Invited Speakers 


Dr Chantal Andraud,  École Normale Supérieure of Lyon.

"NIR molecules for nonlinear absorption and biological applications."

Dr. Chantal Andraud  obtained her a Ph.D. in University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris and is Research Director in CNRS. She is Director of the Chemistry Laboratory of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and  is Doctor Honoris Causa from Politechnica University of Bucharest and SPIE fellow. Her research concerns organic and coordination (lanthanides and transition metals) chemistry for different applications in optics and nonlinear optics (second harmonic generation, electro-optic effect, two-photon absorption for 3D microfabrication, optical limiting, dynamic phototherapy, bio-imaging).




Prof. Pierre Audebert, PPSM - ENS Paris-Saclay. 

Enhancement of light emission using organic fluorophores as antennas in unusual situations: The cases of tetrazines and 2-D hybrid perovskites.

Pierre Audebert, born Périgueux  (France) on Feb. 12th, 1959, in the homeland of truffles and foie gras. Married Aifang Wang, 2 children. Professor, class exceptionnal since 2010 (materials chemistry).

Education : Engineer ESPCI Paris. Doctorat d'Etat, Electrochemistry, Grenoble U., in 1987.

Professionnal achievements : Permanent research assistant, CNRS (Electrochimie Moléculaire, U. Paris 7), in may 1988. Full professor in 1993 in University of Franche Comté (Chimie et d'Electrochimie Moléculaire) in october 1993. Mutation to PPSM in Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan in 1998. First class in 2004, Exc. Class in 2010. Responsible of a research team (5-14) members in PPSM laboratory 1998-2015.

Competences : Organic heterocyclic chemistry, Electrochemistry, NLO, Sol-gel chemistry, Nanomaterials, Fluorescence, Perovskites.

Achievements and distinctions : Author of 200 + publications, H=39, several book chapters and review articles. Prof. Invited/adjunct in several foreign universities (China, Korea, US, Japan, Poland …); Admitted Institut Universitaire de France senior Member in 2014 (5 y. duty ongoing).





 Prof. Alasdair Campbell, Imperial College London. 

"Circular polarized optoelectronic devices based on chiral organic semiconductors."

Professor Alasdair James Campbell has a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics from Queen Mary College and an MSc in Solid State Physics from Chelsea College, both parts of the University of London. He did his PhD on semiconducting polymers in the Department of Materials, Queen Mary College. He has worked as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Kings College, London and the Department of Physics, University of Sheffield. In 2000 he took up his academic position at Imperial College London. He is currently a Professor of Solid State Physics in the Department of Physics. He is also part of the college-wide Centre for Plastic Electronics (CPE). His research is in the area of organic semiconductor materials and devices. This includes organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) for applications such as large area, flexible and energy-efficient displays and lighting, lightweight wearable electronics, and optoelectronic sources and sensors for quantum optics and biomedicene. Current areas of focus include organic chiral optoelectronics, large-area contact printed plastic electronics, device physics and biomedical organic electronic sensors.




Prof. Roberto Mendonça Faria, São Carlos Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, Brazil.

"Plasmon enhanced fluorescence and emission lifetime modulation of conjugated polymers by metallic copper cavity arrays."

Roberto Mendonça Faria is a Full Professor in the University of São Paulo. He is involved in the field of organic electronics, then publishing more than 180 articles in this field. He supervised graduate degrees of more than 47 students (27 PhDs and 20 Masters). Now he heads the National Institute on Organic Electronics (INEO) that has more than 35 research groups throughout Brazil. He was director of the São Carlos Institute of Physics between 2002 and 2006, coordinator of the Institute for Advanced Study of USP/São Carlos (2010-1013), and president of the Brazil Materials Research Society (2013-2016).





Prof. Vidmantas Gulbinas, Center for Physical Sciences and Technolgy, Vilnius, Lithuania.

"Charge carrier motion dynamics in organic solar cells."

Vidmantas Gulbinas is leading researcher in the department of Molecular Compounds Physics of the Center for Physical Sciences and Technolgy in Vilnius, Lithuania and professor of Vilnius University. He graduated from Vilnius University, faculty of physics at 1980 and received his Ph.D. in experimental physics in 1880.  His main research activities are on development of ultrafast spectroscopic techniques for investigation of ultrafast optically induced processes in molecular solutions, aggregates and solids. His research group is currently manly focused on charge carrier generation, motion and recombination dynamics in organic and hybrid materials and solar cells.





Prof. Eunkyoung Kim, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Yonsei University.

Control of charge transport across interfaces of polymer films for bistable electrochromism.”

