Call for Abstracts - Greetings

On behalf of the AVS, we invite you to submit an abstract to the AVS 66th International Symposium and Exhibition, which will be held October 20 – 25, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.  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 Shaping Our Future: Materials, Technologies & Processes for Energy Transition.The energy transition is already taking place, but it is only beginning. The AVS 66th Annual Symposium will highlight the emergent science and technology that will promote the transition of energy sources and transport from fossil fuels to cleaner, renewable systems for energy conversion and storage.  The aim of our symposium theme is to fuel innovation in energy technologies through the whole chain: material–component–process–power plant.
A sampling of sessions that encompass this theme include:

  • Surface science of energy conversion and storage
  • Surface reaction mechanisms in energy conversion
  • Operando characterization techniques for in situ surface analysis of energy devices
  • Operando methods for unravelling fundamental mechanisms in devices towards sustainable energy
  • Frontiers of time-resolved techniques for energy & catalysis
  • Thin films for energy harvesting and conversion
  • Thin films for electrochemistry and energy storage
  • Breakthrough and challenges in applied materials for energy transition
  • Plasma Conversion and Enhanced Catalysis for Chemical Synthesis
  • Bio-energy
  • Electronics and photonics for a low-carbon future
  • Inspirations from nature: building smarter catalysts for energy applications
  • Carbon dioxide chemistry
  • Implications of implementation: making energy transition a reality
  • Addressing challenges for energy production in the 21st century
  • MEMS technology for energy efficient solutions
  • Science and technology for manufacturing: solid-state batteries
  • Vacuum Systems for energy storage
  • History of vacuum systems and processes
  • Science and processing for nuclear energy
In addition, we shall feature programming on cutting edge topical areas. Focus Topics organized at this meeting include: 2D Materials; Actinides and Rare Earths; Fundamental Discoveries in Heterogeneous Catalysis; Advanced Ion Microscopy and Ion Beam Nano-Engineering; Frontiers of New Light Sources Applied to Materials, Interfaces and Processing; Chemical analysis and Imaging at Interfaces; Spectroscopic Ellipsometry. New Focus Topics are: Materials and Processes for Quantum Information, Computing and Science; Complex Oxides: Fundamental Properties and Applications; Atomic Scale Processing; New Challenges to Reproducible Data and Analysis; Fundamental Aspects of Material Degradation; and Energy Transition Leaders.
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 fantastic opportunities to showcase your latest research. Poster presentations 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.
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 deadline of Wednesday, May 1st.
We look forward to seeing you at AVS 66 in Columbus!

Mariadriana Creatore
2019 Program Chair
Dan Killelea
2019 Program Vice-Chair

Mariadriana Creatore

2019 Program Chair


Dan Killelea

2019 Program Vice-Chair

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