From 25th to 27th of April, the whole PULSE-COM consortium was in Prague (Czech Republic) to conduct its final workshop, presenting the main results obtained on this FET-OPEN project. Inside the SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics 2023 conference (https://spie.org/conferences-and-exhibitions/optics-and-optoelectronics), a dedicated sessions called “Smart Materials for Opto-Electronic Applications” had been organised in which the workshop had taken place. Overall, it had been the occasion to hear research advancements and findings from 4 plenary presentations, 4 keynote presentations, 19 invited papers, 7 regular presentations and 10 posters. All these presentations had been chaired by Ivo Rendina (CNR), Lucia Petti (CNR), Domenico Sagnelli (CNR) and Giuseppe Nenna (ENEA).
Regarding the workshop itself, Lucia Petti, the PULSE-COM coordinator, opened the session with a general introduction on the project. Then, Francesco Simoni, one of our Advisory Board members made a presentation on “Heliconical cholesteric liquid crystals as advanced optoelectronic materials”. Domenico Sagnelli made a presentation on the optimization of the PMP films’ preparation and mechanical properties using ZnO nanoparticles as dopant. Gustavo Ardila (Université Grenoble Alpes) described the role of size and semiconducting properties of ZnO nanowires based piezoelectric energy transducers. Jolan Gauthier (Cedrat Technologies) illustrated the main proof of concept developed in the project through a new range of light driven actuation devices. Maciej Haras (Warsaw Univ. of Technology) made a projection of the use of the technology developed in the PULSE-COM project to address energy harvesting applications. The morning ended with a round table managed by Giuseppe Nenna, who opened the discussion with the audience.
In the afternoon, Wojciech Andrysiewicz (CBRTP) presented the use of Photo-mobile polymers in energy harvesting applications under simulated solar light. Then Fulvia Villani (ENEA) talked about an alternative way of growing ZnO nanowires on flexible substrates using printers depositing ZnO nanoparticle. Anna De Girolamo Del Mauro (ENEA) focalised her talk on the visible photomobile response of azobenzene-based polymer/carbon black films. Finally, Bogdan Sava (INFLPR) presented a work made with Dumitru Ulieru (SITEX 45) where they compared the analysis of 2D photonic crystals applications based on specific modelling/simulation results.
All the work associated to these presentations are included in the Proceeding of the conference under the conference code 12584 (https://www.spiedigitallibrary.org/conference-proceedings-of-spie/12584.toc).
This event was not only presentations, articles, or posters but also some interesting encounters and probably future collaborations.
Figure 1: Most of the PULSE-COM team in the SPIE Optics + Optoelectronics conference in April 2023.