San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
17 - 21 August 2014
Plenary Events
Symposium-wide Plenary Session
Date: Sunday 17 August 2014
Time: 5:45 PM - 7:35 PM
5:45 to 5:50 pm: Welcome and Opening Remarks

5:50 to 6:25 pm: Bringing Star Power to Earth

Mike Dunne, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)

Abstract:: The National Ignition Facility (NIF) in California is the world’s largest and most energetic laser system. The NIF’s 192 beams recently exceeded their design specification to deliver 1.8-megajoule, 500-terawatt ultraviolet laser light in highly reproducible and precisely controlled conditions. This represents over 60 times more energy than any previous laser system, and has been designed to generate (in miniature) conditions that match or exceed those found at the center of the Sun. The ability to create temperatures of more than 100 million degrees and pressures more than 100 billion times Earth’s atmospheric pressure is used to drive the “fusion” of hydrogen into helium, releasing copious amounts of energy. The NIF is designed to compress fusion targets to the conditions required for “ignition”, liberating more energy than is required to initiate the fusion reaction (i.e., net production of energy). When achieved, this will mark the culmination of over 50 years of effort across the world. This talk will discuss the current status of the campaign to achieve ignition, presenting the most recent experimental results, and a look ahead to how this approach could be adopted to generate gigawatt levels of electrical power from a laser-driven source of fusion neutrons based on these demonstration experiments. Such a source is attractive because it will be inherently safe, generate no greenhouse gases or other environmental pollutants, provide security of fuel supply with fuel that will last for millennia, generate large-scale baseload power, be able to make use of the existing grid, have no need for geological waste disposal (unlike nuclear power or carbon sequestration), and will not require enrichment or reprocessing of nuclear material that could present a proliferation risk.

This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

Biography: Mike Dunne joined Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2010 as Director for Laser Fusion Energy, charged with developing a revolutionary source of safe, secure, carbon-free baseload electricity. Mike’s role is to ensure full advantage is taken of the US National Ignition Facility (NIF), a $3.5 billion investment designed to demonstrate the proof of principle of laser fusion. NIF works by directing the world’s largest laser system to “ignite” a small mass of fuel to release copious amounts of energy. The process marks the culmination of over 50 years of research. Laser fusion energy has been pursued throughout this time because it is inherently safe, releases no greenhouse gases, has no long-lived waste and is based on widely available sources of fuel that will last for millennia. Previously, Mike was the International Project Leader for the European laser fusion project ‘HiPER’ (www.hiper-laser.org). He created a consortium of 26 institutions across 10 countries to develop one of the few Giga-Euro scale facility opportunities accepted onto the “European roadmap” of future research infrastructures (ESFRI), as well as onto the UK Large Facilities Roadmap. Mike held the post of Director of the United Kingdom’s Central Laser Facility (CLF) for five years, based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. This is home to the world's most intense laser facilities, with science programmes ranging from biomedical research, to the study of astrophysics in the laboratory, and the development of a new generation of miniaturized particle accelerators.

He obtained his doctorate in laser fusion and laboratory astrophysics research from Imperial College, London, where he is now a visiting Professor. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (FRSA), and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physical Society, European Physical Society, Institute of Physics, and the International Society for Optical Engineering. He has received a number of international awards and is the author of over 180 technical papers, over 50 invited talks and numerous press and media reports.

6:25 to 7:00 pm: The Europa Clipper Mission Concept: Exploring a Potentially Habitable World

Robert T. Pappalardo, Jet Propulsion Lab., California Institute of Technology (United States)

