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In the past 15 years, nanotechnologies have revolutionized the way we think about materials by providing us with a direct way of engineering their most fundamental properties by controlling their structure at the nanoscale.

As the greatest technological leaps have almost always been due to fundamental breakthroughs in material properties, the prospect of gaining a better understanding of, and greater control over, these properties gives rise to great expectations.

In accordance with this new paradigm, nanotechnologies have already transformed our lives by providing new generations of nano-engineered materials with astonishing mechanical properties.

Now, the scientific community is demonstrating that the same revolution will occur with optoelectronic materials. We do not fully realize the importance of these materials in today’s world. Modern communications, computers, batteries, solar cells, and biomedical sensors are all limited by the cost and the fundamental properties of the optoelectronic materials at their core.