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Low Cost Approaches to Functional Materials and Devices: The road to R2R Printed Self-Assembly of Nanoparticles and Flexible Silicon
Ghassan E. Jabbour
Department of Electrical Engineering
University of Ottawa

Abstract: Perhaps some of the most important and urgent Grand Challenges facing the inhabitants of this earth which need our immediate attention are: 1) Energy, 2) Water, and 3) Food Resources. Although the intention was not to place “energy” as the top challenge, in many respects the latter two cannot be addressed successfully on a wider and more accessible scale without low cost and low power consumption approaches to their production. One of our research themes focuses on developing and implementing environmentally friendly processing and device testing approaches. The target is to realize sustainable development and manufacturing of multi-scale functional materials, devices and systems, for applications in areas including, but not limited to, power generation, solid-state-lighting, energy conversion and storage, and light weight alloys. Throughout the research, efforts are made to eliminate as many energy-demanding processing steps as possible, without sacrificing device performance or materials specifications. In this venue, I will review our advances on two of our research topics aiming at preparing the foundational work for their low-cost R2R manufacturing: 1) Reactive Printing Fabrication of self-assembled nanoparticles and quantum dots, and 2) Melt spinning approach to flexible silicon substrates.

Bio: Dr. Ghassan E. Jabbour is the Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Advanced Materials and Devices and professor of Electrical Engineering at uOttawa. Prof. Jabbour spent the last 14 years building research and development centers of excellence from the ground up. He was the Founding Director of the Solar and Photovolatic Engineering Center, Named Professor of Materials Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering at KAUST. Dr. Jabbour was one of the founding PIs for the Flexible Display Center (FDC) at Arizona State University (ASU), the Director of Flexible and Organic Electronics Development at FDC, Director of Advanced Photovoltaics Center (ASU), and a Professor of the School of Materials (ASU). Prof. Jabbour has many distinguished honors and awards including: 1) SPIE Fellow (youngest fellow the year of the award), 2) Fellow of European Optical Society, 3) Distinguished Professor of Finland-Academy of Finland, 4) Al-Rawabi Endowed Research Chair Professor (only one at KAUST at the time), 5) Numerous keynote, plenary, seminars, and invited talks (more than 580) at national and international scientific conferences, universities and companies, roadmap meetings and workshops, 6) Invited to attend the dinner for the Millennium Award Ceremony (2010 and 2012) in Helsinki, Finland, 7) An MRS Symposium X speaker, 8) and Best Poster (2 posters) Award at the USA National Academy of Engineering 2006/the Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Moreover, Prof. Jabbour was the only academic invited to speak at the United States of America’s 2006 Senate Science and Technology Caucus on Advancing Energy Efficiency. Professor Jabbour has been the Chair/Co-Chair/Committee Member/Session Chair of more than 230 leading conferences. In the last 16 years, Prof. Jabbour raised more than $540 million in competitive research funding as PI, Co-PI, and collaborator. His research and development advances have been highlighted in numerous international journals, magazines and newspapers, including Chemical and Engineering News, Angewandte Chemie, Nature, Nature Photonics, Science, Scientific Reports (Nature), IEEE, Advanced Materials, MIT Technology Review, MRS Bulletin, USA Today, PC Magazine, LA Times, Boston Globe, Wired, Financial Times London, NSF website on 'Technological Challenges for Flexible, Light-weight, Low-cost Scalable Electronics and Photonics', and NSF 2005 Year of Physics, to mention a few. Prof. Jabbour is on the Editorial Board of the Light: Science & Applications (Nature Publishing Group), Associate Editor of 3D Printing in Medicine (Nature-Springer) and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Display Technology.

Here's the web page of Prof. Jabbour.

Cette conférence est présentée par le RQMP Versant Nord du Département de physique de l'Université de Montréal et de Génie physique de la Polytechnique.

Low Cost Approaches to Functional Materials and Devices - Ghassan E. Jabbour (University of Ottawa)