Monday, November 6, 2017 - 16:00 to 17:00
Event Speaker: 
Oksana Ostroverkhova (OSU)
Local Contact: 
Davide Lazzati

Organic (opto)electronic materials have been explored in a variety of applications in electronics and photonics. They offer several advantages over traditional silicon technology, including low-cost processing, fabrication of large-area flexible devices, and widely tunable properties through functionalization of the molecules. Over the past decade, remarkable progress in the material design has been made, which led to a considerable boost in performance of organic thin-film transistors, solar cells, and other applications that rely on photophysics and/or (photo)conductive properties of the material. Nevertheless, a number of fundamental questions pertaining to light-matter interactions and charge carrier photogeneration and transport in these materials remain. In this presentation, I will briefly review the field and give examples of our efforts aiming to understand and tune exciton and charge carrier dynamics in high-performance organic materials and to develop novel, sustainable organic materials. I will also discuss how photophysics can be harnessed to manipulate wild bee populations, which we can potentially be exploited in enhancing crop pollination.      

Refreshments will be offered half an hour before the colloquium in Weniger 379