SPIE Smart Nano+Micro Materials and Devices, a multidisciplinary forum to advance research in the global use of micro- and nanofabrication technologies, ran 4-7 December at Swinburne Universtiy of Technology Hawthorn Campus in Melbourne, Australia, home of the biophotonics- and nanophotonics-focused Swinburne Centre for Micro-Photonics.
Micro- and nanoscale research enables promising new materials and applications across many fields, including air, water, and food quality; sustainable energy; security; and medicine. Nearly 150 papers on new research in these topics were presented in the three-day event.
Daily plenary talks included:
- Nanomaterials in Photovoltaics, by Martin A. Green (University of New South Wales)
- Photonics Band-Gap Materials: Light Trapping Crystals, by Sajeev John (University of Toronto)
- Nanophotonics: Thermal and Solar Applications, by Shanhui Fan (Stanford University). Presentation slides (PDF).
Above, the winner of one of two Best Poster Award winners is presented with his prize including a certificate and iPod. From left in front are award committee chair Yasuyuki Tsuboi (Hokkaido University), prize winner Masahi Fukuhara (Toyohashi University of Technology), and prize sponsor representative Gary Watson (John Morris Scientific); in back, conference chair Saulius Juodkazis (Swinburne University of Technology). Fukuhara's paper was on "Analysis of optical frequency signal transmission through whispering gallery mode." Also winning a Best Poster Award but not available for a photo was Sunnam Kim (Kumamoto University and Nissan Chemical Industries), whose paper was on "Passive-matrix driving of electrochromic display employing hyperbranched viologen polymer film"
Below, a well-attended poster session highlighted Monday evening.
A conference dinner on Tuesday evening at the Amora Hotel provided more opportunities for networking; immediately below, Conference Chairs Saulius Juodkazis and Min Gu (Centre for Micro-Photonics, Swinburne University).