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Chantal Andraud, Fabrice Charra and Ileana Rau

This special issue contains a choice of selected papers presented during the International Workshop on Nano and Bio-Photonics (IWNBP), which was organized jointly with the French-Korean Meeting on Functional Material for Organic Optics, Electronics, and Devices (FUNMOOD). These events were held on October 23 – 28, 2011 in St Germain au Mont d’Or, France.

The most prominent scientists from Asia, Americas and Europe, working in different fields of organic photonic materials and devices were present, creating a unique opportunity to discuss the state of the art and the most recent developments in this rapidly moving field of research. The conference has provided an excellent forum for productive discussions on different, debated topics. It was attended by around 80 participants from 17 countries. In the alphabetical order the following countries were represented: Belgium, Brazil, France, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Norway, South Korea, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands and United States of America.

The meeting in St Germain au Mont d’Or offered the possibility to establish the state of the art in theory, characterization and application of organic materials in different fields of photonics and electronics. Presentations were focused on latest developments in nanophotonics, nanotechnologies, biophotonics and advanced materials for optical signal processing. The presentations comprised 17 Keynote Lectures, 34 Invited Lectures, 6 Oral Contributions and 9 Posters..

The different topics of the conference were discussed in the following sessions:

  1. Nonlinear Optics
  2. Photonics
  3. Molecular Electronics and Optoelectronics
  4. Two–photon absorption
  5. Biophotonics
  6. Nonlinear materials
  7. Nonlinear Absorption and Two Photon Microfabrication
  8. Self–Assembling
  9. Optical Functions and Solar Energy Conversion

This special issue is a collection of selected and refereed papers presented at this conference. The typical presentation is multidisciplinary, containing a blend of chemistry, physics, materials processing and technology applications. The papers presented in this special issue will serve as useful reference materials, summarizing the current status of individual topics and projecting future developments and future trends.

We wish to thank various institutions, agencies and corporations, which provided substantial support for the conference: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) with the Groupement De Recherche (GDRI) Functional Material for Organic Optics, Electronics, and Devices (FUNMOOD), Institut Rayonnement Matière de Saclay Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (IRAMIS), Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon (ENS-Lyon) and Institut de Chimie de Lyon (ICL).

We would like to thank the members for the International Advisory Committee for their help and suggestions in shaping this meeting. Particular thanks are due to the local organizing committee for the helpful work they have done in putting it on rails and taking care of all practical aspects. The next conference will take place in 2013 in France.

Chantal Andraud
Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon, France
Fabrice Charra
Commisariat à l’Energie Atomique, Saclay, France
Ileana Rau
University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Romania
November 2012

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