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Heterogeneous quantum rod and quantum dot nanomaterials, towards a novel generation of photonic devices

Objective

Recent progress in the fabrication of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals has led to a wide range of quantum dots with a high oscillator strength, photoluminescence efficiency and size-tunable emission spectrum. The present proposal ‘Heterogeneous quantum rod and quantum dot nanomaterials’ aims at a comprehensive research and training program on the opto-electronic properties of heterostructured nanomaterials based on quantum rod and dot building blocks. More specifically, we will study quantum dot molecules, binary quantum dot solids, superstructures of aligned quantum rods and hybrid organic/inorganic systems with specific band alignment (type II heterostructures). The optical properties of these systems, e.g. polarizability, exciton lifetime and emission spectrum are determined by the delocalized, indirect nature of the exciton; while optical anisotropy can be achieved by alignment of quantum rods. Such systems can exhibit a large Stokes shift, enhanced nonlinear refraction, and an absorbance and emission spectrum that can be tailored by the architecture of the superstructure and external fields. This forms a direct route to applications of these materials in optimizing light sources and realizing fast and compact optical modulators and switches. The proposed training and research program is based on three research lines, synthesis and processing, characterization and modeling, and manipulation and application. With this program, we form researchers that can cope with the complex, multidisciplinary problems that the European opto-electronic industry will face in the implementation of nanotechnology and nanophotonics.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nanophotonics
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials/nanocrystal
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/semiconductor
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2007-1-1-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 761 256
Administrative Contact
Herminia Erasmo (Ms.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 591 985
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
IBM RESEARCH GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 417 093
Address
Saeumerstrasse 4
8803 Rueschlikon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rainer Mahrt (Dr.)
YNCREA HAUTS DE FRANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 449 051
Address
2 Rue Norbert Segard
59046 Lille Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christophe Delerue (Dr.)
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 203 685
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christine Van Houtven (Ms.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 203 685
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marion Wolpers (Ms.)
PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 183 953
Address
High Tech Campus 52
5656 AG Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Keur (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND
Germany
EU contribution
€ 398 104
Address
August Schmidt Strasse 4
44227 Dortmund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Detlef Niehage (Mr.)