Call For Abstracts - Focus Topics


2D Materials Focus Topic (2D)

The 2D Materials focus topic will review the world-wide effort exploring 2D materials covering their synthesis, characterization, processing, properties, and applications.  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+MI+NS+TF  2D Materials Growth and Fabrication
  • Stephan Hofmann, University of Cambridge, UK, "Crystal Growth of 2D Materials: From Model Systems to Integrated Manufacturing"
  • Sefaattin Tongay, Arizona State University, "2D Anisotropic Semiconductors: Competing Phases by Alloys Engineering"
2D2+EM+MI+NS  Properties of 2D Materials including Electronic, Magnetic, Mechanical, Optical, and Thermal Properties
  • Eric Pop, Stanford University
  • Jing Xia, UC Irvine, “Discovering and Visualizing Ferromagnetism in Intrinsic Two-dimensional Materials”
2D3+MI+NS  2D Materials Characterization including Microscopy and Spectroscopy
  • Kazu Suenaga, AIST, Japan, "Polymorphic Structures and Diversified Properties of Low-dimensional Materials Investigated by In situ Electron Microscopy"
  • Sense Jan van der Molen, Leiden University, The Netherlands
2D4+MN+NS+SS  Surface Chemistry, Functionalization, Bio and Sensor Applications
  • Qiang Fu, CAS Dailan, China
2D5+AM+EM+NS  Dopants, Defects, and Interfaces in 2D Materials
  • Gwan-Hyong Lee, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea, Defect Engineering of 2D Materials for Advanced Electronic Devices
  • Young Hee Lee, Sungkyunkwan University, Republic of Korea, "Defects and Contact Resistance in Transition Metal Dicholcogenides"
2D6+EM+MN+NS  Nanostructures including Heterostructures and Patterning of 2D Materials
  • Klaus Ensslin, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, “Quantum Devices with 2D Materials”
  • Humberto Rodriguez Gutierrez, University of South Florida, “Sequential Edge-epitaxy: Towards Two-dimensional Multi-junctions Heterostructures and Superlattices”
2D7+EM+MI+MN+NS  2D Device Physics and Applications
  • Han Wang, University of Southern California, "Black Phosphorus: Fundamental Properties and Emerging Applications"
2D8+EM+MI+MN+NS+SS  Novel 2D Materials
  • Hsin Lin, National University of Singapore, Singapore, "Topological Materials"
  • Iwao Matsuda, University of Tokyo, Japan, “Novel 2D Dirac Fermions in Monatomic Layers on Surfaces”
2D9+EM+MN+NS  Novel Quantum Phenomena in 2D Materials
  • Roland Kawakami, Ohio State University, “Spintronics and Valleytronics with 2D Materials and Heterostructures”
  • Xiang Zhang, UC Berkeley, “Recent Advances in the Emergent Two-dimensional Magnetic Crystals”
2D10   2D Materials Poster Session

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Actinides and Rare Earths (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 a continued, focused emphasis on the advances in the theory and measurements of core-level spectroscopies for the study of actinides and rare earths. Focus Topic emphasis will address advances in chemistry/materials sciences for environmental management and the participation of early career scientists. The shared sessions will be with Applied Surface Science, Magnetic Interfaces/Nanostructures, and  the Synchrotron Radiation and FEL Focus Area. 
AC1+MI+SA  Magnetism, Complexity, and Superconductivity in the Actinides and Rare Earths
  • Corwin Booth, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Peter Riseborough, Temple University, "Field Induced Lifshitz Transitions in URu2Si2"
  • Evgeniya Tereshina-Chitrova, Institute of Physics ASCR, Czech Republic
AC2+AS+SA  Chemistry and Physics of the Actinides and Rare Earths
  • Eric Schelter, University of Pennsylvania
  • Ben Stein, Los Alamos National Laboratory, “Spectroscopic Studies of +3 Actinide Chelation“

