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Friday, April 13, 2018 - 12:00pm
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Pierce 209, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge

SEAS Special Seminar: Ted Sargent

"Engineered Nanomaterials and Devices for Light Sensing, Optical Sources, and Energy Sources" with Ted Sargent, University of Toronto.

Abstract: Innovations in materials chemistry have enabled impressive control over size, monodispersity, shape, and surface chemistry of nanoparticles, including colloidal quantum dots, reduced-dimensional perovskites, and metal nanoparticles. I will discuss advances in photodetectors and infrared cameras (including the story of InVisage Technologies), solar cells and light emitters, and CO2 reduction electrocatalysts built using control at the nanoscale in such materials.

Bio: Professor Sargent is a distinguished researcher and holds the rank of University Professor in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology, and is founder and CTO of InVisage Technologies and a co-founder of Xagenic. Professor Sargent’s research interests cover many areas of nanotechnology and its application to communications and computing, medicine, and tapping new energy sources. His research has been cited more than 16,000 times and has been disseminated in Nature, Science, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Chemistry and Nature Photonics. His book The Dance of Molecules: How Nanotechnology is Changing Our Lives (Penguin) was published in Canada and the United States in 2005 and has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, and Arabic. Professor Sargent is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “...for distinguished contributions to the development of solar cells and light sensors based on solution-processed semiconductors;” and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers “... for contributions to colloidal quantum dot optoelectronic devices.” He is Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering for “…ground-breaking research in nanotechnology, applying novel quantum-tuned materials to the realization of full-spectrum solar cells and ultra sensitive light detectors. The impact of his work has been felt in industry through his formation of two start-up companies." Professor Sargent received the B.Sc.Eng. (Engineering Physics) from Queen's University in 1995 and the Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Photonics) from the University of Toronto in 1998. He was appointed Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Toronto in 1998; was appointed Associated Professor in 2002; was appointed Full Professor in 2005; and was most recently the Vice-Dean, Research for the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

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