Prof. Eunkyoung Kim earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Yonsei University (Seoul Korea), MS from Seoul National University, and a Ph.D. from University of Houston, USA. She received Doctor Honoris Causa from ENS Cashan, France. Currently she is a professor of the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering of Yonsei Univ. Her research focuses on conjugated polymers for chromogenic, thermoelectric, and photothermal switching. She served as the vice president of research affair, president of University-Industry Foundation, and the director of Active polymer center for pattern integration at Yonsei University.





 Prof. Anna Köhler, Department of Physics, University of Bayreuth.

"Photogeneration and Recombination at Conjugated Polymer Interfaces."

Professor Anna Köhler holds a chair of experimental physics at the University of Bayreuth. She received her PhD in 1996 from the University of Cambridge, UK, where she continued her research funded through Research Fellowships by Peterhouse and by the Royal Society. In 2003 she was appointed professor at the University of Potsdam, Germany, from where she moved in 2007 to the University of Bayreuth, Germany. Her research is concerned with photophysical processes in organic semiconductors. She focusses in particular on the processes of energy and charge transfer in singlet and triplet excited states, the exciton dissociation mechanism and intermolecular/interchain interactions.






Prof. Isabelle Ledoux-Rak,  Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan , France.

"Metallic nanoparticles for quadratic nonlinear optics : size and shape effects."

Isabelle Ledoux-Rak graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (1981). She obtained her PhD degree in Physics in 1988 on nonlinear optical (NLO) properties of crystals and Langmuir-Blodgett films, under the supervision of Prof. Joseph Zyss in Centre National d’Etudes des Telecomunications, Bagneux, France. She is currently appointed as Professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan and director of the “Laboratoire de Photonique Quantique et Moleculaire”. Her current research topics are focused on molecular and supramolecular engineering for photonic applications, investigation of gold nanoparticles for quadratic nonlinear optics and elaboration of waveguiding polymer devices for sensor applications. She is the coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master course: “Molecular Nano- and biophotonics for telecommunications and biotechnologies, since September 2006. 






Prof. Kwang-Sup Lee, Department of Advanced Materials, Hannam University, Daejeon, S. Korea.

“Fabrication of 3D Microstructures by Two-Photon Polymerization for Photonic and Biophotonic Applications.”

Kwang-Sup Lee is Professor of the Department of Advanced Materials at Hannam University, Korea. He also holds a position as the Research Professor at the Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics in the University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA. He received his BS degree in chemistry from Hannam University in 1976, MS degree in polymer chemistry from Korea University in 1980, and a doctorate in polymer science from Freiburg University, Germany in 1984. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research from 1985 to 1986 and a visiting professor at the Naval Research Laboratory, USA in 1998. His research interests lie in the field of photofunctional polymers, organic-inorganic hybrid materials and their application in devices. Prof. Lee is a Fellow of SPIE and EM Academy.







Prof. David G. Lidzey, University of Sheffield.

"Strong coupling in optical microcavities: from fluorescent dyes to living bacteria."

Prof. David Lidzey studied for a B.Sc. and PhD in Physics at the University of Birmingham, with his PhD research addressing bio-photonic devices. After graduation, he moved to the University of Sheffield to undertake postdoctoral research in the area of polymer optoelectronics. He has subsequently held research Fellowships from both Lloyds of London and the UK EPSRC. He was promoted to a personal chair in 2007 and his current research interests include the use of organic and hybrid semiconductors in photonics and optoelectronics. He is co-founder and Chairman of the materials science company Ossila Ltd.





Prof. John Lupton, Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics, Regensburg University.

"Controlling H- and J-type aggregation: from single polymer nanoparticles to transition-metal dichalcogenide single-photon LEDs."

John Lupton holds a chair in experimental physics at Regensburg University, Germany, where he presently serves as dean. He is also Research Professor of Physics at the University of Utah, where he maintains a small research activity. John studied physics at the University of Durham, UK, and held postdoctoral appointments at the University of St Andrews, at the MPI in Mainz and at LMU Munich. Distinctions include a Packard Fellowship, a Research Corporation Scialog award, and an ERC Starting Grant. His research interests span single-molecule spectroscopy of pi-conjugated macromolecules, spin physics of molecular materials, and the optics of semiconductor and metallic nanostructures.





Dr. Rainer F. Mahrt, IBM Research, Quantum Technology Group, Zurich Research Laboratory, Switzerland.

"Bose-Einstein Condensation in a Polymer: Towards a Quantum Simulator."

 Rainer F. Mahrt received his PhD working in the field of site-selective laser spectroscopy in disordered systems in 1991 from Marburg University. He was a research associate at ”Istituto di Spettroscopia Molecolare”, CNR, Bologna in 1996. He obtained his habilitation in physical chemistry in 1997 on ultrafast laser spectroscopy. In 1999, he was appointed to a group-leader position at the Max-Plank Institute. In 2001 he joined the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory (ZRL). His current research interests are opto-electronic properties of organic/inorganic materials, optical properties of confined systems, and more recently polariton condensates for analog quantum simulation.





