Engineering optoelectronic materials for energy and health

How do we engineer optoelectrical materials for the future? And can these be used for sustainable health and energy systems?

This is a main driving force through technological époques, as we work to discover new, more efficient, materials.

For instance, the Silicon age has enabled much of the technology that powers our smartphones, computers and (increasingly more) our decisions.

In this presentation, Professor Antonio Tricoli will discuss the next generation of advanced materials. We'll look at the new materials emerging to tackle two of the existential challenges of our generation: healthcare and energy.

To move from a fossil fuel-powered society, to a renewably-powered and environmentally-conscious global community (relying on carbon-free energy carriers like H2), it's necessary to engineer materials capable of personalised interaction with molecules, light and charge carriers.

Designing materials able to detect single-molecules in a minimal or non-invasive way is also a key step. This will aid the development of personalised medical treatments for prevention, early-stage detection, monitoring and precision medicine. It has the potential to revolutionise the way we think and act to be healthy.

Join us to learn more about some of the key material challenges for the next generation of medical and energy technologies.


Antonio Tricoli is Professor of Materials Science at the Australian National University (ANU). He received his Bachelor and Master from ETH Zurich at the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering. He continued his studies at ETH Zurich attaining his PhD in Nanotechnology in 2010. He joined the ANU in 2012 supported by a Future Engineering Research Leader fellowship, where he established the Nanotechnology Research Laboratory. His group research focuses on the multi-scale engineering of electromaterials for application in Energy and Medical Diagnostics.

He is chair of the ANU Grand Challenge Our Health in Our Hands, a multidisciplinary strategic research program of the ANU. He is author of four book chapters and more than 100 scientific publications. His research contributions have been recognized with several awards including the 2010 HILTI Prize for the most innovative PhD thesis of ETH Zurich, an Australian Research Council Discover Early Career Award, and a WESTPAC Research Fellowship.


Date & time

12–1pm 26 Feb 2020


Internal speakers

Professor Antonio Tricoli

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