Canada Research Chair in Printed Hybrid Optoelectronic Materials and Devices
The objective of the Canada Research Chair in Printed Hybrid Optoelectronic Materials and Devices is to develop an entirely new class of low-cost hybrid optoelectronic nanomaterials that can be integrated into relatively simple device architectures. In recent years, nanotechnologies have revolutionized the way we think about materials and provided us with the means to modify their fundamental properties by altering their structure at the nanometric scale.
Historically, the majority of significant technological advances have come from breakthroughs related to the properties of materials. The perspective of increased understanding and greater control over these properties is very promising. In fact, nanotechnologies have already transformed our lives by providing us with new generations of materials with astonishing mechanical properties.
Producing universal electronic devices through additive fabrication
Our research enables us to design printable materials, along with innovative and affordable devices, for a vast range of applications, including energy harvesting and portable sensors.
The goal of the Chair is to develop a range of materials targeting solutions that can produce an extensive line of solar- and electric-powered optoelectronic devices:
- Solar cells
- Electroluminescent diodes
- Thermoelectric converters
- Conducting paints
Chairholder Sylvain Cloutier and his research team also focus their attention on printing processes and integrating these new systems of materials into affordable optoelectronic devices with nearly infinite applications.
Areas of research
Thanks to nanotechnologies, ÉTS researchers have taken great strides forward in the development of more-efficient and less-expensive optoelectronic materials. In addition to demonstrating that nanomaterials can be used for real-world practical applications with better performance/cost ratios, they have also developed new fabrication and characterization tools for studying optoelectronic materials. Areas of research include the following:
- Better-controlled synthetic routes
- Large-scale top-down and bottom-up fabrication at low cost
Characterization of structural and optoelectronic properties
- Development of more precise tools
- Contact-free 3D micro-spectroscopy techniques
- In operando analysis
- Light-emitting diodes
- Photovoltaic devices / solar cells
An expert in nanotechnologies and optoelectronic materials, Sylvain Cloutier has been a Professor at École de technologie supérieure since 2011.
After earning his Ph.D. from Brown University in 2006, he took a position as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Delaware. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 published articles in international journals, and has presented his findings at numerous conferences.
Professor Cloutier has more than a dozen major research projects in the United States and Canada, and regularly acts as an examiner for the following organizations:
- The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC);
- The Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) (FRQNT);
- The National Science Foundation (NSF);
- The Department of Energy (DOE) in the United States.
In 2006, he earned the Outstanding Thesis Award from the School of Engineering at Brown University, and in 2009, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) presented him with the prestigious Young Faculty Award, a major research grant that is awarded to the most promising young researchers.
Sylvain Cloutier is an adjunct faculty member at University of Delaware, a member of the editorial board for Semiconductor Science & Technology and a Member of the Royal Society of Canada College.
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
- Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL)
- Quebec Centre for Advanced Materials (QCAM)
- NanoQAM (UQAM)
- Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ)
- Institut national de recherche scientifique – Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre (INRS-EMT)
Sylvain G. Cloutier, Chairholder
Professor, Electrical Engineering Department
École de technologie supérieure
1100, Notre-Dame Street West
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