Kobe International Conference Center, Kobe, Japan December 14-16, 2016
Sessions and Invited Speakers
Session 1: Fundamentals of organic and molecular devices: Characterization and device physics
<Scope> This session focuses on fundamental aspects of organic and molecular devices. Experimental and theoretical approaches toward deep understanding of physics in organic semiconducting materials as well as in organic and molecular devices will be discussed. This session also includes development of characterization methods such as scanning probe microscopy, structural analysis, and optical, electrical, and magnetic spectroscopies.

Invited speakers
Karl Leo (TU Dresden, Germany)
"Organic semiconductors: from materials design to device applications"

Hisao Ishii (Chiba University, Japan)
"Bulk and Interfacial Electronic Structures of Organic Semiconductors Studied by Photoemission-Related Techniques: Energy Level Alignment, Gap States, and Carrier States" (tentative)

Shu Seki (Kyoto University, Japan)
"Combined Electromagnetic Spectroscopy: a Unique Non-Contact Technique Probing Charge Carrier Transport at Interfaces of Organic Semiconductor Devices"
Session 2: Energy harvesting materials and Devices
<Scope> Recent research trends have witnessed a boom in the research and development of sustainable energy harvesting materials and devices to circumvent the future energy demands. This session covers energy harvesting technologies based on the organic materials. Papers are solicited (but are not limited) in the following areas:
- Thermoelectric, Piezoelectric, and Photovoltaic devices
- New materials for energy harvesting
- Low energy consumption devices
- Energy storage devices

Invited speakers
Byungwoo Park (Seoul National University, Korea)
"Nanoscale Control for Next-Generation Photovoltaics"

Takaya Kubo (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
"Organic Inorganic Hybrid Solar Cells based on Colloidal Quantum Dots Towards High-Efficiency Near-Infrared Photovoltaics"

Masakazu Nakamura (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)
"Giant Seebeck Effect in Organic Semiconductors - Toward Revolutionary Simple Thermoelectric Generators"
Session 3: Molecular photonics and nanophotonics
<Scope> Discussion on the photonic technologies based on organic molecular materials and nanophotonics structures including:
- Electro-optic materials and devices
- THz generation and detection
- Nonlinear optical materials and devices;
- Emission characteristics of molecular materials;
- Photorefractive materials and devices;
- Photochromic materials;
- Applications of photonic crystals and plasmonic structures to molecular photonics;
- etc.

Invited speakers
Christoph Peter Hauri (Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland)
"A versatile laser-driven THz source based on organic crystals for spectroscopic and nonlinear THz applications."

Okihiro Sugihara (Utsunomiya University)
"Chip-level optical interconnection using high performance photonic polymers"

Hisao Yanagi (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)
"Optically pumped lasing from single-crystal micro cavities of oligomeric and hybrid materials"
Session 4: Organic semiconductor devices and applications
<Scope> This field covers organic semiconductor materials, and characterization toward realistic and practical applications of organic devices. Papers are solicited (but are not limited) in the following areas:
- Organic transistors and circuits;
- Organic light emitting devices;
- Photodetectors, and photovoltaic devices;
- Chemical sensors and gas sensors;
- Electrical and optical characterization of organic devices;
- Fabrication and characterization of organic devices;
- etc.

Invited Speakers
Eric Wei-Guang Diau (National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan)
"Mesoscopic Tin-rich Mixed-halide Perovskite Solar Cells with Carbon Counter Electrode"

Kenjiro Fukuda (RIKEN, Japan)
"Printed Integrated Circuits with Ultimate Thinness"

Hironori Kaji (Kyoto University)
"Recently-Developed Highly Efficient Organic LEDs: Molecular Design and Analysis of Devices" (tentative)
Session 5: Soft material physics and applications in electronics
Discussion on physics of soft materials encompassing from interfacial molecular dynamics to molecular orientation induced changes such as phase transitions and energy changes in bulk as well as at interfaces assisted by external stimuli (mechanical, electrical , optical , heat stress, etc) aiming towards their electronic applications.
Apart from this, it includes the properties and functions of advanced soft materials for their potential applications like liquid crystal devices, flexible devices, printed electronics and actuators etc.

Invited Speakers
Sandeep Kumar (Raman Research Institute, India)
"Discotic Liquid Crystals: Past, Present and Future"

Yoshiaki Uchida (Osaka University)
"Nanosheet Synthesis in Hyperswollen Lyotropic Lamellar Phase"

Tetsuya Yamamoto (Nagoya University, Japan)
"Transcription driven phase separation in chromatin brush"
Session 6: Bioelectronics and nanointerface fabrication
<Scope> Interdisciplinary studies on bio-mimetics and nano-structures using organic / bio-molecules on interfaces will be discussed. Topics related to the following keywords are also covered in this session.
- Cooperative behaviors of biological molecules / organic molecules
- Bottom-up nano-structures (1D, 2D, and 3D) fabricated with biological / organic molecules
- Bio-nanotechnology and novel biomaterials for sophisticated electronics
- Surface modification / functionalization for biological or organic molecules
- Sensing and analytical techniques for / using biomolecules

Invited Speakers
Benjamin Grevin (CNRS, France)
"Advanced nc-AFM/KPFM investigations of functional π-conjugated self-assemblies"

Toyokazu Yamada (Chiba University, Japan)
"STM molecular architecting using single atoms, single molecules, and graphene nanoribbons" (tentative)

Tomohiro Hayashi (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
"Exploring molecular processes at biointerfaces by scanning probe microscopy"