Australasian Community for Advanced Organic Semiconductors (AUCAOS) Symposium 2018

Hahndorf, South Australia

Arrival (resort check-in): Sunday 2nd December
Symposium: Monday 3rd December – Wednesday 5th December 2018

Keynote speaker:
Professor Chihaya Adachi (Kyushu University)

The symposium will bring together the AUCAOS members and will be an exciting forum for discussing the latest developments in computation/theory, the chemistry of new materials including, processing, film morphology, and spectroscopy, as well as device physics, and device fabrication / manufacturing / testing.


Abstracts may still be submitted for consideration for poster presentations.

Notifications of acceptance are expected to be sent out early August.

Submit abstract here

Merck 2018 Travel Grant Award

If you are either a PhD student or an early career researcher, you may be eligible to enter the Merck competition to win up to $1,800 towards your travel expenses. Apply today.


Places are limited, so you are advised to register as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment. Registration closes 28th September 2018 – or earlier should we reach maximum capacity in advance of this date.

The early bird registration cost is $250 for a student and $350 for a non-student. This includes morning & afternoon tea and an evening meal on the Monday and Tuesday, as well as morning tea & lunch on the Wednesday. Please note that the registration payment is required to confirm attendance and is non-refundable.

The registration fee does not cover accommodation. Please see below for further details regarding accommodation.

ACAP Members

Please do not register using the below link if you are an ACAP (Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics) member.
Instead, please contact r[dot]kembery[at]uq[dot]edu[dot]au who will provide further advice regarding the registration procedure for ACAP members.

Register now


Venue: Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, 145A Mount Barker Road, Hahndorf, South Australia.

Please note that you will not be able to book accommodation for the Symposium dates using the resort’s website. Instead, you will need to phone the reservations team on 08 8388 7921. There are a limited number of rooms at the resort, so please book early in order to avoid disappointment.

Check-in will be between 2pm and 5.30pm on Sunday 2nd December.

If you require a later check-in than 5.30pm, please let the resort reservations team know your estimated time of arrival when you call them to book. Appropriate late-check arrangements can then be made.

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Symposium Sponsors





A New Member in Diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) Family- Naphthalene Flanked DPP for Organic Electronics Reported by QUT Researchers

DPP is a well-known and recently widely studied promising conjugated building block for designing new high performance donor–acceptor-based functional organic semiconductors for both organic field effect transistor (OFET) and organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices. Flanking groups such as phenylene, thiophen, furan, pyridine, thiazole substituted DPP’s have been reported earlier with impressive performance in both OFET and OPV devices. A new addition of naphthalene flanked DPP organic semiconductor synthesis in the series has been reported by A/Prof Prashant Sonar and his team from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in the current work. Due to the structural novelty and its promising performance in solution processable OFET devices, it has been featured on the cover page of New Journal of Chemistry.

Here is the link for further details-

New Low Cost Hole Transporting Material for Stable Perovskite Solar Cells

In this paper, highly efficient and humidity‐resistant perovskite solar cells (PSCs) using two new small molecule hole transporting materials (HTM) made from a cost‐effective precursor anthanthrone (ANT) dye are reported by Associate Prof. Sonar from QUT and his co-workers. This breakthrough paves the way for development of new inexpensive, more stable, and highly efficient ANT core based lower cost HTMs for cost‐effective, conventional, and printable PSCs.

This is reported by Hong Duc Pham, Thu Trang Do, Jinhyun Kim, Cecile Charbonneau, Sergei Manzhos, Krishna Feron, Wing Chung Tsoi, James R. Durrant, Sagar M. Jain, and Prashant Sonar in the article

The research conducted between QUT and Swansea University has been highlighted as a video abstract in Advanced Energy Materials (IF- 16.72) and this can be seen on the following portal.

Powerful combination of deuteration and neutron scattering used to characterise structure of molecules on surface of nanoparticles

Chemical deuteration at ANSTO’s National Deuteration Facility (NDF) was combined with small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and molecular simulations for the first time to create three dimensional models of ligand shells of nanoparticles including gold, silver and copper. The research lead by scientists from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in collaboration with the National Deuteration Facility of ANSTO, the University of Trieste, , Paul Scherer Institute, Jülich Centre for Neutron Science, Adolphe Merkle Institute, and European Molecular Biology Laboratory has been published this week in Nature Communications. Dr Tamim Darwish (NDF), a member of AUCAOS, who leads the deuteration work in this study, was among the authors of the paper. More details can be found on the link below.

Counter Improvised Threats Grand Challenge

Dr Paul Shaw and Professor Paul Burn of the Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics – The University of Queensland, in collaboration with the Defence Science Technology Group, have been awarded funding to develop technology to counter the ever-growing incidence of improvised threats. Over 200 proposals were submitted to the Grand Challenge, with 13 funded to support collaborative research programs across 26 different organisations. The program awarded to the COPE team builds on the intellectual property and knowhow that has gone into the development of Arbsense, which is currently being commercialised by Arborescent 2 Ltd (

Further information:

Professor Paul Burn Wins Global Award

Professor Paul Burn, ARC Laureate Fellow and Head of the Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at The University of Queensland has been awarded a prestigious Helmholtz International Fellowship.
The Helmholtz International Fellowships are awarded to scientists “who have excelled in extraordinary ways in research fields that are central to the work of the Helmholtz Association”. They aim to build research collaboration and the Fellows “also act as ambassadors between the institutions and the Helmholtz Association”.
The Fellowship provides support for the collaboration between Professor Burn and Dr Alexander Colsmann at the Light Technology Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

For further information see:

AUCAOS Expands

The AUCAOS committee is delighted to announce the community’s name change to the Australasian Community for Advanced Organic Semiconductors, with the aim to include colleagues from neighbouring countries from the region. The community also has a new logo to reflect the expansion, which can be up-dated as new members join.

AUCAOS symposium 2017

Around 70 delegates from around Australia and NZ attended the inaugral AUCAOS symposium at Kingscliff.

The talks covered a wide range of topics – from theory and computation to devices and everything in between, with applications from organic light-emitting diodes to solar cells and single molecule devices.

The symposium had two excellent Keynote talks from Scott Watkins and Justin Hodgkiss as well as a vibrant poster session on the Monday evening.

The relaxed setting enabled discussions between delegates and opportunity to build new research partnerships.

The success of the program was built on the generous support of our sponsors (Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics (ACAP), SCITEK Australia Pty Ltd, John Morris Group, AINSE, 1 Material, Ossila and NPJ Flexible Electronics) and we thank them again for their kind contribution.

The 2018 symposium is planned for early December and will be in South Australia – keep an eye out for details in the New Year.

AUCAOS Members in ARENA Grant Success

Assoc. Prof. Chris McNeill (Monash University), Prof. Mats Anderson (Flinders University) and Dr Nikos Kopidakis (Macquarie University) have been awarded $840,000 from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to develop efficient and stable all-polymer solar cells. The project – which is led out of Monash University – will accelerate the development of new materials through rapid screening of new polymers with time-resolved microwave conductivity. A particular focus will be placed on materials that are not only stable, but also scalable, with all cells to be prepared using printing processes to enable rapid upscaling to roll-to-roll processing.

For further information please visit

AUCAOS member wins Young Tall Poppy Science Award

Dr. Nadim Darwish has been recognised as one of Western Australia’s best young scientists at the State ceremony of the prestigious Young Tall Poppy Science Awards. The awards are run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS) to honour up-and-coming scientists who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science.