Thrust 1: Photonics/Optoelectronics

Larry Dalton (Chemistry, Thrust Leader)

David Ginger (Chemistry, Associate Thrust Leader)

The Institute of Advanced Materials and Technology (i-AMT) effort in Photonics and Optoelectronics focuses on developing new materials and device concepts for the processing and interconversion of optical and electrical signals. These processes form the heart of modern computing, telecommunications, energy (photovoltaics and lighting), and health care (imaging/sensing) applications. Involving scientists and engineers from diverse departments, the Photonics thrust studies both the fundamental properties and potential applications of next generation materials such as plastic semiconductors, quantum dots, plasmonic metal nanostructures, silicon nanodevices, and organic NLO materials.

Some examples of specific projects involved with the Photonics thrust include:

1. Organic non-linear optical materials for ultrafast electro-optic modulators (Dalton, Jen)

2. Conjugated polymers (plastic semiconductors) and devices for low-cost photovoltaics (Ginger, Luscombe, Jenekhe, Jen)

3. Organic and inorganic materials (e.g. nanocrystal quantum dots) for solid state lighting and display applications (Jen, Jenekhe, Ginger)

4. Silicon nanophotonics for communications, sensing, and data processing (Hochberg, Jen, Chen)

5. New fiber optic technologies (Mescher, Hochberg)

The University of Washington is internationally recognized for its pioneering efforts in the area of organic electronics and electro-optic devices. Institute investigators have strong federally funded programs supported by NSF, DARPA, DOE, and close ties with local companies such as Boeing, Intel, and Lumera. The photonics thrust involves researchers from the departments of Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering.

Related UW Research Centers and Programs:

Materials & Devices for Information Technology Research (MDITR STC)