Abstract: Galileo spacecraft data suggest that an ocean likely exists beneath the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa and that the “ingredients” necessary for life (liquid water, chemistry, and energy) could exist there today. A NASA-appointed Science Definition Team (SDT), working closely with a technical team from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), recently considered options for a future strategic mission to Europa, with the stated science goal: Explore Europa to investigate its habitability. The favored architecture consists of a spacecraft in Jupiter orbit making many close flybys of Europa, concentrating on remote sensing of the moon. The mission would also include the capability to perform reconnaissance for a future lander, with the Reconnaissance goal: Characterize scientifically compelling sites to prepare for a future landed mission to Europa. Innovative mission design would use gravitational perturbations of the spacecraft trajectory to permit flybys at a wide variety of latitudes and longitudes, enabling globally distributed regional coverage of Europa’s surface, with nominally 45 close flybys at altitudes of 25 – 100 km. I will present the science and reconnaissance goals and objectives, a mission design overview, and the notional spacecraft for this concept known as the Europa Clipper.

Biography: Robert Pappalardo is a Senior Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. He is currently the Pre-Project Scientist for the Europa Clipper mission concept and has served as the Project Scientist for the Cassini Equinox (first extended) Mission at Saturn. He has served as a member of the National Research Council’s Space Studies Board and Co-Chair of its Committee on the Origins and Evolution of Life, and he is a recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal. Pappalardo's research focuses on processes that have shaped the icy satellites of the outer solar system, especially Europa and the role of its probable subsurface ocean.

Education: B.A. in Geological Sciences from Cornell University; Ph.D. in Geology from Arizona State University.

7:00 to 7:35 pm: The Road Ahead for Wearables

Babak Parviz, Amazon Inc. (United States)

Abstract: Exponential progress of computing and the associated technologies as manifested by Moore’s Law have enabled extreme miniaturization, low power operation, and multi-function integration. These trends and new capabilities are creating opportunities for building devices that interact with the user and the environment in novel ways. Examples of such devices include Google Glass, smart watches, body monitors, and the forward looking smart contact lenses.
A pioneering device has been Google Glass, which is a communication and computing device in an unconventional form factor that enables entirely new ways of interacting with computing systems and the environment. It integrates a number of sophisticated components including display, camera, multiple sensors, and much more in a compact form factor and offers very rapid access to information.
This brief presentation provides the background and some of the reasoning for why developing wearable devices including Glass might have reached a tipping point.

Biography: Babak Parviz is a Vice President at Amazon. He is the creator of Google Glass and a pioneer of building contact lens microsystems. He received his BA in Literature from University of Washington, BS in Electronics from Sharif University of Technology, MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from University of Michigan, PhD in Electrical Engineering from Univ. of Michigan; and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard. His research and engineering interests span novel computing and communication paradigms, high-tech with social impact, bionanotechnology, bioengineering, MEMS, and photonics. His work has been put on display at the London Museum of Science and has received numerous recognitions and awards including NSF Career Award, MIT TR35, Time magazine’s best invention of the year (2008 and 2012), Your Health Top 10 Medical advance of the year, and About.com top invention and has been reported on in thousands of articles worldwide. In 2012 he was selected by Ad Age as one of the 50 most creative people in the United States.
NanoScience + Engineering Plenary Session
Date: Monday 18 August 2014
Time: 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Session Chairs: James G. Grote, Air Force Research Lab. (United States); Satoshi Kawata, Osaka Univ. (Japan)

9:15 to 10:00 am: Non-Covalent Interactions of Carbon Nanotubes in Polymer Composites

Eva M. Campo, Bangor Univ. (United Kingdom) and Univ. of Texas at San Antonio (United States)

Abstract: Despite much effort to control dispersion, alignment, and overall processing of Carbon Nanotubes, both their surface chemistry and distribution in polymer matrices remain an active topic of research. Growth and processing can yield local defects along the graphitic structure to become effective latching sites conducive to polymeric interaction; a prelude to dispersion. With all, the possibility of controlled surface chemistry paves the way of CNTs towards supramolecular chemistry. In this scheme, π-π and CH-π interactions play an important role in time-evolved bonding dynamics; which in turn, is exhorted by both chemistry and processing. We will engage in an exploration that provides insights into bonding in nanocomposites, offering invaluable information towards the synthesis-structure-property paradigm.

