Pacific Northwest Chapter - Annual Symposium

Advancing the Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing

2017 Symposium

Date: September 7– 8, 2017
Location: The LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Contact: Líney Árnadóttir, PNWAVS Chair

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Program Book

The 28th Annual Symposium of the PNWAVS Science and Technology Society will be held at The LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR.
This symposium will hold 1 ½ days of invited and contributed sessions that include talks and poster presentations. A vendor and equipment exhibit will be held during the symposium on Thursday, September 7th.
The PNWAVS symposium has a long tradition of providing a stimulating interdisciplinary program in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The meeting attracts a broad representation of government, corporate, and university researchers from throughout the Pacific Northwest, Western Canada and Alaska. The symposium provides an excellent opportunity for students and postdocs to sharpen their oral and poster presentation skills. In addition, a workshop on ambient pressure XPS and STM will be held on Wednesday afternoon, September 6th in Johnson Hall the new home of the School of Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, Johnson Hall. 

Call for Contributed Papers

Contributed papers may be presented orally or as a poster; please state your preference when submitting the abstract. If you wish to be considered for a student poster award (see below), please indicate this as well, along with award category (high school, undergraduate or graduate student). Prepare one page abstracts (8 ½” x 11”, with a 1" border using Times New Roman 12 font and 1.5 line spacing) suitable for reproduction with headings that include title (title case), authors’ names (presenter underlined), affiliations, and addresses using in Microsoft Word. Submit abstracts by July 31st, 2017, via email to the conference Chair, Líney Árnadóttir (

Contributed oral presentations are allotted a 20-minute time slot (a 15 min talk with 5 min for questions). The maximum poster dimensions are 40” high x 40” wide. The Program Committee will organize papers into appropriate technical sessions.


As an interdisciplinary, professional society, AVS supports professionals involved in a variety of disciplines - chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and all engineering disciplines, through common interests related to basic science, technology development, and commercialization of materials, interfaces, and processing. Examples include but are not limited to:

Thin Film Deposition and Characterization
  • Metals, semiconductors, and insulators
  • Electronic, magnetic, and multiferroic properties
  • Epitaxial superlattices and interfaces
  • Organic films and self-assembled monolayers
  • Advanced thin film characterization techniques
Nanomaterials Preparation and Properties
  • Synthesis (such as CVD, solution, vacuum)
  • Electronic, magnetic, optical, thermal properties
  • Applications
Biomaterials and Biological Systems
  • Innovative surface analysis methods in bio-interfacial systems
  • Materials in biological systems
  • Protein-surface, cell-surface and microbial-surface interactions
  • Biosensor, biossay and biotechnology interfaces
  • Biology at the nanoscale and imaging modalities
  • Colloidal, particle and biomembrane systems
Environmental Science and Applications
  • Environmental interfaces and ambient surfaces
  • In-operando studies
Surface Science and Catalysis
  • Surface structure
  • Surface reconstructions
  • Interface chemistry
  • Physisorption and chemisorption
  • Catalytic processes
Energy Materials
  • Solar harvesting materials
  • Hydrogen storage and generation
  • Batteries and ultracapacitors
  • Fuel Cells
All oral presentations will need to be either in the form of a Powerpoint presentation, pdf, or a Microsoft compatible format. An onsite computer is available and presenters can either bring their talk on a USB thumb drive or bring their own laptop.

Poster Presentations & Student Awards

The poster session, with reception will be held in conjunction with the vendor exhibit on Thursday afternoon, September 7th. Included in the poster session will be a student poster competition for undergraduate and graduate students. If you wish to participate in the poster competition please indicate so on the registration form. All students in the competition will only be allowed to present posters (not talks).

A cash award of $500 plus $500 towards expenses to attend the International AVS Symposium will be given to the winner of the graduate student competition. A cash award of $250 will be given to the winner of the undergraduate student competition. Cash awards will also be given to the 2nd and 3rd place winners from both competitions. High school students are encouraged to participate in the poster presentation and will receive a cash award for their efforts.


Registration is $150 (Students $40) if received by July 31st, and $200 onsite (Students $40).  If you have any questions about registration please contact Doug Jones by email ( or phone at 503-649-8203. 

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Hilton Garden Inn
2500 SW Western Blvd. Corvallis, OR, 97333
Phone: 541-752-5000
0.1 mi from LaSells, conference rate: $142.00
Book by phone and reference the group name, “PNW-AVS Conference” for conference rate
Booking at Hilton Garden Inn must be confirmed by August 15 2017 to get the conference rate.

Best Western Corvallis

925 NW Garfield Avenue
Corvallis, Oregon, 97330-2115, US
Phone: 541-758-8571
2.4 mi from LaSells, conference rate: $119.99+tax
For conference rates use the following link or ask for American Vacuum Society PNW-Chapter

Student Accommodation Support

To encourage student participation, a reduced registration fee of $40 will be charged to current students. The first 40 students (graduate) who submit abstracts for oral and/or poster sessions (only the presenter qualifies) by July 31st will be eligible for housing reimbursement (up to $60/night). Undergraduate students also qualify even if they do not present a talk or poster.

Tutorials (Wednesday Afternoon September 6th)

Ambient-pressure (AP) XPS/STM workshop will be held on Wednesday afternoon, September 6th.  The workshop will include invited lectures, tutorials and a laboratory visit.  The workshop will be led by Prof. Greg Herman and will highlight the new AP-XPS/AP-STM and variable-temperature STM capabilities at OSU and discuss access to these capabilities through the Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure which is supported by the NSF-NNCI program. Registration is free. Please indicate your interest in participating in the symposium on your registration form.

Vendor Exhibit

A vendor and equipment exhibit will be held during the symposium on Thursday, September 7th. The exhibit will feature approximately 20 companies offering a wide range of products and services. Each vendor will receive a 6’ by 3’ table and the cost of the exhibit space is $600, which includes two banquet tickets. In addition to the vendor exhibit, many opportunities exist for sponsorships, (i.e., the conference banquet, poster sessions, student poster awards, etc.) which is greatly appreciated. The vendor exhibit is open to symposium registrants, and members of the public. Companies wishing to participate should contact the Vendor Exhibits Coordinator, Joe Gray, Palmborg Associates, Inc. (Tel: 206-232-3444,

Food and the Thursday Banquet

The symposium will provide a light continental breakfast on Thursday & Friday mornings, lunch on Thursday and a BBQ dinner on Thursday evening. One banquet ticket is included in with registration and additional tickets are available for $45/ea.

Conference Committee

Conference Chair
Líney Árnadóttir, Oregon State University –

Conference Vice Chair
Yingge Du, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory –
Program Committee
Scott Smith, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Mark Engelhard, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Tiffany Kaspar, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Shuttha Shutthanandan, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Jean-Sabin McEwen, Washington State University
Fumio Ohuchi, University of Washington
Alex Chang, Oregon State University
Vendor Exhibits Coordinator
Joe Gray, Palmborg Associates –
Doug Jones –