Call For Abstracts - Focus Topics


2D Materials Focus Topic (2D)

The 2D Materials (2D) Focus Topic is a crosscutting AVS-wide interdisciplinary forum for discussion of fundamental science and novel applications of emerging 2D materials. The 2D FT reviews the worldwide effort in synthesis, characterization, processing, properties, and applications of 2D materials.  Papers are solicited in growth and fabrication; properties including electronic, magnetic, optical, mechanical, thermal properties; characterization including microscopy and spectroscopy; surface chemistry, functionalization, bio and sensor applications; dopants, defects, and interfaces; nanostructures including heterostructures; device physics and applications; novel 2D materials; and novel quantum phenomena in 2D materials.

2D1+EM+SS+TF  2D Materials Growth and Fabrication
  • Sung-Kwan Mo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, "Electronic Structures of Atomically-thin Epitaxially-grown Transition Metal Dichalcogenides"
  • Jiwoong Park, University of Chicago, "Paper and Circuits, only Atoms Thick"
2D2+EM+MI+MN  Properties of 2D Materials including Electronic, Magnetic, Mechanical, Optical, and Thermal Properties
  • Matthias Batzill, University of South Florida, "Properties of Single Layer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides Grown by Van der Waals Epitaxy"
  • Mark Hybertsen, Brookhaven National Laboratory, “Excitons and Exciton Complexes in Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers”
2D3+AS+SA+SP  2D Materials Characterization including Microscopy and Spectroscopy
  • Chia-Seng Chang, Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, "Surface and Interface Properties of 2D MoS2 and WS2 Materials"
  • Kazu Suenaga, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan, "Atomic Resolution Analysis of Low-dimensional Hetero-structures by Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy"
2D4+BI+MN+SS  Surface Chemistry, Functionalization, Bio and Sensor Applications
  • Sara Barja, The University of the Basque Country, Spain, "Mapping the Effect of Structural Defects on the Properties of MoSe2 Monolayers"
  • Aleksandra Radenovic, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, "Nanopores in 2D Materials"
2D5+AS+SS  Dopants, Defects, and Interfaces in 2D Materials
  • Jamie Warner, University of Oxford, UK, "Atomic Structure of Defects, Dopants and Edges in Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides"
  • Kai Xiao, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, “Heterogeneity in 2D Materials: From Localized Defects, Isoelectronic Doping to Macroscopic Heterostructures”
2D6+MI+NS+SS+TF  Nanostructures including Heterostructures and Patterning of 2D Materials
  • Goki Eda, National University of Singapore, Singapore, “Exciton Dynamics in 2D Semiconductors and Heterostructures”
  • Xiaofeng Qian, Texas A&M University, "Novel Electronic, Optoelectronic, and Topological Properties of 2D Materials and Their Heterostructures"
2D7+EM+MN+NS  2D Device Physics and Applications
  • Kaustav Banerjee, University of California at Santa Barbara, “2D Crystals for Next-Generation Ultra Energy-Efficient Electronics”
  • Barbaros Ozyilmaz, National University of Singapore, Singapore, “Spin Transport Studies in 2D Materials and their Synthesis”
2D8+MI  Novel 2D Materials
  • Philip Kim, Harvard University, "Electronic and Optoelectronic Properties of van der Waals Heterostructures"
  • Sefaattin Tongay, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, "Fundamentals and Applications of 2D Anisotropic Materials"
2D9+MI  Novel Quantum Phenomena in 2D Materials
  • Tien-Ming Chuang, Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, “Atomic Scale Visualization of Topological Quantum Matter”
  • Antti-Pekka Jauho, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark "Nanostructured Graphene: A Platform for Fundamental Physics and Applications"
2D10 2D Materials Focus Topic Poster Session

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Actinides and Rare Earths Focus Topic (AC)

