Optical and transport properties

Optical and transport properties are among the most fascinating and useful properties of nanomaterials and have been extensively studied over the last decades. The large number of novel phenomena observed at the nanoscale are primarily the consequence of the appearance of quantum effects that begin to play an important role at length scales approaching a few nanometers. Over the last years, a big effort was directed toward creating and characterizing improved materials, devices, and systems at the nanoscale that exploit and combine these new properties, which are of fundamental importance to many technological applications, such as energy conversion, chemical analysis, biomedicine, optoelectronics, communication, and radiation detection.