and charge-transfer interactions between nanoscale building blocks and new physical and chemical properties emerging from such interactions.
To construct useful nanodevices, one should have a clear knowledge of the physical properties of the constituent nanostructures, their composition, and the interactions giving new properties. These new properties can be used for solar energy harvesting and transformation, photodetection, photocatalysis, sensing, etc. Both experimental and theoretical advances will be covered, with an emphasis on understanding how material structure and properties can be used to control physical and chemical properties needed for device applications. Oral and poster abstracts addressing the design, fabrication, characterization, modeling, or understanding of optically active nanostructures and their integration into practical devices are encouraged.