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Seminar: "Polymers and nanoengineered materials for optoelectronic applications" by Jayan Thomas

Friday, February 23, 2018 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
CREOL Room 103

Video Recording of Presentation

Jayan Thomas


Photorefractive polymer devices developed from photoconducting polymers and nonlinear optical materials offer the advantage of recording dynamic holograms without the need of processing of any kind. Thus, they are the materials of choice for many cutting-edge applications including refreshable three-dimensional (3D) displays and 3D telepresence. Using photorefractive polymers, 3D images can be seen with the unassisted eye and are very similar to how humans perceive the real-world environment. In the first part of my talk, I will discuss the photorefractive polymers developed in our lab as a recording medium for refreshable holographic displays.

Currently, wearable electronic devices attract considerable attention and represent a paradigm change in consumer electronics, on-body sensing, artificial skins, and wearable communication and entertainment systems. Integration of these wearable devices to textiles, eyeglasses, and watches, or implanted directly into the body, have the advantage of real-time monitoring and eliminates the requirement for distinct carriage. Since all these electronic devices require energy to operate, wearable energy devices are an integral part of wearable devices. The second part of my presentation will focus on our recent initiative in the direction of developing wearable solar cells integrated with energy storage devices.


Jayan Thomas is an Associate Professor at the NanoScience Technology Center with joint appointments in the College of Optics and Photonics and the Department Materials Science and Engineering of the University of Central Florida (UCF). After his Ph. D. in Optical Materials from the Cochin University of Science and Technology in India, he worked as a research faculty in the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona until 2011. He moved to UCF in 2011 and currently directs the Nano Energy-Photonics research lab. He has published more than 100 scientific papers. Also, many national and international media including Reuters, Nature news, Huffington post, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Fox News, USA Today and American Institute of Physics (Inside Science) have featured his research. He has been awarded the prestigious R&D100 award in 2015, NSF CAREER award in 2014 and the Veeco award for nanotechnology innovations in 2010. He was also a finalist of the World Technology Network award sponsored by TIME and FORTUNE magazines in 2014. In addition, he has been awarded UCF's Excellence in Research award in 2014 and “Reach for the Stars Award” in 2016. He has eight issued/pending patents and a co-founder of two companies.

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