Future progress of our information-based society demands the concentration of opto-electronic functions with increasingly higher capabilities in smaller and smaller volumes. Established materials have been pushed close to their intrinsic limits. Hybrid materials from inorganic and organic components can combine the strengths of their constituents, and offer the possibility to overcome currently existing restrictions. The exploration of novel hybrid systems, uniting a multitude of different material classes, is therefore found on international research agendas. The fundamental chemical, electronic, and photonic interactions arising from the different nature of the components must be elucidated. The new knowledge will enable us to establish methods for the reliable fabrication of hybrids and to control their opto-electronic properties.
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