AC3+AS+SA  Nuclear Power, Forensics, and Other Applications
  • Edgar Buck, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, "Electron Microscopy in Nuclear Forensics"
  • Itzhak Halevy, NRCN Israel, Israel
  • Jenifer Shafer, Colorado School of Mines, "Predictive Nuclear Forensics: Fundamental Frameworks to Fill Missing Pieces"
AC4+MI+SA  Actinide and Rare Earth Theory
  • Wibe de Jong, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, “Understanding the Role of Oxidation States on the Chemistry of Actinides through Integration of Theory and Experiment”
  • Nikolas Kaltsoyannis, University of Manchester, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, "Computational Studies of the Actinide Dioxides"
AC5+SA  Chemistry for Environmental Management/Remediation
  • Tsuyoshi Yaita, JAEA, "Ionic Radius Variation of Trivalent Actinide and Lanthanide Series and its Implication"
  • Hans-Conrad zur Loye, University of South Carolina, "Salt Inclusion Materials and Related Framework Structures: Potential Novel Hierarchical Wasteforms"
AC6 Early Career Scientists
  • Samantha Cary, LANL, "Improving the Understanding Actinide Separations through Spectroscopy"
  • Gauthier Deblonde, LBNL, "Solution Thermodynamics and Separation of the Lanthanides and Actinides: Shedding Light to Subtle Differences within the f-element Series"
  • Karah Knope, Georgetown University, "Template-directed Growth of Actinide(IV) Complexes and Clusters"
  • Andrew Wray, New York University, "A Hund’s Metal Transition Coincident with Hidden Order in URu2Si2-Family Alloys"
AC7 Actinides and Rare Earths Poster Session

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Extending Additive Manufacturing to the Atomic Scale (AM)

As the cutting edge of manufacturing, exemplified by semiconductor processing, edges into sub ten-nanometer length scales, subtractive processes such as lithography will become inadequate for many applications, motivating nanoscale additive processes. Analogous to macroscopic Additive Manufacturing, micro- and nanoscale additive manufacturing is becoming commonplace with E-beam/ion-beam induced deposition (E/IBID) used routinely in dual beam systems as a miniaturized “welding” method for sample preparation. Additionally, scanned probe techniques have shown demonstrations of additive manufacturing by various methods. Controlled movement of single atoms and construction of materials/molecules atom-by-atom hold great promise for future nanotechnology and miniaturization, both with scanned probe as well as electron beam techniques. Four key areas will be covered: 1) Scanned probe processes, 2) charged particle processes including (S)TEM and  E/IBID, 3) control and feedback for automation, and 4) applications and devices. Relevant topics will include, but are not limited to: nanoscale 3d synthesis, manipulating chemical bonds on the atomic scale, resolution enhancements, new precursors/materials, fundamental electron-solid-gas interactions, in-situ local electrodeposition processes, single atom surface manipulation, localized atomic layer deposition, methods for scaling these processes, current applications, and fundamental science of atomic-scale device metrology. This Focus Topic will provide a forum for researchers to push the boundaries of additive manufacturing to the ultimate precision at the atomic level.

AM1+NS+SS  SPM Probe Processes
  • Ricardo Garcia, CSIC, Spain, "Advanced Oxidation Scanning Probe Lithography: Nanopatterning and Nanoelectronics"
AM2+HI  Charged Particle Processes in Additive Fabrication
  • Jason Fowlkes, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, "3D Nano-Printing via Focused Electron Beams: Computer-Aided Design and Simulations"
  • Harald Plank, Institute for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis, Graz University of Technology, "3D Nano-Printing via Focused Electron Beams: An Emerging Technology for Novel Applications"
AM3+2D+NS  Atomic-scale E-beam Modification in STEM
  • Demie Kepaptsoglou, University of York, UK, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, “Single Atom Modification of 2d Materials: Fabrication and Electronic Structure”
AM4+NS  Control and Feedback for Automation
  • Stephen Jesse, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, “Atomic Scale Assembly by Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy Combined with Advanced Feedback and Controls”
  • Sander Otte, Technical University of Delft, Netherlands, “Kilobyte Scale Data Storage through Autonomous Atom Assembly”
AM5+MP+NS  Applications and Devices
  • Andreas Fuhrer, IBM Research - Zurich, Switzerland, "Extending the Capabilities of STM-based Dopant Device Fabrication"
  • Michael Huth, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, “2D/3D Nano-printed Functional Structures for Application and Device Development using Focused Electron Beams”
AM6     Extending Additive Manufacturing to the Atomic Scale Poster Session

