The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
1 - 6 February 2020
Plenary Events
Nano/Biophotonics Plenary Session
Date: Tuesday 4 February 2020
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Welcome and Introduction



Plasmonics Nanoparticles for Use in Theranostics



Michel Meunier, Polytechnique Montréal (Canada)

Plasmonic nanoparticles such as gold, silver or their alloys are interesting nanomaterials for their applications in therapeutics and diagnostics in nanomedicine. In this presentation, I will present recent developments performed in this field at Polytechnique. A new method for delivering exogenous biomolecules into targeted cells using an ultrafast laser and plasmonic nanoparticles will be presented. The technique of plasmon-mediated laser nanosurgery has been used to effectively perform gene transfection in various living cells and delivery of biomolecules in vivo in animal model for ophthalmic applications. This technology has been also used for locally stimulating neurons to control neuronal activity and cell signaling. Moreover, alloy nanoparticles have been synthesized using an improved seeded-growth approach. These spectrally distinctive plasmonic nanoparticles are used as biomarkers to perform quantitative multiplexed 3D imaging of cells and tissues. Our techniques show promises of innovative tools for basic research in biology and medicine as well as effective alternative technologies that could be adapted to the therapeutic, diagnostic, theranostics tools of the clinic.

Michel Meunier obtained a PhD from MIT in 1984. In 1985, he began his career at Polytechnique Montreal and he was promoted to full professor in 1993. Holder of a Canada Research Chair Tier 1 and co-founder of LTRIM Technologies, Michel Meunier is also a laureate, in 2006, of a Synergy Award for Innovation. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, as well as OSA and SPIE. In 2016, he won the Guy Rocher Award for his excellence in teaching at the university level. His intense research activities focus on the development of new optical nanomaterials, nano-optical devices and laser technology for nanomedicine applications. He has published more than 380 articles and supervised more than 120 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Since June 1st 2019, he is the Head of the Engineering Physics department.
LASE Plenary Session
Date: Monday 3 February 2020
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:40 PM
3:30 PM - 3:35 PM: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Beat Neuenschwander, Berner Fachhochschule Technik und Informatik (Switzerland) and Xianfan Xu, Purdue Univ. (United States)

3:35 PM - 3:40 PM: Announcement of the 3D Printing, Fabrication, and Manufacturing Best Paper Award
Henry Helvajian, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)

Additional details TBD
OPTO Plenary Session
Date: Monday 3 February 2020
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:05 AM
8:00 AM - 8:05 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Sailing He, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and Zhejiang Univ. (China); Yasuhiro Koike Keio Univ. (Japan)

8:05 AM - 8:45 AM: Efficient light emission from hexagonal SiGe

Erik Bakkers, Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)

Silicon and germanium cannot emit light efficiently due to their indirect bandgap, hampering the development of Si-based photonics. However, alloys of SiGe in the hexagonal phase are predicted to have a direct band gap. In this work, we demonstrate the realization of this new material and the direct band gap properties. We show efficient light emission up to room temperature accompanied by a short radiative lifetime, the hallmarks of a direct band gap material. The band gap energy is tunable in the range of 0.35 till 0.7eV opening a plethora of new applications. We finally discuss possible routes to integrate this material in Si- technology.

After obtaining his PhD in nanoelectrochemistry at the University of Utrecht, Erik Bakkers started working at Philips Research in Eindhoven in 2000. He started his own research group, and the team focused on nanowires - lines of material with a width of several tens of nanometers- an area he continues to research, looking at integration into semiconductors in particular. In 2010, his growing interest in fundamental research resulted in Erik joining the Technical University of Eindhoven as well as Delft Technical University as part-time professor in the Quantum Transport group. His current interest is in Quantum Materials, to detect and manipulate Majorana states, and in Hexagonal Silicon, to demonstrate and exploit the predicted direct band gap in this material. He has received the Technical Review award from MIT, VICI grant, ERC CoG, ERC, AdG, and the Science AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize.

8:45 AM - 9:25 AM: Title to be Determined

David Payne, Optoelectronics Research Centre, The University of Southampton (United Kingdom)

Abstract not yet received.

Professor Sir David Neil Payne CBE FRS FREng is Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton UK. His work has had a great impact on telecommunications and laser technology over the last forty years. The vast transmission capacity of today’s internet results directly from the erbium-doped fibre amplifier (EDFA) invented by David and his team in the 1980s. His pioneering work in fibre fabrication in the 70s resulted in almost all of the special fibres in use today including fibre lasers.
With US funding, he led the team that broke the kilowatt barrier for fibre laser output to international acclaim and now holds many other fibre laser performance records. He has published over 650 Conference and Journal papers.
As an entrepreneur David’s activities have led to a cluster of 11 photonics spin-out companies in and around Southampton. He founded SPI Lasers PLC, which was acquired by the Trumpf Corporation of Germany. He is an Emeritus Chairman of the Marconi Society and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Science Academy and the Indian Academy of Engineering. David is a fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

9:25 AM - 10:05 AM: Title to be Determined

Trond Wuellner, Google (United States)

Abstract not yet received.

Trond Wuellner biography is not yet received.
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