Prof. Rajesh Menon, USTAR Associate Professor, Menon Research Group, University of Utah.

"Going beyond the far-field diffraction limit in nanopatterning using photochromic molecules."

Rajesh Menon combines his expertise in nanofabrication, computation and optical engineering to impact myriad fields including super-resolution lithography, metamaterials, broadband diffractive optics, integrated photonics, photovoltaics and computational optics. His research has spawned over 95 publications, over 35 patents, and 3 spin-off companies. Rajesh is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. Among his other honors are a NASA Early Stage Innovations Award, NSF CAREER Award and the International Commission for Optics Prize. He currently directs the Laboratory for Optical Nanotechnologies ( at the University of Utah. He received S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT.





Prof. Andrzej Miniewicz, Advanced Materials Engineering and Modelling Group, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology.

"Physics of optical trapping of untrappable particles - gas bubbles."

Prof. Andrzej Miniewicz obtained doctorate in chemistry in 1980 and title of professor in physics in 1998 from Wroclaw University of Technology, Wroclaw, Poland. From 1994 to 2014 he held position of head of Physics and Chemistry of Molecular Materials at Faculty of Chemistry. He was visiting professor in CEA, Saclay, ANU, Laser Physics Center, Canberra and POMA, University of Angers. He published more than 220 scientific papers.

His research is focused on optical and nonlinear optical properties of crystals, liquid crystals and polymers with emphasis on real-time holography, photorefraction and holographic grating recording in azofunctionalized polymers, and recently random lasing and optofluidics.





Prof. Andrew Monkman, Department of Physics, Durham University. 

"100% efficient OLEDs using thermally activated delayed fluorescence; Vibrational coupling in TADF and how resonance between energy levels yields efficient OLEDs."

Professor Andy Monkman obtained his PhD (London) in 1987 and has run the OEM research group at the University of Durham since then, focussing on the study of the optical properties of organic semiconductors, and OLED devices. The research group has a sophisticated array of spectroscopic techniques ranging from 15 fsec time resolved laser measurements to the ability to study the weakest phosphorescent processes. Many dedicated spectroscopic techniques have been developed for the study of triplet exciton dynamics, triplet annihilation processes and thermally activated delayed fluorescence, in organic materials. We are currently focused on understanding the mechanism that drive TADF.





Prof. Soo Young Park, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering, Seoul National University.

“Luminescent Organic Semiconductor”

Soo Young Park received his PhD from Seoul National University in 1988. He has been a senior researcher in the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST, Korea) in 1985-1995. He joined

Seoul National University as a faculty member in 1995 and was promoted and tenured to the full professor of Materials Science and Engineering. He is a director of the Creative Research Initiative Center for Supramolcular Optoelectronics Materials (CSOM) since 2009. In 2010, he was appointed as the fellow of Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST). His research focuses on the design and synthesis of molecular electronics/photonics materials.





Dr. Luana Persano, NEST, Istituto Nanoscienze of the National Research Council (CNR), Pisa, Italy.

“Electrospun light-emitting nanofibers for next lasing applications.”

Luana Persano, PhD in Innovative Materials and Technologies (U. Salento) is staff researcher at the Nanoscience Institute of CNR and co-founder of the high-tech company Soft Materials and Technologies S.r.l. She has been Marie-Curie fellow at FORTH, and visiting scientist at Harvard and at U. Illinois. Her research interests include nano-manufacturing on organics and nanocomposites for nanophotonic devices, and electrospinning. She has authored 90 papers, and she has been TEDx speaker in 2014.  Her research has been recognized with the International Obducat Prize for Nanoimprinting Lithography (2005), “CNR-Start-Cup” award (2010), and  “Bellisario” Award as Young Talent in Industrial Engineering (2011).





Professor MAREK PIETRASZKIEWICZ, Department of Photochemistry and Spectroscopy, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences. Leader of the Organic Photoelectronics Group.

"Eu(III) and Tb(III) Tetraphenylimidodiphosphinates as Prospective Materials for Advanced Photoluminescent Diagnostics."

Scientific interests - past: supramolecular chemistry: molecular recognition, self-assembly and self-organization, calixarene chemistry, polyazamacrocycles and their transition metal complexes, macrocyclic and acyclic luminescent lanthanide complexes, porphyrin analogues synthesis, electronic bistability in CT complexes, present: advanced organic materials for OLED technology, lanthanide complexes for biomedical applications, semiconductor nanoparticles functionalized with lanthanide photoluminescent complexes.





Prof. Wojciech Pisula, Lodz University of Technology and Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research.

"Self-Assembly into Mono- and Multilayer Organic Field-Effect Transistors."