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Advanced Nanophotonics Metrology (AN)

The newly emerged field of nanophotonics have recently brought considerable interest in developing photonics-based nanodevices for various metrology solutions, which have the potential to outperform and replace legacy based metrology. The “Advances in Nanophotonics Metrology” (AN) focus topic will highlight the challenges and the latest development in nanophotonics metrology. It will cover various sensing application such as metrology of physical, chemical and biological properties, frequency synthesis on a photonic chip, and cold-atom based nanophotonic sensors

AN1 Quantum Nanophotonics Metrology at Nanoscale
  • Gregory Strouse, NIST
AN2 Nanophotonics Metrology for Chemical and Biological Applications
  • Erik Horak, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Explorations Employing Single-Particle Absorption Spectroscopy by Optical Microresonators”
AN3 Frequency Synthesis on a Photonic Chip
  • Karen Grutter, Laboratory for Physical Sciences, “Optomechanical Interactions for Metrology and Signal Processing”
AN4 Cold-atom-based Nanophotonics Sensors
  • Stephen Eckel, NIST
AN5 Advanced Nanophotonics Metrology Poster Session

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Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (EL)

The Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Focus Topic integrates themes ranging from classical material science and thin film characterization to nanometer scale science and novel optical sensing concepts. We will host two oral sessions dedicated to traditional applications of spectroscopic ellipsometry in optical materials and thin film characterization as well as new and emerging topics. The first session will focus on classical research topics of ellipsometry as for instance optical coatings and inorganic thin films characterization. Furthermore, presentations on the ellipsometric investigation of novel optical and electronic materials and materials with subwavelength structures will be included. In the second oral session, we will host presentations on novel experimental and theoretical approaches including for instance imaging ellipsometry or optical critical dimension analysis techniques. As a highlight of our Spectroscopic Ellipsometry focus topic, 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 Focus Topic student award. Spectroscopic Ellipsometry will also host a poster session. Past recipients of the award and rules for entering the competition can be found at
EL1+AS+EM  Application of SE for the Characterization of Thin Films and Nanostructures
  • Vanya Darakchieva, Linköping University, Sweden
EL2+EM  Spectroscopic Ellipsometry: Novel Applications and Theoretical Approaches
  • Mathias Schubert, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
EL3 Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Focus Topic Poster Session

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Fundamental Discoveries in Heterogeneous Catalysis (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 third time the HC focus topic has been organized, and is coordinated with the Surface Science Division (SSD).  Emphasis this year will be on facilitating dialogue between surface science-based and more applied communities studying heterogeneously catalyzed systems. Session topics include theoretical models, nanoscale structures, gas-surface dynamics, and other novel studies of active surfaces. 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
  • Charles T. Campbell, University of Washington
  • Arthur Utz, Tufts University
HC2+SS  Nanoscale Surface Structures in Heterogeneously-catalyzed Reactions
  • Jan Ingo Flege, University of Bremen, Germany, "In situ Microscopy of Oxide Growth and Transformation under Reaction Conditions"
HC3+SS  Mechanisms and Reaction Pathways in Heterogeneously-catalyzed Reactions
  • Johannes Lercher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, "Elementary Steps in Conversions of Polar Molecules at Liquid-solid Interfaces"
  • Swetlana Schauermann, Kiel University, Germany, "Model Studies on Ligand-assisted Heterogeneous Catalysis"
HC4+SS  Advances in Theoretical Models and Simulations of Heterogeneously-catalyzed Reactions
  • Henrik Grönbeck, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • William Schneider, University of Notre Dame, "Operando Catalysis: A DFT Perspective"
HC5+SS  Bridging Gaps in Heterogeneously-catalyzed Reactions
  • Kersti Hermansson, Ångström Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Beatriz Roldan Cuenya, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
HC6+SS  A Tale of Two Scales: Catalytic Processes and Surface Science
  • David.W. Flaherty, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Peter Stair, Northwestern University, “The Molecular Surface Chemistry Approach to Heterogeneous Catalysts”
HC7 Fundamental Discoveries in Heterogeneous Catalysis Focus Topic Poster Session

