The Holweck medal and prize is a bilateral award presented jointly by the Institute of Physics and the French Physical Society. Professor Isabelle Ledoux-Rak from France is the winner of the 2015 Holweck Prize. Traditionally the award is preceded by a lecture given by the award winner. The programme for the evening are as follows:
Registration: 4.45 pm
Lecture 5.15 pm
Drinks reception 6.15-7.00 pm
Multi-scale molecular engineering for nonlinear molecular photonics
Isabelle Ledoux-Rak, Laboratoire de Photonique Quantique et Moléculaire, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France
The emergence of molecular photonics at the cross-roads of physics, chemistry and device engineering has being triggered by increasing demand in various fields such as high bitrate telecommunications, sensors, and bio-imaging. The wealth of molecular structures and the exploitation of their functional and structural flexibility opens-up new, exciting horizons for this area of research. Designing highly efficient molecules with optimised photonic properties remains a major challenge after 50 years of continuous development, based on fruitful and interdisciplinary cooperation between chemists and physicists.
In this lecture, the principles of molecular engineering for quadratic nonlinear optics will be discussed, with an emphasis on metal complexes and lanthanide derivatives, on nonlinear optical characterization methods. This will be followed by a review of intermolecular interactions and various orientation methods, in order to bridge the gap between molecules to materials, towards a wide range of applications. Finally, perspectives will be provided on molecular photonics towards device–rel