Biography: Professor Eva Campo leads the Laboratory for Matter Dynamics, holding appointments at Bangor University (UK) and the University of Texas at San Antonio (TX). She was the founder of FP7-NMP-22896, promoting her research interests in nanocomposites, electrospinning, and advanced materials characterization. She is an SPIE Senior Member.

Coffee Break 10:00 to 10:30 am

10:30 to 11:15 am: Nanoscale Silicon as an Optical Material

Philippe M. Fauchet, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)

Abstract: As the material at the core of all microelectronic devices, silicon has fueled most technological revolutions in the 20th century. It is abundant and, among inorganic materials, inexpensive. Due to extremely large industrial investments over the past decades, it was tamed like no other material before. However, with the possible exception of the photovoltaic industry, silicon has until recently been used by a single industry. The situation started changing over 20 years ago when advances in the manufacture of nanometer-size objects (e.g., quantum dots, wires, sheets) and devices with deep submicron features (e.g., photonic crystals) allowed researchers to manipulate the properties of bulk silicon and to exploit the unusual optical properties of nanoscale silicon structures. In this presentation, the history, including the most recent developments, of nanoscale silicon as an optical material will be reviewed with a special emphasis on active and biosensing structures.

Biography: Philippe Fauchet is the dean of the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University. He received a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a master’s degree from Brown University. Fauchet uses nanoscale silicon for photonic, biosensing and energy applications. He has founded a successful startup, over 400 publications, and is a Fellow of SPIE, OSA, IEEE, APS, and MRS.

11:15 am to 12:00 pm: Nanoscale Engineering Optical Nonlinearities and Nanolasers

Shaya Fainman, Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)

Abstract: Dense photonic integration requires miniaturization of materials, devices and subsystems, including passive components (e.g., engineered composite metamaterials, filters, etc.) and active components (e.g., lasers, modulators, detectors). This paper discusses passive and active devices that recently have been demonstrated in our laboratory, including monolithically integrated short pulse compressor utilized with silicon on insulator material platform and design, fabrication and testing of nanolasers constructed using metal-dielectric-semiconductor resonators confined in all three dimensions.

Biography: Shaya Fainman is a Cymer and Distinguished Professor of ECE at UCSD. He is directing research of the Ultrafast and Nanoscale Optics group and made significant contributions to near field optical phenomena, meta-materials, nanophotonics and plasmonics. His a Fellow of the OSA, IEEE, and SPIE, and a recipient of numerous awards including SPIE’s Gabor Award. He contributed over 230 manuscripts in peer review journals and over 450 conference papers.
Solar Energy Plenary Session
Date: Monday 18 August 2014
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:35 PM
Session Chair: Oleg V. Sulima, GE Global Research (United States)

2:00 to 2:25 pm: CPV: Lessons from the First 100MW and the Explosion of Next Generation Technologies

Adam Plesniak, Arzon Solar, LLC (United States)

Abstract: The past decade has seen concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) technology transition from a few backyard experiments to an installed global capacity of well over 100 MW. With several utility scale power plants in commercial operation, the presentation will first focus on history and quality of performance since commissioning and overall customer satisfaction. Critical lessons learned from the process of designing, manufacturing and installing product for the utility scale renewable generation market are discussed. The presentation will reflect on how lessons thus far will guide CPV innovators through the flowering of Next Generation CPV technologies, from spectrum splitting optics to five junction solar cells, currently underway throughout the industry. Overall, CPV continues to serve as a robust platform for the new ideas and research needed to mature the higher performance and lower cost technologies critical for continued competitiveness of CPV in the renewable generation marketplace.