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Advanced Ion Microscopy (HI)

AVS 65 will again be host to the Advanced Ion Microscopy focus topic targeting research in focused ion beam technology and applications.   Historically, the AVS HI focus topic has been academia and industry's principal conference for the latest research using Helium Gas Field Ion Source (GFIS) technology and more recently the session has been expanded to comprehend advances in other focused ion beam technology such as:  Cs+ and Li+ cold beams;  Ne+, N2+, and H+ GIFS beams; Xe+ plasma cusp ion beams; and novel breakthroughs using Ga+ and Alloy Liquid Metal Ion Source (LMIS) beams. For this year’s conference we will continue with previous themes of advances in ion beam microscopy, metrology, nano-patterning/machining, and novel source/optics  technology, and this year we will also be expanding the focus topic to include beam induced Nano-Engineering. 

HI1 Advanced Ion Microscopy & Surface Analysis
  • Frances Allen, University of California, Berkeley
  • Alex Belianinov, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Ilari Maasilta, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, “Helium and Neon Ion Microscopy and Milling for Microbiological Applications”
HI2 Novel Beam Induced Material Engineering & Nano-Patterning
  • Yuichi Naitou, AIST, Japan
  • Shida Tan, Intel Corporation
HI3 Emerging Ion Sources, Optics, and Applications
  • Shinichi Matsubara, Hitachi High-Technologies, Japan, “Development of GFIS which can Perform Both Sample Observation and Processing”
  • Greg Schwind, FEI Company
HI4 Advanced Ion Microcopy Focus Topic Poster Session

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Industrial Physics Forum (IPF)

The IPFs, scientific gatherings sponsored by the American Institute of Physics and hosted by its member societies, are unique, topic-specific conferences addressing application-focused research in the physical sciences emerging from academia and the private sector. They consist solely of invited talks grouped around several subtopics. The present Forum, the seventh at AVS since 2006, focuses for the first time exclusively on the biophysical/medical sciences and is co-hosted by the Biomaterials Interfaces Division (BID). The program was designed to broaden the interest and perspective of the BID community through talks partially overlapping research areas of their interest, yet not routinely covered at prior AVS Symposia. The program focuses on innovations in three sub-topics of the biosciences: imaging and structural determination, bioanalytic sensing and diagnostics, and biomaterial assembly. Each topic is covered by five invited speakers in three consecutive morning sessions starting Monday October 22. The afternoons are set aside for contributed talks on topics related to the respective morning sessions. The event is preceded by the traditional BID Plenary session on Sunday afternoon October 21, with topics complementary to those of the IPF. The session on imaging and structural determination highlights diverse experimental approaches based on infrared, visible, X-ray and mass spectrometric technologies, and encompasses advanced nonlinear optical, fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy, as well as synchrotron and X-ray free electron laser (XFEL) studies for dynamic and 3D imaging of biomolecules and sub-cellular structures at nanoscale resolution. The bioanalytic, biosensor and diagnostic session covers diverse sensing approaches from activated surfaces to discreet nano-sized biomolecular and patterned structures. Topics include advances in in-vitro and in-vivo approaches to disease detection, nanoparticles for monitoring biomolecular functions in their biological environment, subcellular sensors to probe biological processes in live cells, and sensitized surfaces acting as pressure and tunable photo-responsive sensors. The biofabrication session encompasses a structured build-up from basic tissue assembly to the prospects of full organ fabrication. The intermediary steps of vascular co-assembly and its accompanying challenges of supplying life sustaining nutrients and oxygen to the living cells will be amply covered. In addition, the scaffolding required to maintain the integrity of the assembling organ will be discussed, as well as the different approaches and challenges in 3D printing.