Actinides and Rare Earths exhibit many unique and diverse physical, chemical and magnetic properties resulting in large part to the complexity of their 5f and 4f electronic structure. The Actinide and Rare Earth Focus Topic Sessions focus on the chemistry, physics and materials science of f–electron materials. Emphasis will be placed upon the 4f/5f electronic and magnetic structure, surface science, thin film properties, and applications to energy–related issues. The role of fundamental f–electron science in resolving technical challenges posed by actinide materials will be stressed, particularly with regard to energy applications, including energy generation, novel nuclear fuels, and structural materials. Both basic and applied experimental approaches, including synchrotron–radiation-based and neutron–based investigations, as well as theoretical modeling computational simulations, will be featured to reconcile the observed behavior in these complex materials.  Of particular importance are the issues important to nuclear energy and security, including fuel synthesis, oxidation, corrosion, intermixing, stability in extreme environments, prediction of properties via bench-marked simulations, separation science, and forensics. Specific sessions will be devoted to advances in the theory and measurements of core-level spectroscopies for the study of actinides and rare earths. A new Focus Topic session will broadly address advances in chemistry and materials sciences for environmental management. There will be a special session and focus on science from early career scientists accompanied by a session on education and funding perspectives. Co-sponsored sessions are held with Applied Surface Science (AS), Magnetic Interfaces (MI), Synchrotron Radiation (SA), and Sustainability (SU).

AC1+MI+SA+SU  Magnetism, Complexity, and Superconductivity in the Actinides and Rare Earths
  • Roberto Caciuffo, Institute for Transuranium Elements, JRC Karlsruhe, Germany, “Inelastic X-ray Scattering Study of the Crystal Dynamics of Neptunium and Uranium Dioxide”
  • Yoshinori Haga, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Japan, "New Materials and Electron Correlation in Actinide-based Intermetallic Compounds"
AC2+AS+SA+SU  Chemistry and Physics of the Actinides and Rare Earths
  • Stosh Kozimor, Los Alamos National Laboratory, "Comparative Chemistry of +3 Actinides"
  • Lynda Soderholm, Argonne National Laboratory, “Comparative Structural Studies of Tetravalent f ions in Solids and in Aqueous Solutions”
AC3+AS+SA  Nuclear Power, Forensics, and Other Applications
  • Rebecca Abergel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, "Design of Synergistic Protein-ligand Systems for f-element Coordination, where Separation, Decontamination and Nuclear Medicine Meet"
  • Brian Powell, Clemson University, "Physical and Chemical Characterization of Solid Pu and Np Sources after Multi-year Exposure to Environmental Conditions"
AC4+MI+SA+SU  Actinide and Rare Earth Theory
  • Jochen Autschbach, University of Buffalo, SUNY, "Magnetic Susceptibility, Magnetic Resonance, and Bonding in Actinide Complexes: Ab-initio Calculations"
  • Sasha Shick, Institute of Physics, ASCR, Czech Republic
  • Valerie Vallet, University of Lille, France, “Probing the Complexity of the Electronic Structure of Volatile Plutonium Oxides”
  • Ping Yang, Los Alamos National Laboratory, "Understanding Surface Chemistry of f-element Oxides using First-principle Methods"
AC5+SU  Chemistry for Environmental Management/Remediation
  • Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt, Florida State University, "Recent Advances in the Capture of Anionic Radionuclides by Ion-Exchange Materials"
  • Sue Clark, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, "Advancing Chemistry and Materials Sciences for Environmental Management using New Spectroscopic and Computational Approaches"
AC6   Early Career Scientists
  • Priscila Rosa, Los Alamos National Laboratory, "Emergent Phenomena in 4f heavy-fermion Systems"
AC7   Education and Funding Perspectives

AC8   Actinide and Rare Earth Posters

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Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Focus Topic (EL)