Biography: Adam Plesniak is the Vice President of Engineering at Arzon Solar LLC, which is powered by Amonix CPV technology. At Arzon Solar he leads a talented team of engineers and technicians to design and manufacture the world's highest performance photovoltaic products. Adam was previously the Director of R&D at Amonix, Inc, where his team set demonstrated a 35.9% CSOC world record module efficiency, verified by NREL in August, 2013. Prior to that, Adam was the Advanced Technology Group lead at Amonix where his team led early ideation of the Amonix 8700 solar power generator for the utility scale market. Previously, he was the Engineering and Design Lead at Boeing Phantomworks where his team developed the Boeing XR700 Photovoltaic Concentrator under contract from the DOE Solar Energy Technology Program. The XR700 was the first concentrator module to break 28% efficiency with greater than 800x concentration and +/- 2 degree acceptance angle. The technology was subsequently licensed to a private company outside of Boeing for continued development and commercialization. He has a MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

2:25 to 2:50 pm: The Renaissance of CdTe-based Photovoltaics

William H. Huber, GE Global Research (United States)

Abstract: Over the past several years, CdTe-based photovoltaics have undergone a revolution. CdTe is a mature PV technology, spanning more than 55 years. Steady advancements in CdTe module manufacturing, coupled with CdTe’s inherent manufacturing simplicity, have driven down the cost of commercial CdTe modules to under $0.55/W at present. Until recently however, CdTe module efficiencies have lagged behind competing technologies. For a decade, CdTe record efficiencies remained dormant, far behind poly Si as well as the competing thin film PV technology, CuInxGa1-xSe2 (CIGS). Over the past several years, CdTe record cell efficiencies have dramatically increased and are nearly at parity with poly Si and CIGS. Given the recent trajectory, CdTe is poised to become the most efficient polycrystalline PV technology in the very near future. This talk will highlight the advantages of CdTe for PV, key advancements in the field and opportunities for further improvements.

Biography: Dr. William Huber, a senior scientist at GE Global Research, is leading the Efficiency improvement program. While at GE, he has conducted applied research on a variety of different topics including photovoltaics, surgical navigational systems, hybrid manufacturing and medical imaging. Prior to joining GE, Dr. Huber was a post-doc at NIST, researching noise in nanoelectronic devices.

2:50 to 3:15 pm: Organic Solar Cells: From a Lab Curiosity to a Serious Photovoltaic Technology

Karl Leo, Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany) and King Abdullah Univ. of Science and Technology (KAUST) (Saudi Arabia)

Abstract: Carbon-based organic semiconductors have many potential advantages like easy large-area preparation on flexible substrates, large variety of materials, and low cost. Organic solar cells have recently achieved significant progress and have crossed the 10% efficiency mark. In this talk, I will present an overview over the key features of solid-state organic solar cells and recent developments in the field. One central research area is the design of the bulk heterojunction active layer, requiring a nanoscale phase separation and optimized morphology to achieve efficient operation. I will also discuss highly efficient tandem structures with optimized electrical and optical properties, having the potential for approx. 20%.

Biography: Karl Leo obtained a Diplomphysiker degree and PhD degree from the Universities of Freiburg and Stuttgart, respectively. After postdocs at AT&T Bell Labs and RWTH Aachen, he became in 1993 full professor at TU Dresden. Currently, he is visiting professor at KAUST, Saudi-Arabia. His main interests are novel semiconductor systems like semiconducting organic thin films. He is cofounder of several companies, including Heliatek GmbH.

Coffee Break 3:15 to 3:45 pm

3:45 to 4:10 pm: Hot Carrier Solar Cell Absorbers: Materials, Mechanisms and Nanostructures

Gavin Conibeer, Australian Ctr. for Advanced Photovoltaics, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)

Abstract: The Hot Carrier solar cell is a Third Generation device that aims to tackle the carrier thermalisation loss after absorption of above band-gap photons. It is theoretically capable of efficiencies very close to the maximum thermodynamic limit. It relies on slowing the rate of carrier cooling in the absorber from ps to ns. This challenge can be addressed through nanostructures and modulation of phonon dispersions. The mechanisms of carrier cooling are discussed and methods to interrupt this process investigated to give a list of properties required of an absorber material. Quantum well or nano-well structures and large mass difference compounds with phonon band gaps are discussed in the context of enhancing phonon bottleneck and hence slowing carrier cooling. Materials for these structures are discussed and potential combined structures to maximize phonon bottleneck and slow carrier cooling are suggested.

