Could Albert Einstein have ever imagined that his newly discovered phenomenon of stimulated emission would drive small and cheap solid-state light emitters allowing for world-wide optical networking? What if Thomas Edison was told that in a very near future the light will be emitted from low-consumption displays consisting of billions of perfectly ordered solid state crystals? Would Paul Drude ever believe that virtually massless electrons will flow through solid-state devices enabling their ultra-high speed operation?
The science-fiction ultimately becomes reality thanks to materials such as GaAs, GaN and graphene. What is next? Nanostructure-based solar cells for clean energy harvesting? Single photon sources for quantum networking? 3D computers breaking Moore’s law limitations? Supercapacitors enabling long-distance electric transportation?
Three young researchers working in the clean rooms of the Polytechnic University of Madrid will share their views on the past and future of the three Nobel-prize winning materials which are changing the world as we know it. They will encourage students to join their research conducted in highly competitive fields of nanotechnology, within the scope of Erasmus+ mobility.