The FT Spectroscopic Ellipsometry integrates themes ranging from classical material science and thin film characterization to physical and chemical processes at biomaterial interfaces and nanometer scale science. AVS 64 will host three oral sessions dedicated to traditional applications of spectroscopic ellipsometry in optical materials and thin film characterization as well as new and emerging topics. In the first session classical research topics of ellipsometry as for instance optical coatings and inorganic thin films characterization as well as investigation of biological materials and interfaces will be presented. The second session will focus on the characterization of novel optical and electronic materials with subwavelength structures. In the last session of the Spectroscopic Ellipsometry FT we will host presentations on novel experimental and theoretical approaches including as for instance imaging ellipsometry or optical critical dimension analysis techniques as well as contributions related to the microscopic origin of depolariation and decoherence. As a highlight of this FT, the best student paper, which is selected based on the quality of the research, its presentation, and the discussion during the symposium, will be awarded with the Spectroscopic Ellipsometry FT award. Past recipients of the award and rules for entering the competition can be found at Spectroscopic-Ellipsometry-Focus-Topic.
EL1+AS+EM+TF  Application of SE for the Characterization of Thin Films
  • Alexandra Boltasseva, Purdue University, “Transition Metal Nitrides for Plasmonic Applications: from On-Chip Photonics and Flat Optics to Energy Conversion”
EL2+AS+EM  Spectroscopic Ellipsometry: Novel Applications and Theoretical Approaches
  • Oriol Arteaga, University of Barcelona, Spain, “Coherent Superposition of Mueller-Jones States: Synthesizing Mueller Matrices with an Ellipsometer”
EL3+EM+SS  Optical Characterization of Nanostructured Materials
  • Maria Losurdo, University of Bari, Italy, “Broad Range Ellipsometry Shining Light onto Multiphase Plasmonic Nanoparticles Synthesis, Properties and Functionality”
EL4    Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Poster Session

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Fundamental Discoveries in Heterogeneous Catalysis Focus Topic (HC): 

The “Fundamental Discoveries in Heterogeneous Catalysis” (HC) focus topic highlights recent advances in the understanding of the atomic and molecular basis for heterogeneously catalyzed reactions on solid surfaces. This will be the second time the HC focus topic has been organized, and is coordinated with the Surface Science (SS) division. Session topics include theoretical models, nanoscale structures, gas-surface dynamics, novel studies of active surfaces, and bridging gaps in surface science and catalysis. The symposium will highlight connections among theoretical and experimental approaches with the goal of revealing key details of the fundamental chemistry and physics underlying heterogeneous catalysis. Of particular interest are developments in chemical understanding, atomic-level details, and predictive models of reactions catalyzed by metal surfaces.

HC1+SS  Combined Experimental and Theoretical Explorations of the Dynamics of Heterogeneously Catalyzed Reactions
  • Fabio Busnengo, Instituto de Fisica Rosario, IFIR, (CONICET - UNR), Argentina, “Dissociative Adsorption of Methane on Surfaces from First Principles Calculations”
  • Alec Wodtke, Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany, "Building the World’s Greatest Microscope: Revealing the Atomic Scale Dynamics of Surface Chemistry"
HC2+NS+SS  Nanoscale Surface Structures in Heterogeneously-Catalyzed Reactions
  • Andrew Gellman, Carnegie Mellon University, “Chirally Nanostructured Surfaces for Enantioselective Direction of Chiral Surface Chemistry”
  • Zhenrong Zhang, Baylor University , "Catalytic Reactions on TiO2 and MoS2"
HC3+SA+SS  Mechanisms and Reaction Pathways in Hererogeneously Catalyzed Reactions
  • Simon Bare, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, “In situ X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy for Catalyst Design: Opportunities and Limitations”
  • Ib Chorkendorff, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark, "From Surface Science over Nanoparticles to Heterogeneous Catalysis"
  • Catherine Stampfl, The University of Sydney, Australia, “Theoretical Surface Science of Catalytic Materials: an Initio Studies”
HC4 Advances in Theoretical Models and Simulations of Heterogeneously-Catalyzed Reactions
  • Liney Arnadottir, Oregon State University, “Hindered Translator/Rotor Models for Calculating the Entropy of Adsorbed Species for Improved Micro Kinetic Models Based on Density Functional Theory Calculations”
  • Manos Mavrikakis, University of Wisconsin - Madison, "Reaction Mechanisms and Nature of Active sites on Alloy Catalysts: Combining First-principles, Microkinetic Modeling, and Reaction Kinetics Experiments"
HC5+SA+SS  Bridging Gaps in Heterogeneously-Catalyzed Reactions
  • Gilbert Nathanson, University of Wisconsin – Madison, ” From Battery Electrons to Liquid Electrons: Creation and Reaction of Energetic Species in Water”
  • Michael White, Brookhaven National Laboratory, “Reactivity and Electronic Properties of Supported Metal Oxide and Sulfide Clusters”
HC6  Fundamental Discoveries in Heterogeneous Catalysis Poster Session

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Advanced Ion Microscopy Focus Topic (HI)

