Exploring integrated photonics and organic photovoltaics in Thessaloniki

From January 31st to February 3rd, esteemed ISSP UL researchers Andris Šternbergs (Laboratory of Ferroelectric materials), Aivars Vembris and Raitis Gržibovskis (Laboratory of Organic Materials) visited the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the LTFN Nanotechnology lab.

Their journey started with ISSP UL representatives’ visit to the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where Andris Šternbergs delved into the realm of integrated photonics alongside Prof. Emmanouil E. Kriezis. Together, they explored the applications of organic photovoltaics (OPVs), including innovative concepts like semitransparent OPVs integrated into greenhouse walls to harness solar power. Discussions centered around potential collaborations, laying the groundwork for future endeavors.

Meanwhile, Aivars Vembris and Raitis Gržibovskis engaged in insightful discussions with Prof. Joseph Kioseglou and Prof. Ioannis Arvanitidis, exchanging expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and spectroscopic methodologies. These exchanges paved the way for potential collaborations in cutting-edge fields like Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS).

At the LTFN Nanotechnology lab, Aivars Vembris and Raitis Gržibovskis were immersed in the fascinating world of organic photovoltaics and metal nanoparticle research. Guided by Assistant Professor Argiris Laskarakis, they explored the intricacies of OPV efficiency and innovative approaches to nanoparticle synthesis. Discussions extended to the development of smart window materials and scalable fabrication technologies, laying the foundation for future breakthroughs.

As the journey came to an end, it became clear that this effort went beyond just business. It showcased the importance of collaboration and the vast possibilities of scientific exploration. In Thessaloniki, a blend of traditional wisdom and modern innovation revealed new opportunities for advancements in integrated photonics, organic photovoltaics, and more.