Prof. Wojciech Pisula has gained his M.Sc. in chemical engineering at the University of Wales, Swansea, in 2002. In 2005, he completed his PhD in the group of Prof. Klaus Müllen at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP) in Mainz and in 2015 his habilitation at the Technical University of Darmstadt. In 2015, he became an Associate Professor at the Lodz University of Technology in the Department of Molecular Physics, while keeping a project leader position (currently in the group of Prof. Paul Blom) at the MPIP since 2006. In 2016, he has been appointed as Editor for Synthetic Metals. His research focuses on material science of self-assembling conjugated molecules and polymers and their implementation in functional devices. Parallel to his academic career, he holds a full position at Evonik Industries since 2006 and is currently the Head of Applied Technology Silicone in the business line Silica.




Prof. Adam Pron, Professor of Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw University of Technology.

"Hybrids of inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals and organic electroactive molecules. Preparation and properties."

Adam ProĊ„ was born (1951) and to the MSc level educated in Poland.  He got his PhD in 1980 from University of Pennsylvania working under the supervision of Alan G. MacDiarmid. After graduation he started working at Warsaw University of Technology where he became full professor in 1993. In 1991-1993 he shared his time between Warsaw University of Technology and “UNIAX” Corporation where he  closely collaborated with Alan J. Heeger. In 1998 he moved to the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in Grenoble. In 2012 he retired from this institution in and became full professor at Warsaw University of Technology.





Prof. Jean-Charles Ribierre, Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA), Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan.

“Towards CW lasing in organic semiconducting thin films.”

Prof. Jean-Charles Ribierre obtained his doctorate in physics in 2002 from the University of Strasbourg in France. Before moving in 2013 to the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research at Kyushu University as associate professor, he held positions at RIKEN (Japan), the University of St Andrews (UK) and Ewha Womans University (South Korea). His research is focused on the development and the physics of organic semiconducting materials and optoelectronic devices. In particular, his recent activities are mainly devoted to thermally-activated delayed fluorescent (TADF) organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic semiconductor lasers.  





Prof. Carlos Silva, Department of Physics,  Université de Montréal.

"Excited-state dynamics in metal halide perovskites probed via two-dimensional coherent spectroscopy."

Carlos Silva will be Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology with joint position in the School of Physics & Biochemistry and the School of Physics, beginning in May 2017. Prior to this, he held the Canada Research Chair in Organic Semiconductor Materials at the Université de Montréal, where he was Assistant Professor (2005), Associate Professor (2009) and Professor (2015). He was EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow in the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, from 2001 to 2005. He enjoys international recognition as a leader in the development of the physics of polymeric and hybrid semiconductors by means of time-resolved optical probes, especially ultrafast spectroscopies.





Prof. Peter Skabara, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde.

"Investigating twisted and other non-conventional molecular architectures for application in organic electronics."

Prof Peter Skabara is the James Young Chair of Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde and the Deputy-Editor-in-Chief and Chair of the Journal of Materials Chemistry C. He is the author of over 170 papers, focusing on the synthesis and application of new materials for organic electronics. Prof Skabara is currently a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder, which was gained for his research into monodisperse macromolecular conjugated materials for photonic applications.





Prof. Jacek Ulanski, Department of Molecular Physics, Technical University of Lodz. 

"Ultrathin ambipolar organic field effect transistors."

Since 1994 professor at Lodz University of Technology in Lodz, Poland; since 2001 full professor; since 1999 Head of the established by him Department of Molecular Physics.

Research: physical properties of polymers, molecular crystals, composites and nanocomposites, hydrogels; molecular relaxations, phase transitions, intermolecular interactions, transport of energy and charges. Developing of new materials and new processing techniques (like reticulate doping or zone-casting) for organic opto-electronic devices; construction and characterisation of OFETs, OLEDs, photovoltaics, photodiodes.

Supervisor of 21 PhD thesis, author and co-author of over 220 papers and monographs, many patents and over 100 lectures at international conferences.






Prof. Leonas Valkunas, Head of the Department of Molecular Compounds Physics at the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology in Vilnius.

"Exciton-exciton annihilation and relaxation pathways in semoconducting carbon nanotubes."

Professor and chair of Theoretical Physics at Vilnius university, head of the Department of Molecular Compounds Physics at the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology in Vilnius. He graduated from Faculty of Physics of Vilnius university after studies at this university and at Kiev university, recieved his PhD in 1976 and fulfillled his habilitation in 1986. His scientific activities are mainly related to theoretical desciption of the coherent processes in spectroscopy and modeling of the excitation dynamics, relaxation processes and self-regulation ability of molecular complexes of biological and artificial origin.





Confirmed Invited Speakers  

  • Prof. Joseph Zyss, ENS, Cachan.