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Speaker: Scott Watkins

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Dr Watkins was born in Sydney, Australia and completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

In December 2000, Dr Watkins moved to the United Kingdom to take up a Postdoctoral Fellowship with Dr Victor Christou at the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory of the University of Oxford, where he worked on novel phosphorescent emitters for use in Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs).
Dr Scott Watkins is currently leading CSIRO’s research stream on Organic Photovoltaics (OPVs).

In 2001 Dr Watkins joined Opsys, a spin-out company originating from the University of Oxford, where he continued his research on OLEDs. Opsys merged with Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) – a Cambridge university spin-out company – in October 2002.

Dr Watkins continued his work on novel phosphorescent cores for both light emitting dendrimers and polymers with CDT, as a research scientist and then as a consultant, until 2004.

In September 2003 he began working with Professor Andrew Holmes at the University of Cambridge where his work centred on the synthesis of triplet emitters for use in OLEDs.

Dr Watkins joined CSIRO in October 2004 and was also appointed as an academic visitor at the Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne, where he has co-supervised a number of PhD students with Professor Andrew Holmes.

In 2007, Dr Watkins was appointed Stream Leader for Organic Photovoltaics at CSIRO.

Achievements

Main - csiro - scott watkinsDr Watkins has: published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and is an inventor on 10 patent applications in the field of organic electronics been an invited speaker at more than 10 international conferences on organic electronics been elected as the Early Career Scientist on the National Executive of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (now Science and Technology Australia), 2007 been awarded CSIRO Julius Fellowship, 2007–10.

Scott Watkins work is key to CSIRO’s research on future manufacturing, specifically flexible electronics.

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Developing next generation low-cost solar cells of the future

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Dr Scott Watkins is applying CSIRO’s world-class understanding of polymer science to create new electroactive materials for the next generation of plastic electronics and energy devices.

Current activities

Dr Scott Watkins is currently leading CSIRO’s research stream on Organic Photovoltaics (OPVs). This includes scientists working across CSIRO at laboratories based in both Melbourne and Newcastle.

In the area of OPVs, CSIRO is a key member of the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC) which includes researchers from the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and industry partners Securency, BlueScope Steel, Innovia Films and Robert Bosch SEA.

VICOSC draws together the resources of Australia’s leading research institutions and companies to develop technologies to enable the production of low-cost, printable, organic solar cells.

The aim of the consortia is to replace high-cost silicon based solar cells with low-cost, environmentally friendly, printable, thin-film, plastic solar cells.

Credit : CSIRO

Also see:
And bend and flex: Scott Watkins’ new generation of solar cells
Interview with Dr Watkins – Beyond Zero Emissions

Panel: Nanotechnology – Opening New Worlds for Materials

Nanotechnology

nanotechnology1Nanotechnology (sometimes shortened to “nanotech“) is the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. The earliest, widespread description of nanotechnology referred to the particular technological goal of precisely manipulating atoms and molecules for fabrication of macroscale products, also now referred to as molecular nanotechnology. A more generalized description of nanotechnology was subsequently established by the National Nanotechnology Initiative, which defines nanotechnology as the manipulation of matter with at least one dimension sized from 1 to 100 nanometers. This definition reflects the fact that quantum mechanical effects are important at this quantum-realm scale, and so the definition shifted from a particular technological goal to a research category inclusive of all types of research and technologies that deal with the special properties of matter that occur below the given size threshold. It is therefore common to see the plural form “nanotechnologies” as well as “nanoscale technologies” to refer to the broad range of research and applications whose common trait is size. Because of the variety of potential applications (including industrial and military), governments have invested billions of dollars in nanotechnology research. Through its National Nanotechnology Initiative, the USA has invested 3.7 billion dollars. The European Union has invested 1.2 billion and Japan 750 million dollars.

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