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Symposium NM03—Nanowires and Related 1D Nanostructures—New Opportunities and Grand Challenges

1-D nanostructures (i.e., nanowires), especially those bottom-up synthesized via the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism, templating or other related growth modes, are promising building blocks for many existing and emerging applications. To date, significant progress has been made in controlling the morphology, structure, and composition of, as well as imparting nanoscale heterogeneity to, 1-D nanostructures. These synthetic advances have paralleled and enabled prototype devices that leverage, for example, the electronic, optoelectronic, electrochemical, and/or thermal properties of the nanostructure. However, myriad materials and device challenges still preclude the commercial use of complex 1-D nanostructures in many exciting application areas. Questions remain about the ability to assemble 1-D nanostructures into more complex superstructures and/or functional systems. To stay relevant, the field must recommit itself to breaking through old barriers and opening new research avenues, including new classes of materials.
This symposium will define the research challenges and opportunities of the next decade and begin to identify avenues to advance the state-of-the-art. There will be a particular focus on translating 1-D nanostructures from the laboratory into viable technologies, developing and advancing important areas of study, and highlighting innovative new research directions. As the study of 1-D nanostructures spans the fields of physics, chemistry, materials science, and biology, the research community is inherently interdisciplinary. However, by including researchers from related, but distinct subareas (e.g., nanowires, nanotubes, colloidal 1-D nanocrystals) this symposium will maximize the generation and cross-pollination of new ideas.
The following topics are of particular interest: (i) Experimental probes of 1-D nanostructure growth, structure, or properties in situ or in otherwise novel ways and with improved spatial and temporal resolution; (ii) methods that dramatically improve the fabrication throughput and purities of the resulting ensembles for both homogeneous and heterogeneous 1-D nanostructures; (iii) syntheses that enable new materials, compositions, or geometries are of interest, as are methods that direct the organization of 1-D nanostructures into interconnected networks and/or hierarchical superstructures. Contributions are also sought that advance understanding and control of 1-D nanostructure properties, such as quantum behavior, thermal transport and biological compatibility for emerging application areas, or any research area where 1-D nanostructures show promise relative to competing technologies.

Topics will include:

  • Syntheses of new materials, compositions, and levels of heterogeneity. High-throughput syntheses and purification techniques
  • In-situ chemical, structural, and property characterization at multiple length scales, with improved spatial and temporal resolution, and/or that provide detailed statistical information
  • Assembly of arrays, hierarchical networks, and superstructures / Novel shapes beyond nanowires
  • Hybrid materials (e.g., semiconductor/superconductor, etc.)
  • Quantum properties and devices (e.g., Majorana fermions, quantum optics, spin physics, etc.)
  • Novel electronic (e.g., transistors, etc.), optoelectronic (e.g., photon detection, emission, focusing, etc.), and photonic applications
  • Energy conversion (e.g., photovoltaic, thermal, electrochemical, etc.), and sensing (e.g., chemical, biological, etc.) applications
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Kris A. Bertness (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA)
  • Philippe Caroff (Microsoft Station Q Delft, Netherlands)
  • Sonia Conesa-Boj (Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands)
  • Martin Eickhoff (Bremen University, Germany)
  • Song Jin (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA)
  • Ernesto Joselevich (Weizmann Institute, Israel)
  • Hannah Joyce (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Peter Krogstrup (Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark)
  • Heiner Linke (Lund University, Sweden)
  • Stephen Maldonado (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Martin Maldovan (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Bianchi Mendez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)
  • Eva Monroy (CEA-Grenoble INAC, France)
  • Carsten Ronning (University of Jena, Germany)
  • Ana Sanchez (University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
  • Heinz Schmid (IBM Research, Switzerland)
  • Jerry Shan (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Eva Unger (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany)
  • Takeshi Yanagida (Kyushu University, Japan)
  • Jianhua Zhao (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

Symposium Organizers

Jordi Arbiol
ICREA and Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), CSIC and BIST
Advanced Electron Nanoscopy
Spain
34937373654, arbiol@icrea.cat

Kimberly Dick Thelander
Lund University
Solid State Physics and Center for Analysis and Synthesis
Sweden

Michael A. Filler
Georgia Institute of Technology
School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
USA
404-894-0430, mfiller@gatech.edu

Anna Fontcuberta i Morral
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials
Switzerland

Keywords for Abstract Submission

1D Nanomaterials, Energy, Hybrid materials, Nanotubes, Nanowires, Novel Electronics, Photonics