WE-Heraeus Seminar

We are happy to announce the WE-Heraeus Seminar on

"Optoelectronic Processes at Nanostructured Interfaces"
(14 - 16 March, 2022, Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, Germany)


The seminar will bring together leading European experts in the field of nanostructured interfaces to discuss the possibilities in synthesis, characterization and applications.

The growing demand for higher computing power, more selective sensing, and alternative energy production requires new generations of materials for future optical and electrical devices with higher efficiencies and lower costs. The development of such devices is expected to enable a broad range of electronic applications among which are LEDs both for lighting and for displays, batteries and capacitors, highly selective catalysts and electrocatalysts, sensors and photodetectors, and many more. For that purpose, nanostructured materials can be exploited in solution or in the solid state, for instance as thin films, either pure or as combinations by self-assembly. Due to the ongoing miniaturization and the use of nanomaterials and with this the increased surface-to-volume ratio the interfaces gain more and more relevance. Eventually, an understanding of the materials’ interface properties is essential for their application in high-performance devices. Further, tailoring and controlling the electronic structure at the interface has a profound impact on their optoelectronic properties. In this WE-Heraeus Seminar, leading experts from synthetic chemistry (providing the materials), experimental physics (characterizing the materials) and computational material science (tracing the mechanisms) will address the problems, challenges and opportunities in the field of nanostructured interfaces for optoelectronics, highlight perspectives for future applications, report on new possibilities in synthesis and characterization, inspire novel research directions and foster collaborative efforts among the participants.

Contributing talks are welcome. Other participants are asked to present their work as posters.

The conference language will be English. Registration, board and lodging are free of charge. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation bears the cost of full-board accommodation for all participants.

The seminar will be organized in a hybrid way. If you cannot attend the meeting on site, there will be a video conference stream in parallel.


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