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Symposium NM7—Semiconductor Nanowires for Energy Applications

Nanowires of a variety of materials (e.g., metals, group IV, III-V, II-VI semiconductors, oxides, chalcogenides, etc.) are promising building blocks for many existing and emerging applications. In particular, semiconductor nanowires can play an important role in next generation energy harvesting, conversion and storage. Nanowires allow new designs that are not possible with thin film or bulk counterparts.

For achieving functional devices, the synthesis of semiconductor nanowires with user-defined dimensions, compositions, crystal structures, and heterointerfaces are required. Also, the spatial control of nanowire position and assembly is essential, either pre or post-synthesis.

This symposium will highlight the latest developments and breakthroughs in synthesis, characterization and device fabrication of semiconductor nanowires with an emphasis on their implementation in energy applications. Experimental studies that access nanowire chemistry, structure, or properties in-situ as well as modeling at all length scales are encouraged. Novel syntheses that offer advanced control of nanowire diameter, composition, heterostructure and doping are sought. The symposium also aims to focus on methods that direct the organization of nanowires into large area assemblies with targeted composite properties. Single nanowire and large-area energy harvesting, conversion and storage devices are of interest, from the theoretical and experimental points of view.

The combination of different disciplines (from synthesis to devices) will bring together leading researchers that will help identify innovative directions where semiconductor nanowires will push the frontiers of nano-energy.

Topics will include:

  • Integration of nanowires into flexible and functional
  • Energy storage: batteries, supercapacitors
  • Energy scavenging: mechanical, thermoelectric
  • Nanowire arrays, networks, and hierarchical systems
  • New synthesis methods
  • Modeling of novel energy related device designs based on nanowires
  • Solar Energy conversion and storage: photovoltaic, solar fuels
  • Chemical, structural, optical and electrical characterization at multiple length scales (1 – 100 nm)

Invited Speakers:

  • Harry A. Atwater (California Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Erik Bakkers (TU Eindhoven, Netherlands)
  • Steven Boles (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
  • Pere Roca i Cabarrocas (Ecole Polytechnique, France)
  • Silke Christiansen (Helmholz-Center Berlin, Germany)
  • Yi Cui (Stanford University, USA)
  • Erik Garnett (AMOLF, Netherlands)
  • Silvija Gradecak (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Diana Huffaker (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Chennupati Jagadish (Australian National University, Australia)
  • Sohini Kar-Narayan (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Heiner Linke (Lund University, Sweden)
  • Sanjay Mathur (Cologne University, Germany)
  • Matthew McDowell (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Oussama Moutanabbir (Montreal Technical University, Canada)
  • Albert Tarancon (IREC, Spain)
  • Maria Tchernycheva (Paris-Sud University, France)
  • Z.L. Wang (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Peidong Yang (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Ilaria Zardo (Basel University, Switzerland)

Symposium Organizers

Anna Fontcuberta i Morral
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Institute of Materials, School of Engineering

Esther Alarcon-Llado
FOM Institute AMOLF

Sudha Mokkapati
Australian National University

Carl V. Thompson
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Materials Science and Engineering
617-253-7652, cthomp@mit.edu