David Kirkpatrick

August 9, 2010

A meeting of the photonic minds

Experts from three major photonic fields — solar photovoltaics, infrared (IR) photovoltaics and light emitting diode (LED) — met at the 2010 International Symposium on Optoelectronic Materials and Devices held on July 12 and 13, 2010, in Chicago. The conference was put together by the Quantum-functional Semiconductor Research Center of Dongguk University, the Microphysics Laboratory of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Sivananthan Laboratories Inc. The symposium gave photonics leaders the opportunity to get together and discuss the current and future state of the industry and its materials and devices.

About the conference, Dr. Chris Grein, Professor of Physics and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said, “The fields of solar and infrared photovoltaics and light emitting diodes have many common technical elements yet few conferences bring together experts from all three. One of the goals of the symposium was to facilitate the cross-pollination of many ideas that will benefit these technologies.”

The entire photonic space is rapidly evolving and conferences that put the different disciplines together can spur innovation from unseen sources. A material that imrpoves LED lighting could possibly improve solar cells, or a production technique lowering the cost of solar photovoltaics might also be applicable to IR photovoltaics. Another benefit of this meeting is it puts industry leaders, top researchers, students and other members of this business sector together in one place for a couple of days to speculate and share ideas.

Symposium topics included:

  • thin film solar cells
  • very high efficiency tandem solar cells
  • heteroepitaxial growth
  • antimonide- and HgCdTe-based infrared sensors
  • ZnO nanorods
  • The featured speakers were Dr. Martha Symko Davies of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Mr. Minh Le of the Solar Energy Technologies Program at the U.S. Department of Energy. This year’s conference was seventh in an ongoing series


    May 11, 2009

    EntreTech Forum coming May 19

    Warm (this morning) from the inbox:

    The EntreTech Forum Presents … PHOTONICS/OPTICS – Understanding the Latest Applications of Light-based Technologies in Medical, Consumer, Industrial, and Defense Sectors

    BOSTON, May 11 /PRNewswire/ — On May 19th, The EntreTech Forum will bring together some of the region’s educators, researchers and entrepreneurs to focus on photonics/optics academic/commercial nexus of innovation, and to answer key questions around:

      —  understanding the local resource base for photonics-based innovation
      —  distilling the key drivers that define success or failure for
          early-stage research-driven photonics entrepreneurs
      —  defining for the audience what the next great ideas in
          photonics/optics technology will look like

    Whether for treating disease, advancing solar energy cells or enhancing semiconductor performance, recent advances in photonics and optics have created myriad opportunities for entrepreneurs to break new ground across a tremendously wide spectrum of commercial activity. As ever, the Greater Boston area’s potent mix of university resources and entrepreneurial culture have made our region a leader in a new and constantly evolving technological field.

      Tuesday, May 19, 2009 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

          The Enterprise Center at Foley Hoag,
          The Bay Colony Corporate Center
          1000 Winter St., Ste. 4000
          Waltham, MA
          Cost: $25 – public;  $10 – students & active military

    For information, registration and directions visit our web site http://www.entretechforum.org/

      Pre-Registration Available Online http://theentretechforum.camp7.org/

      Directions & Map http://www.entretechforum.org/7_contact.htm

      — Moderator:
          Andrew Fairbairn, Managing Principal, Fairbairn Ventures

      — Panelists:
          Jonathan Rosen, Executive Director, Institute for Technology
           Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, BU School of Management

          Stephen Saylor, President & CEO, SiOnyx

          George Tegos, Instructor at MGH, Wellman Center for Photonics

      About The EntreTech Forum

    The EntreTech Forum consists of moderated monthly panel discussions on emerging academic research and the commercialization of this technology. It was designed for those interested in technology innovation and marketing collaboration and networking with fellow entrepreneurs, business and government executives, investors, and technology researchers.

    The technology-innovation presentations feature entrepreneurial and corporate accomplishments along commercialization pathways with discussions of tech transfer and technology incubation and research from universities, industry and government. The multi-disciplinary subjects of raising and utilizing different forms of capital, building alliances and structuring deals are included as part of the programming, and serve as tools for the entrepreneur and researcher to commercialize science and technology.

    The EntreTech Forum is an affiliate of Northeastern University’s School of Technological Entrepreneurship (STE) and is directed by a governing board of business principals, investors, and researchers.

    For information and directions visit our web site at http://www.entretechforum.org/

    Source: The EntreTech Forum

    Web Site:  http://www.entretechforum.org/