Biography: Professor Gavin Conibeer leads the Third Generation Photovoltaics research group at the University of New South Wales. He received his BSc degree from London University and PhD from Southampton University, UK, in III-V semiconductors for tandem PV cells. He has worked on a wide range of materials and nanostructures for photovoltaics at Monash, Southampton, Cranfield and Oxford Universities. He is currently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at UNSW.

4:10 to 4:35 pm: International PV QA Task Force’s Proposed Comparative Rating System for PV Modules

John Wohlgemuth, Sarah Kurtz, National Renewable Energy Lab. (United States)

Abstract: The International PV Quality Assurance Task Force is developing a rating system that provides comparative information about the relative durability of PV modules. Development of accelerated stress tests that can provide such comparative information is seen as a major step toward being able to predict PV module service life. This paper will provide details of the ongoing effort to determine the format of such an overall module rating system. The latest proposal is based on using three distinct climate zones as defined in IEC 60721-2-1 for two different mounting systems. Specific stresses beyond those used in the qualification tests are being developed for each of the selected climate zones.

Biography: Dr. Wohlgemuth joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as Principle Scientist in PV Reliability in 2010. He is responsible for establishing and conducting research programs to improve the reliability and safety of PV modules. Before joining NREL he worked at Solarex/BP Solar for more than 30 years. Dr. Wohlgemuth has been convenor of working group 2, the module working group within IEC TC-82 for more than 10 years.
Signal, Image, and Data Processing Plenary Session
Date: Tuesday 19 August 2014
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Session Chair: Khan M. Iftekharuddin, Old Dominion Univ. (United States)

1:30 to 1:35 pm: Welcome and Introductions

1:35 to 2:30 pm: Data-adaptive Filtering and the State of the Art in Image Processing

Peyman Milanfar, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)

Abstract: The most effective recent approaches to processing and restoration of images and video are ones that flexibly adapt themselves to the content of these signals. These high performance methods have come about through the convergence of several powerful ideas from different science and engineering disciplines. Examples include Moving Least Square (from computer graphics), the Bilateral Filter and Anisotropic Diffusion (from computer vision), Boosting and Spectral Methods (from Machine Learning), Non-local Means and Bregman Iterations (from Applied Math), Kernel Regression and Iterative Scaling (from Statistics). These approaches are deeply connected; and in this talk, I will present a framework for understanding many common underpinnings of these ideas. This has led us to new insights and algorithms, yielding both deeper theoretical analysis, and state of the art results in practice.

Biography: Peyman Milanfar received his undergraduate education in electrical engineering and mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, and the MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Until 1999, he was at SRI International, Menlo Park, California, and a consulting Professor of CS at Stanford. He has been on the EE faculty at UC Santa Cruz since 1999, having served as Associate Dean of the School of Engineering from 2010-12. Since 2012 he has been on leave at Google-X, where he was recruited to work on computational photography and more specifically, on the imaging pipeline for Google Glass. He won a National Science Foundation Career award in 2000, and the best paper award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society in 2010. He is a fellow of the IEEE.
Optical Engineering Plenary Session
Date: Tuesday 19 August 2014
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:05 PM
Session Chairs: José Sasián, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States); R. John Koshel, Photon Engineering LLC (United States) and College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)

4:00 to 4:05 pm: Welcome and Opening Remarks

4:05 to 4:45 pm: Information Content of a Photon in Optical Imaging, Quantum Imaging, and Radiology

Harrison H. Barrett, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States); co-author: Kyle J. Myers, Ctr. for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (United States)

Abstract: A fundamental way of describing a quantum-limited imaging system is in terms of a Poisson random process in spatial, angular and wavelength variables. The mean of this random process is the spectral radiance. The principle of conservation of radiance then allows a full characterization of the noise in the image (conditional on viewing a specified object). Radiance can be defined in terms of geometrical optics, physical optics, or quantum optics as well as for x-rays or gamma-rays, so a unified treatment of noise in imaging can be developed. Combined with well-established theories for task-based assessment of image quality, these concepts allow a rigorous definition of the information content of a photon.

