27-31 March 2017
Amanzi Private Game Reserve
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
7th South African Conference on Photonic Materials
Starts 27 Mar 2017 14:00
Ends 31 Mar 2017 10:00
Africa/Johannesburg
Amanzi Private Game Reserve

Full Conference Programme Book (29 MB)

Vital information from Programme Book - small download (2 MB)


List of student prize winners

Conference photo

Invited speakers photos

Prize winners photos



The purpose of the conference is to bring together local and international scientists  who are working on various issues related to photonic materials. Following on the success of six previous conferences in the series (Kariega 2004; Kariega 2007; Mabula 2009; Kariega 2011; Kariega 2013; Mabula 2015) the next conference 'Amanzi 2017' will take the same general format but at a new venue. In particular, the conference will focus primarily (but not exclusively) on the following material systems:
  • III-nitrides such as GaN, AlGaN, InGaN, etc
  • ZnO and other wide gap materials
  • materials for photovoltaic applications, thermal photovoltaics etc
  • biophotonic contibutions
  • narrow gap materials for mid-infrared applications
  • photonic crystals for fibre applications
  • phosphors
  • nano-materials for photonic applications
  • novel photonic materials (including polymers)
Materials related issues that would fall well within the scope of the conference are the following:
  • crystal growth and epitaxy
  • characterisation (photoluminescence, DLTS, IR spectroscopy, etc.)
  • defect related studies
  • process related issues
  • modelling of materials
  • opto-electronic devices (novel structures, etc.)
  • device modelling and characterisation
A group of international speakers, all experts in their fields, will present invited lectures on topics related to the theme of the conference. The scientific programme will also include a number of oral presentations selected from submitted abstracts, as well as poster presentations. Ample time will be available for the discussion of research results. As the number of delegates will be limited to 70, it is hoped that the conference will encourage much interaction, especially between local and international delegates.

We would particularly welcome the participation of senior students and will offer a reduced conference registration fee to full-time bone-fide students and registered post-docs.