AVS 64 will again be host to the Advanced Ion Microscopy focus topic (formerly Helium Ion Microscopy focus topic). The 2017 program will continue with the theme of featuring emerging ion beam technology research and ion beam based nano-scale microscopy, lithography, surface science, and patterning research-applications. Particular attention will be given to research areas for advances in Gas Field Ion Sources (GFIS), with a particular focus on helium ion beam imaging, nano-fabrication, and surface science.   In addition, this session will also feature emerging ion beam source technologies and applications, include alternative GFIS ion species (e.g., Ne, N2, H), cold beams (Cs, Li, etc.), and advances in LMIS (Ga, Alloy), and other novel ion beam research.

HI1+BI+NS+TR  Advanced Ion Microscopy Applications
  • Paul Dastoor, University of Newcastle, Australia, “Scanning Helium Atom Microscopy: Imaging with a Deft Touch”
  • Hiroshi Mizuta, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST), "Single-Nanometer Functional Graphene Devices Patterned with Helium Ion Beam"
HI2  Emerging Ion Sources and Optics
  • Anne Delobbe, Tescan - Orsay Physics, France, “LMIS, Plasma, Liquid Ionic Compound or Cold Atoms Ion Source: Options for Focused Ion Beam”
HI3+NS+TR  Novel Beam Induced Surface Analysis and Nano-Patterning
  • Robert Hull, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, "New Approaches to Spectroscopy in the Focused Ion Beam"
  • Olga Ovchinnikova, Oak Ridge National Lab
HI4  Advances in Ion Microscopy Poster Session

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Plasma Processing for Biomedical Applications Focus Topic (PB) 

 Plasma processing is an ideal way to either create new or modify existing material surfaces for use in various applications, including medicine. The Focus Topic will address the most up to date challenges and latest developments of plasmas interfacing biomaterials and biological systems. This will include plasma processing of biomaterials, pharmaceuticals, and living organisms for biological, therapeutic and agricultural applications. There are two major topical categories in this Focus Topic. One is concerned with plasma synthesis or modification of biomaterials and pharmaceuticals and the other is concerned with the use of plasmas for biological applications as direct therapeutics, including treating infected tissue, wound healing, and cancer treatment, and agricultural applications for example plant growth, and sterilization. The former covers the chemistry of biomaterial surfaces and biological molecules, biointerfaces, and efficacy of medical devices that are made or modified via plasma processes. The latter covers a field known as plasma medicine, in which biological reactions in living organisms triggered by plasma generated chemically reactive species are discussed. Latest interests in these categories include plasma polymerization and surface modification to increase biocompatibility of materials, plasma processes to create antimicrobial surfaces, biomimetic materials, 3D cell scaffolds, etc., plasma-liquid interaction, plasma-enhanced chemical reactions in liquid, plasma seed and plant treatments, and plasma-cell or tissue interaction. Abstracts on the underpinning methodologies including plasma and liquid diagnostic techniques, biological assay development and simulations are also encouraged.  All sessions are co-sponsored by Biointerfaces (BI) and Plasma Science and Technology (PS).

PB1+BI+PS  Plasma Medicine and Plasma Agriculture
  • Gyungsoon Park, Kwangwoon University, Republic of Korea, "Control for Plant Disease and Development by Atmospheric Pressure Plasma"
  • Sylwia Ptasinska, University of Notre Dame, "Effects of Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jets on Isolated and Cellular DNA"
  • Rob Short, University of South Australia, Australia, “Plasma Medicine, RONS, Tissue and Cell Models”
PB2+BI+PS  Plasma Processing of Biomaterials
  • Dirk Hegeman, EMPA -  Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science, Switzerland, "Exploring Plasma Coatings Comprising Vertical Chemical Gradients and Multilayers for Biomedical Applications"
  • Angeliki Tserepi, National Center for Scientific Research Demokritosree, Greece, "Plasma Processing for the Realization of Biomems and Biomedical Microdevices"
PB3 Plasma Processing for Biomedical Applications Poster Session

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Novel Trends in Synchrotron and FEL-Based Analysis Focus Topic (SA)