Biography: Dr. Harrison Barrett received degrees in physics from VPI, MIT, and Harvard, and he is a Regents Professor at the University of Arizona. His research is in the area of image science, and his book on that subject, coauthored with Kyle J. Myers, was awarded the J.W. Goodman Book Writing Award from OSA and SPIE in 2006. He was the 2011 recipient of the IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology and also the 2011 recipient of the SPIE Gold Medal of the Society. In 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Biography: Dr. Kyle J. Myers received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics from Occidental College in 1980 and a Ph.D. in optical sciences from the Univ. of Arizona in 1985. Since 1987 she has worked for the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she is currently the Director of the Division of Imaging and Applied Mathematics in the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories. She is a fellow of the Optical Society (OSA), SPIE, AIMBE, and a member of the Medical Image Perception Society. Along with Harrison H. Barrett, she is the coauthor of "Foundations of Image Science," published by John Wiley and Sons in 2004 and winner of the First Biennial J.W. Goodman Book Writing Award from OSA and SPIE.


4:45 to 5:25 pm: Recent Trends in Optical Components in the Mobile Industry

Ung-Beom Lee, LG Innotek (Korea, Republic of)

Abstract: The mobile industry of today shows rapid growth through the innovation of optical components. Such innovation of optical components can be achieved by fundamental and systematic approach on innovation of material, design and module package. In particular, cutting-edge optical components fulfilling key functions of mobile devices, such as camera modules and touch windows and other high-tech parts applied to smartphones, laptops, etc. have attracted much attention. Ultra-slim, ultra-light components have overcome the design limitations of mobile devices to produce multifunctional high-performance components, thereby turning our imagination into reality. One of the main issues in this field is developing slim camera modules and flash LEDs that support noble color reproduction, which are the representative optical components in mobile industry. In this talk, the development trend of optical components in mobile industries and LG Innotek will be presented.

Biography: Ung-Beom Lee is president and CEO of LG Innotek since 2012. He joined LG group in 1983, and in 2000 became executive director in Recording Media Operations of LG Electronics. He received his MBA from McGill Univ. in Canada in 2003. He moved and led PCB Operation of LG Electronics from 2002 until 2005, and in 2006 he led Production of Mobile Communication Operation in LG Electronics. He moved to LG Innotek in 2010 as an executive vice president and head of Parts and Materials Business.


5:25 to 6:05 pm: Optical Design for Consumer Products

Anurag Gupta, Google (United States)

Abstract: Engineers often focus the design parameters to meet certain well defined targets. Such approach assumes that the specifications they have are largely non-negotiable which is not always true and can result in sub optimal solutions or expensive multiple design iterations. A broader, product engineering focused, approach is needed to foster the most leveraged design. Optical engineering is somewhat unique considering a fragmented manufacturing base and limited understanding of optics in an engineering context in most teams and as a result, optics in a product is more vulnerable to changes. Understanding the product complexities that may impact the optical design can be quite useful.

Biography: Anurag Gupta is currently Nest sensor optics lead at Google at Mountain View. Earlier, he headed the optical engineering group for Google Glass. He received his PhD. from the Univ. of Arizona in Tucson and has since worked on more than fifty optics related projects in diverse fields. His professional interests include developing product centric approaches for optical design besides software and hardware tools for rapid design and implementation of optical systems integrated with their environment.
Organic Photonics + Electronics Plenary Session
Date: Wednesday 20 August 2014
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Session Chair: Zakya H. Kafafi, National Science Foundation, ret (United States)

10:30 to 11:00 am
Materials and Devices for Bioresorbable Electronics

John A. Rogers, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)

