Optics and Photonics for Energy & the Environment (E2)

Optics and Photonics for Energy & the Environment (E2)

E2 focuses on monitoring and controlling the generation of energy and its impact on the environment. The conference will showcase optical techniques and instrumentation used in monitoring, sensing, and transmitting information relating to energy and the environment. It will bring together people from industry, university, and government to address environmental impacts of energy production and policies to guide its management. Special emphasis will be on sensor devices for energy, environment, and pollution monitoring, energy usage and transmission (including smart grid technology), and energy efficiency in industry.

E2 Keynote

James G. AndersonJames G. Anderson
Anderson Group
Harvard University, USA,

1. Optics and Photonics in Environment and Pollution Monitoring
  • Optical instruments to measure trace gases, airborne particulates and aerosols (including LIDAR and DOAS)
  • Optical systems for measurement of whole-facility emissions (including open-path and fiber-optical sensing)
  • Emerging applications for spectroscopic techniques (including non-destructive optical methods)
  • Optics and photonics in terrestrial environment and climate change (including satellite and remote sensing)
  • Broadband spectroscopy of the environment (including frequency comb spectroscopy)
  • Optical instruments and techniques to measure solid and liquid pollutants or contaminants and water quality (including hyperspectral imaging, LIBS, and time-gated luminescence flow cytometry)
2. Optics and Photonics in Monitoring Services Related to other Industries
  • Optics and photonics in the oil and gas industry (including optical sensors to monitor flow lines)
  • Optics and photonics for the mining industry (including prospecting and environmental impacts)
  • Optics and photonics in agriculture (including animal health and productivity, crops, gas emissions, etc.)
  • Optics and photonics for renewable energy sources (including geothermal and wind energy, solar sensors)
  • Optics and photonics to increase energy and environmental efficiencies of information transmission (including telecommunications, computing, and the internet)
  • Improving efficiency and environmental impact of energy transport and storage (e.g., smart grid technology)
  • Optics and photonics for monitoring underwater structures and marine biology

3. Optics and Photonics in Research on High-Energy Materials and Processes
  • Optical techniques to understand the physics, chemistry, and usage of high-energy materials
  • Optical techniques to detect hazardous high-energy materials like TNT, RDX etc.
  • Optics and photonics for studies of combustion, propulsion, and flow processes (such as flames, explosions, projectiles, engines, etc.)
  • Optical techniques to detect nuclear materials and by-products for applications in nuclear energy production
Steven Chu, Stanford University, USA

James G. Anderson, Anderson Group, Harvard University, USA

Toshihiko Iwasaki, Konica Minolta, Japan

Martin Green,  University of South Wales, Australia

Roland Winston, University of California Merced, USA

Armin Aberle, Solar Energy Research Institute, Singapore, Design Criteria Of Gaas On Silicon Tandem Solar Cells for Terrestrial Applications, Invited

Reinhard Carius, Forschungszentrum Julich GmbH, Nanophotonic Light Management In Thin-film Solar Cells, Invited

Kylie Catchpole, Australian National University, Australia, Nanophotonic Light Trapping for Single Junction and Tandem Solar Cells, Invited

Ning Dai, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, Nearly Perfect Optical Absorption Due To Random Nano Structures, Invited

Takashi Fukui, RCIQE, Hokkaido University, Japan, III-V Compound Semiconductor Nanowire Solar Cells , Invited

Jeppe Holm, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Towards Gaasp Nanowire On Silicon Tandem Solar Cells , Invited

Jung-Yong Lee, KAIST, South Korea, Light Management Using Nano- and Micro-structures in Organic Solar Cells , Invited

Marina Leite, University of Maryland at College Park, United States, Imaging Open Circuit Voltage In Solar Cells with Nanoscale Resolution , Invited

Meicheng Li, North China Electric Power University, China, Optical Property of Silicon Based Nanostructure and Fabrication of Silicon Nanostructure Solar Cells , Invited

Xiaofeng Li, Soochow University, China, Nanowires for Photovoltaics: Simulating the Electrical Response , Invited

Yoshitaka Okada, University of Tokyo, Japan, Quantum Dot Superlattice for High-efficiency Intermediate Band Solar Cells , Invited

Wounjhang Park, University of Colorado at Boulder, United States, Plasmonic Nanostructures for Organic Photovoltaic Devices , Invited

Hitoshi Sai, Natl Inst of Adv Industrial Sci & Tech, Japan, Toward High-efficiency Thin Film Silicon Solar Cells: Interplay Between Liight Trapping Structures and Film Growth, Invited

Tim Schmidt, University of New South Wales, Australia, Photochemical Photon Upconversion for Solar Energy and More, Invited

Ralf Wehrspohn, Fraunhofer IWM Halle, Germany, Black Silicon Photovoltaics , Invited