The rapid development of experimental tools using synchrotron radiation sources (storage ring (SR) or free electron laser (FEL)), providing photons with micron to Angström wavelength tunability, ultrahigh brightness and short pulse options, has opened unique opportunities to explore the exotic properties of matter hardly accessible by any other techniques. Static and dynamic experiments in many dimensions with desirable spatial, depth and time resolution have led to breakthroughs in understanding and improving the material functionalities. A great part of these studies have been dedicated to explore the materials surface and interfacial properties, playing an essential role in the performance of novel micro- and nano- structured materials with applications in electronic, magnetic, energy and medical devices, and also relevant to some environmental issues. This topical session will provide a forum for communicating the most recent achievements in surface and interface research using SR and FEL radiation from IR to hard X-rays and the prospects for a brighter future.

SA1+MI  Overcoming the Temporal and Spatial Limits of X-Ray Scattering Methods for In-Situ Analysis
  • Aaron Lindenberg, Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Peter Müller-Buschbaum, Technische Universität München, Germany, "Understanding Solar Cells Structure and Functioning via GISAXS and GIWAXS"
SA2+AS+HC+SS  Frontiers of Photoelectron Spectroscopy: Surface & Interface Processes with Variable Depth Probe, High Spatial or Temporal Resolution
  • Kristina Edström, Uppsala University, Sweden, "Synchrotron-Based Spectroscopies for Studies of Components of Energy Devices"
  • Anders Nilsson, Stockholm University, Sweden, "Studies of Surfaces and Catalysis in real time with X-ray Free Electron Laser"
SA3+2D+AC+MI  Recent Advances of Diffracting/scattering and Spectroscopic Methods for Correlated and 2D Materials
  • Carla Bittencourt, University of Mons, Belgium, "Functional Materials Expoited with Spectroscopy and Microsopy"
  • Giacomo Ghiringhelli, Politechnico Milano, Italy, "Recent Breakthroughs using RIXS at ESRF"
  • Thorsten Schmitt, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland, "Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering on Low-Dimensional Correlated Transition Metal Oxides and Oxide Heterostructures"
SA4+AS+HC+SS  In Situ and Operando Characterization of Interfacial Reactions in Energy & Electronic Devices
  • Karen Chen-Wiegart, Brookhaven National Laboratory, "Spectro-Imaging of Functional Materials"
  • Regina Dittmann, Forschungzentrum Jülich, Germany, "Devices Characterization Via in Operando Spectromicroscopy"
  • Zhi Liu, Shangai University, China, "Probing Electrochemical devices in situ using APXPS"
SA5+AC+MI  Frontiers in Probing Properties and Dynamics of Novel Heterostructures and Magnetic Nanostructures
  • Elke Arenholz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, "Photon Science Revealing Exotic Properties of Magnetoelectric Multiferroic"
  • Christian Gutt, University of Siegen, Germany, "Ultrafast Magnetic Order through Disorder - How Ultrafast Spin-Diffusion Leads to New Magnetic Structures"
  • Jan Vogel, Néel Institute, CNRS, France, "Magnetic Skyrmions in Ultrathin Magnetic Nanostructures"
SA6  X-ray Photon Correlation Spectroscopy for Dynamics Studies
  • Laurence B. Lurio, Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory, "Structure and dynamics of Polymer films using coherent beams"
  • Anders Madsen, European XFEL GmbH, Germany, "Forefront Applications of XPCS" 
SA7  Synchrotron and FEL-Based Analysis Poster Session

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Scanning Probe Microscopy Focus Topic (SP)

The scanning probe microscopy (SPM) field provides a family of techniques that have revolutionized our understanding of nanoscale interfacial phenomena. Now comprised of more than 20 different types of microscopy, the field has developed advanced tools that are able to image, manipulate and interrogate the functionality of surface features to the level of individual molecules and atoms. Such tools underpin the research activities encompassed by many AVS divisions. This focus topic provides a forum for the discussion of the latest advances and novel applications made in the SPM field. Areas of particular interest include approaches to improving imaging capability, the acquisition of probe-sample interaction data, and novel and emerging applications in physical and chemical functional imaging. These interests are reflected through invited and contributed presentations in 5 key areas, namely: (1) Advances in Scanning Probe Microscopy, (2) Probing Topological States and Superconductivity, (3) Probing Chemical Reactions at the Nanoscale, (4) Probing Spin-Dependent Phenomena, and (5) Probing Electronic Properties.

