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07/09/2018:
Our paper "Short-Wavelength Lasing-Spasing and Random Spasing with Deeply-Subwavelength Thin-Film Gain Media" by Jill Tracey, et al., was accepted for publication in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.

Spring-Summer 2018:
Welcome to our newest group members Kelsey, Nasir and Trystan.

03/26/2018:
Our paper "Plasmonic Sphere-on-Plane Systems with Semiconducting Polymer Spacers Layers" by Binxing Yu, et al., was accepted for publication in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.

02/02/2018:
Our paper "Aperiodic Porous Metasurface Mediated Organic Semiconductor Fluorescence" by Zeqing Shen, et al., was accepted for publication in ACS Photonics.

12/2017:
Congratualations to Catrice Carter and Zeqing Shen on your successful PhD defenses!! Best of luck in your future careers at Intel and Duke University.

05/04/2017:
Ankur Dalsania was awarded a prestigious Henry Rutgers Scholar Award from SAS for his honors senior thesis "Enhancing Organic Polymer Exciton-Plasmon Coupling for Applications in Optoelectronics." Congratulations and best wishes for med. school!

04/03/2017:
Prof. O'Carroll gave an invited talk on the "Influence of Conjugated Polymer Thin-
Film Morphology and Exciton-
Plasmon Coupling on Nanophotonic
Light Trapping and Light Extraction
" at the ACS PMSE Young Investigator Symposium during the Spring ACS National Meeting in San Francisco.

03/31/2017:
Congratulations to Anand Patel on his undergraduate poster award for his work on nanoimprint lithography of silver ink at the 2017 MGM Symposium!

12/16/2016: Congratulations to Chris Petoukhoff on his successful PhD defense!! Best of luck with your postdoc. position in OIST!

11/01/2016:
The paper "Ultrafast Charge Transfer and Enhanced Absorption in MoS2 - Organic van der Waals Heterojunctions using Plasmonic Metasurfaces," by C. E. Petoukhoff et al. arising from Chris's NSF-EAPSI research in the Dani Group in Japan has been accepted for publication in ACS Nano.

10/12/2016:
The paper "Achieving Highly Efficient and Robust Hybrid Semiconductor Lighting Phosphors via Incorporation of Strongly Emissive Cu4I4 Cubic Core into Extended Network Structures," by Y. Fang et al. from the group of our collaborator Jing Li was accepted for publication in Advanced Functional Materials.

10/12/2016:
Congratulations to Zeqing on being selected as a finalist for the prestigious Graduate Student Award at the 2016 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting!

10/02/2016:
The paper "Effects of Metal Film Thickness and Gain on the Coupling of Organic Semiconductor Exciton Emission to Surface Plasmon Polaritons" by Dalsania et al. was accepted for publication in the Journal of Materials Chemsitry C.

07/27/2016:
Our paper "Cost, Energy and Emissions Assessment of Organic Polymer Light-Emitting Device Architectures" by Carter et al. was accepted for publication in The Journal of Cleaner Production.

07/27/2016:
Dr. O'Carroll gave an invited talk on organic exciton-plasmonic metasurface interactions at the META 2016 conference in Torremolinos, Spain.


07/16/2016:
Our paper "Effects of Conjugated Polymer Incorporation on the Morphology and Energy Harvesting of Solution-Processed Phthalocyanine-Based Thin-Films" by Cheung et al. was accepted for publication in the journal Synthetic Metals.


07/15/2016:
Thank you to our RiSE summer undergraduate researcher Kelsey Gwynne and our TARGET VI high-school students for their excellent work this summer! Also, thanks to Catrice and the rest of the group for all of their mentorship and help this summer!

05/05/2016:
Dr. O'Carroll was selected as a 2017 ACS Polymer Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) Young Investigator.

04/29/2016:
Ankur received numerous awards at the CCB Undergraduate Symposium: Phyllis Dunbar Award for Excellence in Physical Chemistry; Ning-Moeller Award; CCB Undergraduate Service Award; Chemical Resources Award.

04/22/2016:
Ankur was awarded a fellowship from the NASA NJ Space Grant Consortium for development of low-threshold, thin-film organic lasers.

04/08/2016:
Cate won an award for her senior thesis research poster on inverted polymer OLEDs at the 2016 MGM Symposium.

04/05/2016:
Dr. O'Carroll gave an invited seminar at Trinity College Dublin.

03/28/2016:
Congratulations to Binxing on his successful PhD thesis defense!

03/24/2016:
Congratualtions to Jill on passing her in-field research proposal!

03/15/2016:
Dr. O'Carroll gives an invited talk on exciton-metasurface interactions at the APS March meeting.

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  O'Carroll Research Group
Nanophotonics and Organic Optoelectronics
 
     
The O'Carroll Group studies light generating and light harvesting processes in organic polymer semiconductor materials and plasmonic nanostructures. Our research has a number of uses such as: light-management in thin-film organic opto-electronic devices; optically-active electrodes; nanoscale optical devices; and environmentally-friendly electronics and photonics.

Research Topics:
  - Stability and efficiency of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).

- Plasmonic metasurfaces for light management in thin-film optoelectronics.

- Exciton-plasmonic coupling.

- Nanolasers and SPASERs.

- Organic, excitonic and nanostructured solar cells.

- Photophysics of organic conjugated polymers.

- Large-area, low-cost nanofabrication.

- Visible-wavelength nanoantennas.

- Life-cycle assessment and costing of photonic materials and devices.
 
Selected Publications:
                    
Short-Wavelength Lasing-Spasing and Random Spasing with Deeply-Subwavelength Thin-Film Gain Media
J. I. Tracey, Adv. Funct. Mater. in press (2018). 

 
   Abstract Image
 
Aperiodic Porous Metasurface-Mediated Organic Semiconductor Fluorescence
Z. Shen, et al., ACS Photonics 5, 1215-1227 (2018).

 
   Graphical abstract: Plasmonic sphere-on-plane systems with semiconducting polymer spacer layers  
Plasmonic Sphere-on-Plane Systems with Semiconducting Polymer Spacer Layers
B. Yu, et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 20, 11749-11757 (2018).

 
     
Ultrafast Charge Transfer and Enhanced Absorption in MoS2 - Organic van der Waals Heterojunctions using Plasmonic Metasurfaces
C. E. Petoukhoff, et al., ACS Nano 10, 9899-9908 (2016).


 
     
Cost, Energy and Emissions Assessment of Organic Polymer Light-Emitting Device Architectures
C. M. Carter, et al., J. Cleaner Prod. 137, 1418-1431 (2016).