MEMS Seminar: Switchable optical materials from metal oxide nanocrystals
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Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - 12:00pm
Dynamic control over light has myriad applications from telecommunications to chemical sensing and therapeutics. Modulating interaction of materials with infrared light is useful for energy applications, like smart windows and active cooling, applications that require materials at scale. I will discuss two distinct strategies for modulating visible and infrared light with materials crafted from colloidal metal oxide nanocrystals. One approach involves reversible structural reorganization of gel networks, where plasmonic coupling in the assemblies strongly modifies the infrared absorption. Here, the building blocks are tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) nanocrystals with synthetically tunable plasmonic absorption spectra. A second approach involves reversible electrochemical charging of transition metal oxide nanocrystals (tungsten and niobium oxides). Charging results in strong absorption of either visible or infrared light