SP1+AS+MI+NS+SS  New Imaging and Spectroscopy Methodologies
  • Marek Kolmer, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, "Two-probe measurements on the atomic-scale wires: ballistic transport through surface states of Ge(001)"
  • Bert Voigtländer, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany, "Charge Transport through Nanostructures Measured with Multi-Tip STM"
SP2+2D+AS+NS+SS  Probing Electronic and Transport Properties
  • Yukio Hasegawa, University of Tokyo, Japan, "Site-specific Conductance Evolution from Tunneling to Point Contact"
  • Chih-Kang (Ken) Shih, University of Texas at Austin, "Electronic Properties of 2D Heterostructures"
SP3+AS+MI+NS+SS  Probing Chemical Reactions at the Nanoscale
  • Yousoo Kim, RIKEN, Japan, "Investigation of Energy Transfer and Conversion at a Single Molecule with an STM"
  • Andrew Wee, National University of Singapore, Singapore, "STM Study of the Molecule-2D Heterointerface"
SP4+AS+MI+NS+SS  Probe-Sample Interactions
  • Haiming Guo, Institute of Physics, China, "Probe and Manipulation of Individual Magnetic Atoms/Molecules on Solid Surfaces"
  • Joseph Lyding, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "STM-Based Nanofabrication and Integrating Nanostructures with Clean Semiconductor Surfaces"
SP5+SS+TF  Probing Material Growth on the Surface
  • Abhay Pasupathy, University of Columbia, "Nature of the Quantum Metal in a Two-dimensional Crystalline Superconductor"
  • Christoph Tegenkamp, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany, "Spin-effects in Low Dimensional Systems Probed by Transport"
SP6  Scanning Probe Microscopy Poster Session

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Sustainability Focus Topic (SU):

In keeping with worldwide trends and needs, the National Science Foundation (NSF) started an initiative in 2013 to encourage and foster research in Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering, and Materials (SusChEM); in particular, this initiative addresses the interrelated challenges of sustainable supply, engineering, production, and use of sustainable materials and integrated materials systems. Presentations under this Focus Topic will include fundamental research themes such as the replacement of rare, expensive, and/or toxic materials with earth-abundant, inexpensive, and benign materials; recycling of materials that cannot be replaced; and development and characterization of low cost, sustainable, and scalably manufactured materials with improved properties. Also of interest are processes with reduced use of toxic components; processes under ambient conditions, as opposed to extreme temperatures, pressures or other harsh conditions; and increased conservation of natural resources, such as water, raw materials, and energy.
SU1+AS+EM+MS  Piezoelectrics, Thermoelectrics, and Pyroelectrics
  • Xiaoli Tan, Iowa State University, "Lead-free Piezoelectrics: Composition, Structure, and Mechanism"
  • Mary Anne White, Dalhousie University, Canada, "Thermoelectrics for Sustainable Energy Harvesting"
SU2+AC+MS+SS+TF  Batteries & Fuel Cells
  • Monika Backhaus, Corning, "Electric Cell Potential Driving Changes in Perovskite Surface Termination and Enabling Catalysis"
  • Ana Muñoz-Garcia, University of Naples, Italy, "First-Principles Design of Mixed Proton-Electron Conducting Oxides and Their Application as Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell Electrodes"
SU3+2D+MS+NS  Membranes and Materials for Food/Water Processing
  • Junhong Chen, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, "Real-time Detection of Water Contaminants Using a Graphene-based Field-Effect Transistor Sensing Platform"
  • Susan Duncan, Virginia Tech, "Protecting Food and Water Quality: Considerations for Materials Innovation"
SU4+AC+MI+MS  Rare Earths and Other Critical Materials
  • George Crabtree, Argonne National Laboratory, "Critical Current by Design"
  • Alex King, Ames Laboratory, "How Critical Materials Affect Emerging Technologies"
SU5+2D+MS+NS  Nanocellulose and Other Carbon Materials
  • Kenneth Carter, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, "TEMPO-Free Nanocellulose Synthesis and Nanocellulose Aerogels"
  • Kim Nelson, American Process Inc., "Processing and Applications of Nanocellulose"
SU6  Sustainability Focus Topic Poster Session

