On behalf of the AVS community, we welcome you to Baltimore Maryland and the AVS 61st International Symposium & Exhibition (AVS-61).  We wish you a productive and stimulating week filled with discussions and new insights.  We are pleased to have Professor Tobin Marks, Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University, and Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University Qatar (TAMUQ), present the plenary lecture entitled “New Materials Strategies for Hybrid Electronic Circuitry.” Professor Marks’ lecture focuses on the challenging design, characterization, and realization of new materials for creating unconventional electronics – and hence touches almost every AVS Division/Group.
Although AVS owes its existence to the development of vacuum science, which originated largely as a result of space exploration, the Society has adapted its mission to remain at the leading edge of science and technology. Where else can you learn about state of the art characterization techniques such as atom probe tomography and synchrotron analysis at the same conference as emergent areas of interface science and device fabrication?
Materials, surfaces, and interfaces that advance device technologies and aim at practical use are a prevailing theme of the Symposium. The technical program was assembled from 1276 abstracts which formed 143 oral sessions compiled by 29 Divisions, Groups, and Focus Topics. AVS-61 has 290 invited speakers, and two evenings of poster presentations where stimulating and passionate scientific discussions will be facilitated with low temperature libations.  Highlights of the sessions follow.
Biointerfaces and Devices sessions are devoted to protein adsorption and the blood/biomaterial interface, biosensors, nonlinear optical spectroscopy and microscopy, and characterization of biointerfaces under vacuum or ambient.  Other areas include biomateriomics, analytical challenges in the pharmaceutical industry, and surface modification of materials by plasmas for medical purposes.
Electronic, Magnetic, and Photonic Devices sessions include transparent electronics, complex oxides, high-k oxides, nitrides, advanced interconnects, plasmonic semiconductors, and manufacturing devices on paper and textiles. Sessions devoted to processing science by atomic layer etching, atomic layer deposition, and plasmas are scheduled. Other areas include selective deposition and self-aligned patterning as well as materials characterization in the semiconductor industry.
Nanoscale Devices. Researchers from around the globe will present their work on topics ranging from fabricating atomically precise devices to exploiting nanomaterials for applications in photonics, plasmonics, catalysis, and imaging. Sessions devoted to heat, mass transport and mechanics are offered.
For many new materials, the time from discovery to deployment (time to market) is greater than 20 years, the Accelerating Materials Discovery for Global Competitiveness Focus Topic will address this issue in the sessions they are offering for a second year in a row.  
Energy Frontiers sessions will focus on the capture, conversion, and storage of energy in all of its forms with an emphasis on the processes governing energy flow at surfaces and interfaces.
Surface and Interface Theory and Characterization sessions include atomistic modeling of surface phenomena, atom probe tomography, spectroscopic ellipsometry, helium ion microscopy, in-situ spectroscopy and microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, fundamentals of Quartz Crystal Microbalance, synchrotron analysis, conservation studies of heritage materials, and tribology.
Researchers working in the areas of thin films, plasma science and technology, advanced surface engineering, and actinides and rare earths realize that AVS provides THE Annual Symposium to present your newest research.  Over the past few years, the AVS Annual Symposium & Exhibition has become a home to learn about the newest and greatest research being performed by the graphene community; at AVS-61, we broadened our traditional graphene Focus Topic into 2D Materials
In conjunction with the technical program, we have an extensive equipment exhibition as well as many networking and career advancement events.  We are confident you will benefit by attending the full week and networking with the AVS community.

If this is your first time attending the AVS Symposium, we encourage you to learn about AVS membership benefits. Stop by the business meetings of the AVS Divisions and Groups (most are on Tuesday in the late afternoon or early evening); get involved with next year’s programming by talking to Anthony Muscat, who will Chair the 62nd AVS Symposium in San Jose California; attend the awards ceremony on Wednesday evening; and/or stop by the AVS Publications Booth to talk to the staff and the editors. Take advantage of your membership and become engaged in the dynamic and diverse research community that is AVS.  We encourage all participants to submit their work to our internationally recognized scholarly Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A & B or to our Biointerphases Journal. The only way to find out what AVS has to offer is to experience the AVS community and there is no better time to start than this week!

Thank you for your participation and contribution to this year’s AVS Symposium and thanks to all the dedicated volunteers and the outstanding AVS staff who have worked to create the exciting technical program and exhibition.

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore, Maryland!

Vincent S. Smentkowski  “Vin”                                    Anthony Muscat
2014 Program Chair                                                        2014 Program Vice-Chair
General Electric Global Research Center                  The University of Arizona

Vincent S. Smentkowski  “Vin”           2014 Program Chair


Anthony Muscat

2014 Program Vice-Chair