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The lowdown on emerging technologies at Applied Industrial Optics 2015

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) 2015 is set to take place June 7-11, 2015 in Arlington, VA. I’m excited to be back blogging my experience as an AIO attendee and also, for the first time, as a Program Chair. This year’s meeting promises more of what AIO is becoming known for: talks on emerging technologies from leading industrial and academic researchers, interactive panel sessions...

Added: 02 Apr 2015


The Hierarchy of Network Connections

To have an influential and powerful person in one’s own network is highly desirable.Keeping that in mind, we all (attempt) to create networks that will benefit us professionally. In fact networking skills are highly prized (see my blog post: The Networking Connection). So we diligently try to meet people within our own organisations, and outside, whom we see as potentially useful. Most...

Added: 22 Mar 2015


Summary and outlook for Light, Energy and the Environment Congress

As a researcher working in the photonics field, I found this Congress was extremely useful. I attended many solar energy related conferences before and I had been always struggling to understand the technique jargons in solar cell research. And I wouldn’t bother to record so many details on thin-film deposition, which are highly equipment dependent. This time I am very glad to find that...

Added: 15 Dec 2014


Day Four: Nobel Laureate addressed Solar Energy in a Sustainable World

A bright solar future: efficiency and cost are not the only challenges In the first plenary session of the Congress today, the Nobel Laureate, Professor Steven Chu presented a talk on “Solar Energy in a Sustainable World”. He reminded the audience that almost all energy formats including fossil fuel, wind, fission, geothermal energy are ultimately derived from the sun. He also...

Added: 15 Dec 2014


Day Three: Panel Discussion-the Future of Energy with Light

Day three of the Congress started with a very fascinating talk given by Toshihiko Iwasaki, Konica Minolta, Japan. He reviewed comprehensively the status of OLED lighting activities at KONICA MINOLTA as well as the advancements in OLED materials and systems. He also presented the latest development on all-phosphorescent white OLED device, progress on solution-processed OLED technologies and the...

Added: 15 Dec 2014


Highlights for Day Two: Light, Energy and Environment Congress

On the second day of the Congress, a number of talks attracted my attention. I would like to share some of them.Impact of disorder on solar cell performance In a talk given by Ulrich W. Paetzold and co-workers from the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-5)-Photovoltaics, Forschungszentrum Julich GmbH, Germany, disorder in nanophotonic thin-film solar cells was examined by near-field...

Added: 03 Dec 2014


Things you can’t miss on Day Two

On the second day of the Congress, there are a few interesting talks that I will recommend. The first series of invited talks are about advances in highly efficient organic light emitting devices (OLED) that will be in the morning session. Using different nanostructure designs the lightening efficiency can be improved significantly. The second series of invited talks are about the surface...

Added: 03 Dec 2014


Day One of the Light, Energy and Environment Congress

Day one was a busy and exciting day. There were so many things happening. Four parallel sessions were up running. Many interesting talks were given from government officials, vice chancellor of Australian National University, famous professors and early career researchers about the energy issues and using the advanced photonics technology in solving the energy and environment challenges. I met...

Added: 02 Dec 2014


Things you can’t miss on Day One: OSA PV conference

Now we are on business here in Canberra. After a few thunderstorms last night, today’s weather is sunny and warm. It is perfect for the Conference! There are many things going on today. But a few things you cannot miss. At 8:30 am Professor Ian Young, the Vice-Chancellor and President of the Australian National University will give the opening remark. Professor Young was the former Vice...

Added: 01 Dec 2014


Starting Now: OSA Light, Energy and the Environment Congress

The Congress is starting today! With four featured topical meetings, the Congress is going to provide you the most comprehensive and advanced frontiers of optical technologies for energy production, transport, and usage. It’s going to be a feast for photonics lovers, who are longing to see the great impact of optics and photonics in the energy sector. As a researcher in the photonics...

Added: 01 Dec 2014