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Tandem MS Focus Topic (TM): 

Tandem Mass Spectrometry involves isolating selected ions, fragmenting the mass selected species, and detection of the fragmented ions to assist in elucidating the chemical structure of these analytes.  The ability to identify ions in the complex and congested mass spectra produced by organic macromolecules pose a major challenge, particularly for in situ techniques such as mass spectrometry imaging (MSI). However, tandem MS provides a versatile analytical method to elucidate and validate peak assignments.  The 2017 tandem MS Focus Topic will feature sessions on i) the recent expansion of tandem MS in surface science, ii) its application in the analysis of complex organic materials, including but not limited to the polymers, organic-electronics, peptides, and metabolites, as well as, its versatile range of applications in MSI methodologies (i.e. MALDI, DESI, and SIMS), iii) fundamental investigations and advanced tandem MS methodologies and iv) data processing methods (i.e. database searching, in silico fragment analysis software).  The FT will also include applications, new instrumentation, and advanced data analysis methods that utilize high mass resolution to improve confidence in peak assignments (i.e. Fourier transform-based MS). 

TM1+AS  New Instrumentation Featuring Tandem MS
  • Hua (Teresa) Tian, Penn State University , "In situ Tandem MS of Lipids using Imaging GCIB-SIMS"
TM2     Applications in Mass Spectrometry Imaging using Tandem MS
  • Jorg Hanreider, Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden, “In Situ Identification of Plaque Pathology Associated Lipids in Experimental Alzheimer’s Disease”
TM3      Fundamentals and Advancements in Tandem MS
  • Chad Weisbrod, The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, "Coupling Front-end Electron Transfer Dissociation to Ultra-High Field FTICR-MS"
TM4      Putting the Pieces Together: Data Analysis of MSn
  • Theodore Alexandrov, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany, "Metabolite Annotation for Ultra-HR Imaging Mass Spectrometry: MS1 and Beyond"
TM5      Tandem MS Poster Session

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Tribology Focus Topic (TR)

The 2017 Tribology Focus Topic will feature sessions on nanoscale wear with applications in nano-metrology and nano-manufacturing, molecular origins of friction, lubricants and coatings, and friction in biological systems.  Sessions are jointly sponsored by the Applied Surface Science (ASSD) Division, Thin Films (TF), Nanometer-scale Science and Technology (NSTD), and Biointerfaces (BI).  Our focus is on linking of nanoscale information (either simulations or experiments, but preferably both) to macroscale observations. Presentations will carry a materials focus in areas such as thin film deposition, solid lubricants, nanocomposites designed for tribological function, self-healing interfaces, wear-resistant polymers, and biomaterials. Contributions will consider advances in in-situ, molecularly specific, spatially resolved approaches to the quantitative characterization of tribological interfaces as well as accounts of numerical computation and molecular modeling of tribological materials and biomaterials. In addition to the four oral sessions, we will have a poster session, which will provide an opportunity for personal exchange and discussion of results with colleagues.

TR1+AS+HI+NS  Nanoscale Wear: Applications to Nano-metrology and Manufacturing

TR2+AS+HI+NS+SS  Molecular Origins of Friction
  • Philip Egberts, University of Calgary, Canada, "The Influence of Environmental Exposure and the Substrate on the Lubricating Properties of Two-Dimensional Materials"
  • M. Clelia Righi, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, "Fundamental Understanding of Interfacial Adhesion and Tribochemistry by ab initio Calculations"
TR3+AC+TF+VT  Lubricants and Coatings
  • Maria-Isabel De Barros Bouchet, Ecole Centrale de Lyon - LTDS, France, "Superlubricity of Hard Compliant Carbon Coatings with Green Lubricants: Role of Surface Chemistry and Structural Changes"
  • Martin Dienwiebel, Karlsruhe Institut for Technology (KIT), Germany, “Structure Evolution in Tribological Interfaces Studied by Multilayer Model Alloys”
TR4+BI  Friction in Biological Systems
  • Michelle Blum, Syracuse University, "Mechanics and Tribology for Design of Advanced Biomaterials"
  • Laurence Marks, Northwestern University, "Carbon, Carbon Everwhere, from Catalysts to Hip Implants"
TR5 Tribology Poster Session

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