Online Seminar Announcement: Wednesday 10 March 2021

Due to the cancellation of many scientific conferences, the AUCAOS committee is pleased to announce an online seminar series. We intend to run seminars on the first Wednesday of every month until normal conferences can resume.

Date: Wednesday 10 March 2021

1pm in QLD
2pm in NSW, ACT, Vic and Tas
11am in WA
12:30pm in NT
1:30pm in SA
4pm in New Zealand

Click this link to join the meeting:

Seminar schedule
Each talk is 20 minutes duration followed by approximately 5 minutes for questions and discussion.

Time (QLD time, adjust as needed): Presentation:
1:00 – 1:25pm N-Heterocyclic Carbene Platinum(II) Dialkynyl Complexes – A New Class of Highly Tunable and Efficient Emitter Systems

Assoc. Prof. Koushik Venkatesan
Macquarie University

New and efficient light-emitting materials are required for a broad range of potential applications in the fields of sensors, storage, photoelectronic devices, and optical devices. Extensive investigations on transition metal complexes as triplet emitters for application in phosphorescent organic light emitting devices (PhOLEDs) have been carried out. Metal complexes with specific ligand environment allow to tailor the luminescent properties in a precise fashion for a specific application. Achieving high stability, high quantum efficiency and specific chromaticity remains a major challenge in this field. Recently, our group has demonstrated a series of highly emissive platinum(II) complexes bearing N-heterocyclic carbene ligands with promising photophysical properties. Further building on this work, we have developed new series of small molecules and investigated their detailed luminescent properties. Selected molecules that have been fabricated into devices show high potential for applications in light emitting devices.

1:25 – 1:50pm Classification of Coherent Enhancements of Light-Harvesting Processes

Assoc. Prof. Ivan Kassal
The University of Sydney

Several kinds of coherence have recently been shown to affect the performance of light-harvesting systems, in some cases significantly improving their efficiency. Recently, we classified the possible mechanisms of coherent efficiency enhancements [1], based on the types of coherence that can characterize a light-harvesting system and the types of processes these coherences can affect. We show that enhancements are possible only when coherences and dissipative effects are best described in different bases of states. In addition, our classification allows us to predict a previously unreported coherent enhancement mechanism.

I will discuss the implications of this classification for the field of organic photovoltaics. Several coherent mechanisms have been proposed for boosting OPV efficiency, but most of them are impossible. A few manifestations of coherence may matter, including one that we are confident plays a big role in OPV performance [2].

[1] Stefano Tomasi and Ivan Kassal, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2020, 11, 2348–2355.

[2] Daniel Balzer, Thijs J.A.M. Smolders, David Blyth, Samantha N. Hood, and Ivan Kassal, Chem. Sci. doi:10.1039/D0SC04116E (2021).

1:50 – 2:00pm Open discussion


During the seminar:

  • Please keep your microphone muted unless you are speaking. This is to reduce the background noise and avoid disrupting the presenter.
  • You will be automatically muted when you join the virtual meeting room. To speak, you will need to unmute yourself by using the audio controls in the lower left of the Zoom window.
  • If you have not used Zoom before, then it is recommended that you join 5 minutes before the starting time to ensure that you have your software set up correctly.

Please be aware that the talks will be recorded and posted on the AUCAOS website.

Previous seminars

Previous seminars can be viewed here:

Call for abstracts

Seminars are held on the first Wednesday of each month.

In the spirit of building a community in these challenging times, you are encouraged to give a talk. Do you have a talk that you would have given at a conference that was cancelled? Please consider adapting that talk for this format.

Submit abstract by email to bronson[dot]philippa[at]jcu[dot]edu[dot]au.