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Emerging Technologies 2018 Session Listing

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Session P1: Plenary I

Start Time: 08:30, Wednesday, May 09
Room: Mt. Currie North
Chaired by André Ivanov, University of British Columbia (

  • 8:30 Mina Rais-Zadeh, University of Michigan (

    Microsensors and systems for missions to hot planets

    Harsh environments are abundant in the Solar System and the ability of technology to survive in extreme temperatures is limited. Specifically, Venus is a terrestrial planet with similarities to Earth and exploring how climate and geology work on Venus could potentially provide a deeper understanding of the processes at work in our own environment. As such, there is an increasing interest in exploring such hot planets but so far, the missions to these extreme environments have been very limited in scope and duration mainly due to unavailability of sensors and readout electronics that can survive the extreme environments of the planet. To enable low-cost and long- lasting planetary exploration missions to hot planets, we are developing a sensor technology platform that is temperature and radiation tolerant using gallium nitride MEMS technology. In this talk I will discuss our devices in more detail and show our recent results.

  • 9:00 Sorin Voinigescu, University of Toronto (

    Silicon device and circuit scaling to the end of the ITRS 2030 time Horizon and natural Evolution into Si QC at the Atomic Scale

  • 9:30 Matteo Rinaldi, Northeastern University (

    Zero-power infrared digitizers based on plasmonically enhanced micromechanical photoswitches

  • 10:00 COFFEE BREAK (Mt. Curie Foyer, Sutcliffe Foyer)


  • 10:30 Drew Evans, University of South Australia (

    Emergence of organic electronic devices

    Organic electronic devices represent a transition in product development, as new materials and manufacturing lead to devices that are lighter in weight, (semi) flexible, and offer new functionality. At the heart of these are new materials such as polymers that conduct electricity. These so called conducting polymers offer several key advantages over their inorganic counterparts, such as mechanical flexibility, transparency, and material abundance, which can enable low-cost fabrication and novel applications such as printed and flexible electronics. The conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene), PEDOT, is one material which displays (among others) high electrical conductivity, enhanced thermal conductivity, good electrocatalytic performance, as well as thermoelectric behaviour. Importantly, conducting polymers such as PEDOT interface the electrical devices with chemical and biological systems. This talk will overview some of the recent advances being made in this area, developing new technology to tackle global challenges.

  • 11:00 Rob Aitken, ARM (

    What is ahead in 2018?

  • 11:30 Federico Rosei, INRS (

    Multifunctional materials for emerging technologies

    As the age of fossil fuels is coming to an end, now more than ever there is the need for more efficient and sustainable renewable energy technologies. This presentation will give an overview on recent developments in solar technologies that may address, in part the energy challenge. In particular, nanostructured materials synthesized via the bottom—up approach present an opportunity for future generation low cost manufacturing of devices [1]. We demonstrate various multifunctional materials, namely materials that exhibit more than one functionality, and structure/property relationships in such systems, including new strategies for the synthesis of multifunctional nanoscale materials to be used for applications electronics and photovoltaics [2-30].


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