COVID-19 Update - We realize that the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting every one of us and we hope that you, your friends, and families are all safe. The health and safety of our attendees, vendors, volunteers, and staff is our top priority and we are continuing to monitor developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on global travel.
At this time, we are moving forward with planning for AVS 67 at the end of October anticipating that this pandemic will be under control by then. If we are still dealing with severe travel restrictions by the end of the summer, we will evaluate options and advise of any changes or cancellation. All updates will be communicated immediately to all registered meeting attendees and posted on the meeting website.
We understand that the evolving situation may affect your plans to submit an abstract by the extended June1st deadline. Please know that AVS will be offering opportunities to submit an abstract over summer. If you have any questions, please contact della@avs.org

For the most up-to-date information regarding the virus, please refer to the World Health Organization and  U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web pages.

AVS 67 will:

  • Follow recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the policies of the local government and city officials;
  • Identify local emergency care facilities that will be able to promptly care for attendees that may require treatment;
  • Work with local officials to establish procedures to handle any COVID-19 related incidents that occur at the meeting; and
  • Develop a mechanism and protocol to alert AVS 67 onsite staff and meeting attendees in case of an incident.


Call for Abstracts - Greetings

On behalf of the AVS, we invite you to submit an abstract to the AVS 67th International Symposium and Exhibition, which will be held October 25 – 30, 2020 in Denver, Colorado.  The AVS Symposium is the premier forum for the presentation and discussion of the science and technology of materials, interfaces, and processing.
This year, the Symposium’s theme is Advances in Interfacial Science for Energy and The Environment.”  The challenges facing the development and implementation of new energy sources and solutions to outstanding environmental problems have never been more important. The AVS 67th Annual Symposium will highlight the emergent science and technology of materials and techniques for environmental applications and energy transformation.  AVS 67 will be an ideal forum for presentation and discussion of your latest results and will provide many opportunities to connect with other engineers and scientists.
A sampling of sessions that encompass this theme include:

  • Electronic and Photonic Devices for Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Bioenergy and Biomass Conversion
  • 2D Materials for Electrochemical, Energy, and Environmental Applications
  • Structural Characterization of Energy Materials
  • Analysis of Surfaces and Interfaces Related to Energy and the Environment
  • Astrochemistry and Surfaces for Space and Extreme Environments
  • Vacuum Technology for Fusion Research
  • Hybrid Nanomaterials Based on Biologically-Inspired Approaches
  • Advances in Heterogeneous Electrocatalysis
  • Atomic Layer Processing: Integration of Deposition and Etching for Advanced Material Processing
  • Environmental Interfaces
  • Catalysis at the Metal Oxide Interface
  • Pushing the Boundaries of Energy Transfer in Materials
  • MEMS Technology for Energy and Environment
  • Energy Efficient Nanoelectronics
  • Plasma-Engineered Materials and Interfaces for the Environment
  • Electronic Interfaces and Contacts
In addition, we will feature programming on innovative topical areas. Focus Topics at this meeting include: 2D Materials; Actinides and Rare Earths; Fundamental Discoveries in Heterogeneous Catalysis; Advanced Ion Microscopy and Ion Beam Nano-Engineering; New Trends in Structural and Electronic Characterization of Materials, Interfaces, and Surfaces Using Synchrotron and FEL Based Light Sources; Chemical Analysis and Imaging at Interfaces; Spectroscopic Ellipsometry; and for the first time, Smart Multifunctional Materials for Nanomedicine and Leaders in Energy and The Environment.  We also wish to highlight the Materials and Processes for Quantum Information Science Focus Topic as a forum for the new AVS Quantum Science (AQS) journal.
These topics will complement our traditional strong core of fundamental surface science and interfacial phenomena, applied surface science, surface engineering, micro- and nano-electronics, nanometer–scale science and technology, manufacturing science and technology, thin films, plasma science and technology, micro- and nano-electromechanical systems, electronic and photonic materials, biomaterials, and vacuum science and technology.
As you examine the Call for Abstracts, we are sure that you will find many sessions that interest you as well as oral and poster sessions that will be opportunities to showcase your latest research. Poster presentations in particular, are a great way to promote your work and interact one-on-one with many scientists and engineers in a relaxed environment. In addition, some Divisions plan to host “Flash” presentation sessions, in which poster presenters will each have 2-3 minutes to give an oral presentation summarizing their poster. Awards for posters and oral presentations given by students are also offered by many divisions and groups.  AVS 67 will also have a special poster session to highlight Undergraduate research with prizes for the top presentations.
As well as the technical program, there will be an extensive equipment and vendor exhibition, short courses, and many networking and career advancement and recruitment events for those launching their careers as well as for established researchers. If you are new to the AVS community, WELCOME! We are positive that you will find the symposium to be a great place to meet new colleagues and friends with whom to share ideas for years to come.  We encourage you to participate in this year’s Symposium by submitting an abstract before the extended deadline of Monday, June 1st.  Also, please note that for AVS 67 we are allowing you to present one oral abstract as well as one poster abstract so please consider submitting both!
We look forward to seeing you at AVS 67 in Denver!

Dan Killelea
2020 Program Chair
Mohan Sankaran
2020 Program Vice-Chair

Dan Killelea

2020 Program Chair


Mohan Sankaran

2020 Program Vice-Chair

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