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Institute Lecture on 'Semiconductor Nanowires for Optoelectronics and Energy Applications’

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay organised a lecture in "Professor C.N.R. Rao Lecture Series on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology" on Thursday, January 18, 2017. The lecture on “Semiconductor Nanowires for Optoelectronics and Energy Applications” was delivered by Prof. Chennupati Jagdish, Professor, Australian National University.

Professor Jagdish is a Distinguished Professor and Head of Semiconductor Optoelectronics and Nanotechnology Group in the Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University.  He is also serving as Director of Australian National Fabrication Facility, ACT node, Convener of Australian Nanotechnology Network.  He has served as Vice-President and Secretary, Physical Sciences of the Australian Academy of Science during 2012-2016.  He is currently serving as President of IEEE Photonics Society, President of Australian Materials Research Society. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, The World Academy of Sciences, US National Academy of Inventors and Indian National Science Academy (Foreign Fellow). He has published more than 870 research papers (600 journal papers), and holds 5 US patents. 

Below is a brief abstract of the lecture:

Semiconductors have played an important role in the development of information and Communications technology, solar cells, solid state lighting. Nanowires are considered as building blocks for the next generation electronics and optoelectronics. 

In this talk, Prof Jagdish  introduced about  the importance of nanowires and their potential applications and discussed about how these nanowires can be synthesized and how the shape, size and composition of the nanowires influence their structural and optical properties. He presented results on axial and radial heterostructures and how one can engineer the optical properties to obtain high performance lasers, THz detectors and solar cells. Future prospects of the semiconductor nanowires were also discussed.