Abstract: A remarkable feature of the modern integrated circuit is its ability to operate in a stable fashion, with almost perfect reliability. Recently developed classes of electronic materials create an opportunity to engineer the opposite outcome, in the form of devices that dissolve completely in water, with harmless end products. The enabled applications range from ‘green’ consumer electronics to bio-resorbable medical implants—none of which would be possible with technologies that exist today. This talk summarizes recent work on this physically ‘transient’ type of electronics, from basic advances in materials chemistry, to fundamental studies of dissolution reactions, to engineering development of complete sets of device components, sensors, and integrated systems. An ‘electroceutical’ bacteriocide designed for treatment of surgical site infections provides an application example.

Biography: Professor John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989. From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002. He is currently Swanlund Chair Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, with a primary appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He is also Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. Rogers’ research includes fundamental and applied aspects of materials and patterning techniques for unusual electronic and photonic devices, with an emphasis on bio-integrated and bio-inspired systems. He has published more than 400 papers and is inventor on over 80 patents, more than 50 of which are licensed or in active use. Rogers is a Fellow of the IEEE, APS, MRS and AAAS, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research has been recognized with many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2009, the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2011 and the MRS Mid-Career Researcher Award in 2013.

11:00 to 11:30 am
Organic Electronic Bio-devices

Luisa Torsi, Univ. of Bari "Aldo Moro" (Italy)

Abstract: Bio-systems interfaced to an electronic device are presently one of the most challenging research activities that has relevance not only for fundamental studies but also for the development of highly performing bio-sensors. Indeed, electronic detection of biologically relevant species performed by means of disposable organic electronic devices has the potential to revolutionize the current approach to strip testing. To this end, completely novel approaches involving different organic field effect-transistor devices have been proposed worldwide. The specific features of the most relevant configurations as well as their performances in terms of device operation, selectivity, and sensitivity will be presented. Besides, these studies provide insights into biological relevant phenomena involving interfacial modifications that can be electronically detected.

Biography: Luisa Torsi, a physicist with a PhD in Chemistry, was post-doctoral fellow at Bell Labs. In 2010 she was awarded with the H. E. Merck prize this marking the first time the award is given to a woman. Principal scientific contributions are in the fields of advanced materials and electronic devices mostly for sensing applications.

11:30 to 11:45 am
Announcement of the Organic Photonics + Electronics Best Student Paper Award Winner
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11:45 am to 12:15 pm
Charge and Spin Transport Physics of Organic Semiconductors

Henning Sirringhaus, Cavendish Lab., Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Abstract: Over recent years there has been tremendous progress in discovering new organic semiconductors that provide high charge carrier mobilities for both n-type and p-type device operation, good operational stability and other functionalities such as efficient electroluminescene, sensing or memory functions. These materials allow addressing an increasingly broad range of flexible and printed electronic applications based on controlled manufacturing of flexible plastic substrates by a combination of solution processing and direct printing. One of the sources of improvement in performance has been the versatility of organic chemistry to provide a broad range of new molecular structures and the ability to assemble these molecules into ordered structure with minimum degree of disorder. We will review recent insights into the device and charge transport physics of solution-processible small molecule as well as conjugated polymer organic semiconductors, with a particular focus on the microscopic processes that limit the field-effect mobility in these systems. We are also interested in understanding the spin transport physics of these materials and the relationship between molecular structure, microstructure and spin diffusion. Organic semiconductors may enable realisation of long spin relaxation times and long spin diffusion lengths due to the weak spin-orbit coupling in these carbon-based materials. We will present recent measurements of spin-transport in different molecular and polymeric semiconductors.

Biography: Prof. Henning Sirringhaus, FRS is the Hitachi Professor of Electron Device Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory and works on the charge transport, photo- and device physics of polymer and molecular semiconductors. He is co-founder of the spin-off companies, Plastic Logic and Eight-19 Ltd, commercializing organic transistor and organic solar cell technology, respectively.
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