Bongyoung Yoo, Hanyang University, South Korea, Thin Si Wafering(<100um) with Electrodeposit-assisted Stripping(eas) Process for Solar Cell Applications , Invited

Miro Zeman, Technische Universiteit Delft, Light Trapping Concepts for Enhanced Absorption in Thin Silicon Solar Cells , Invited

Program Chair

Jiansheng Jie, Soochow University, China
Alexander Sprafke, Martin-Luther University Halle, Germany
Thomas White, Australian National University, Australia


Gavin Conibeer, University of New South Wales, Australia
Lan Fu, Australian National University, Australia
Jan Goldschmidt, Fraunhofer Inst Solare Energie Systeme, Germany
Olindo Isabella, Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands
Jung-Ho Lee, Hanyang University, South Korea
Jeremy Munday, University of Maryland at College Park, United States
Jihun Oh, Korea Advanced Inst of Science & Tech, South Korea
Sai Santosh Kumar Raavi, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyd, India
Carsten Rockstuhl, University of Jena, Germany
Masakazu Sugiyama, the University of Tokyo, Japan
Baoquan Sun, Soochow University, China
Hoe Tan, Australian National University, Australia
Carolin Ulbrich, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Lianzhou Wang, University of Queensland, Australia
Peng Wang, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, China
Scott Watkins, Australia
Plenary Session
Friday, 5 December
09:00 -10:00

Steven Chu is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities and Sciences and Professor of Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology at Stanford University.  His research program encompasses atomic physics, quantum electronics, energy and energy economics, and biophysics and biomedicine that tests fundamental theories in physics, the development of methods to laser cool and trap atoms, atom interferometry, and the study of polymers and biological systems at the single molecule level.  For his work developing the theory of laser cooling of atoms, he was co-recipient the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997.  From January 2009 until April 2013, Dr. Chu served as the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy, being the first scientist to hold a cabinet position.

Congress Reception
Tuesday, 2 December
University House
18:30 - 19:30

Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest. (Times subject to change. Please check your Congress program)

Joint Poster Session
Wednesday, 3 December
18:30 - 20:00
Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

Congress Banquet
Thursday, 4 December
National Museum of Australia
19:00 - 21:00

This will be a ticketed event. 

As apart of the Congress experience, paid Full technical and Student attendees are invited to the Congress Dinner a the National Museum of Australia.  This event requires a ticket and should be checked off at the time of registration. A ticket must be presented at entry. Guest tickets may be purchased during Registration hours prior to Wednesday, 4 December.  Congress Management will be providing shuttle buses to and from the event location. The bus pickup will begin at 19:00 in the front of the Manning Clark Centre.  The last bus will depart at 19:20.  Buses will drop off and pickup in a location close to the main entrance of the museum. 

The National Museum of Australia is a social history museum. The Museum explores the land, nation and people of Australia. It focuses on Indigenous histories and cultures, histories of European settlement and our interaction with the environment.  Visit the The National Museum of Australia's website for information and details.

Policy Session
Thursday, 4 December
16:30 - 17:30
Abstracts are being sought for a special session on energy policy to be held from 16.30 – 17.30 on Thursday 4th December.  This session would immediately precede the Discussion Panel Forum on “the Future of Energy with Light” from 17.30 – 19.00.   Topics for presentation in the special policy session will include energy economics, sociology and policy aspects related to the deployment of energy technology.
The Future of Energy with Light Discussion Panel Forum
Thursday, 4 December
17:30 - 19:00
A plenary Discussion Panel Forum on “the Future of Energy with Light” will be held from 17.30 – 19.00 on Thursday 4th December.  The panel members are:
  • Professor Ken Baldwin (Director, ANU ECI - moderator)
  • Professor Steve Chu (Stanford, and former Energy Secretary to President Obama)
  • Hans-Josef Fell (architect of renewable energy policy in the German Parliament)
  • Professor Armin Aberle (Director, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore)
  • Dr. Charlie Wang (CEO of Suncore, China)
  • Professor Andrew Blakers (Director, Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, ANU ECI)

The discussion panel will be followed by the Congress dinner at the National Museum of Australia – 19:00 - 21:00.

Publish in Optics Express
A special issue from OSA's Light, Energy and the Environment Congress will be published in Optics Express/Energy Express. All presenters are welcome to submit to the special issue. Submission deadline for journal articles will be 1 February 2015. More details will be posted here soon.

Best Student Presentation Awards
Two student presenters will be selected onsite to receive the Best Student Paper Award.  Judging will be conducted by members of the Program Committee attending the meeting and winners will recive a complimentary registration to the 2015 Light, Energy, and the Environment Congress in Suzhou, China.  A brief awards ceremony will be held during the Closing Ceremony of the Congress to announce the winners and present them with certificates.

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