Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

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Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Nanomaterials and devices for sustainable energy, imaging, and biosensing​

Prof. Ted Sargent
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, U. of Toronto

Fri, Nov. 22, 2013
1:30 PM @ Stirling A


Materials chemists have rapidly advanced the synthesis, and the physical understanding, of a new class of semiconductors based on colloidal quantum dots. These materials are attractive for their highly scalable synthesis, their ready manufacturing from the solution phase, and their wide-ranging spectral tunability through the quantum size effect.

I will discuss advances in exploiting this class of materials into high-performance devices. I will focus on photodetection, relevant to imaging (both visible and infrared), and also photovoltaics, relevant to solar energy harvesting.

I will discuss the deployment of interdisciplinary engineering physics' advances in device performance, materials chemistry, electronic spectroscopies, and materials and device modeling - that have enabled rapid progress in the field, and will discuss its prospects.