IPF1+BI  Advanced Imaging and Structure Determination of Biomaterials

  • Alba Alfonso-Garcia, UC Davis, “Dynamic Fluorescence and Nonlinear Optical Imaging Methods for Biomedical Applications”
  • Rohit Bhargava, University of Illinois, "Chemical Imaging as a Tool to asses Molecular and Morphologic Content in Natural Tissues and Fabricated Models"
  • Josephine Bunch, National Physical Laboratory, UK, "Mass Spectrometry Imaging of Biomaterials"
  • Katherina Gaus, University of New South Wales, Australia, "Super Resolution Microscopy"
  • Tim Salditt, University Goettingen, Germany, "High Resolution Phase Contrast X-ray Imaging for Biomedical Research"

IPF2+BI  Bioanalytics, Biosensors  and Diagnostics

  • Michael Cima, MIT, "Novel Devices for Disease Detection and Monitoring and/or Nanotechnology-based Therapeutic Cancer Agents"
  • Simon Corrie, Monash Univ., Melbourne AU, "Nanoparticle-based Molecular Sensors for Monitoring Biological Molecules in Real Biological Environments"
  • Bianxiao Cui, Stanford, "Nano-optoelectronic Sensors for Biosensing"
  • Aránzazu del Campo, MPI for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany, "Bio-active Tunable Surfaces for Photoresponsive Sensing"
  • Stefan Zauscher, Duke University, "Harnessing Bacteria for Fabrication of Photoelectrodes and Pressure Sensors"

IPF3+BI  Biofabrication: From Tissue to Organ

  • Thomas Boland, University of Texas El Paso, "Biological Fabrication via 3D Printing"
  • Buddy Ratner, University of Washington, "Strategic Thinking on the Architecture and Design of Regenerative Medicine Scaffolds"
  • Joachim Spatz, MPI for Intelligent Systems, Germany, "Sequential Bottom-up Assembly of Synthetic Cells and Tissue"
  • James J. Yoo, Wake Forest University, "The Quest for Whole Organ Fabrication"
  • Ying Zheng, University of Washington, "Challenges in Biofluidic and Vascular Implementation in Tissue Assembly"

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In-situ Microscopy, Spectroscopy, and Microfluidics (MM) 

Transmission electron, scanning electron, and X-ray microscopes provide exceptional spatial and spectroscopic resolution through many different signal channels and have resulted in countless advances in materials science, electrochemistry, biomedical and environmental research The MEMS and Microfluidics for In Situ TEM, SEM and X-ray Microscopy Focus Topic session will feature devices that allow the application of different stimuli during imaging- mechanical, electrical, etc. - under controlled environmental conditions - gaseous, liquid, high-temperature, high-pressure.  The session will emphasize the design, fabrication and application of these devices, and will include liquid cells for TEM, SEM and X-ray microscopes, as well as mechanical and electrical test devices and their combinations.

MM1+AS+NS+PC  Liquid/Gas Environmental Cells for TEM
  • Frances Ross, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, "Cantilever Samples for Growth Experiments in the Electron Microscope"
MM2+AS+HI+NS+PC  Fluidic and Flow Cells for In Operando SEM
  • Daan Hein Alsem, Hummingbird Scientific Inc., "Practical Liquid Cell Microscopy - Opportunities and Challenges"
MM3+AS+NS+PC+SS  X-ray Microscopy (Spectroscopy) in Liquids and Gases
  • Luca Gregoratti, Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy, "Bridging the Materials and Pressure Gaps in Synchrotron-based Photoelectron in Situ/Operando Studies"
MM4+EM+MN+NS+SS  Mechanical/Electrical/High-Temperature Systems
  • Raymond Unocic, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, "Radiolytic Synthesis of Nanostructured Materials using in situ Liquid Cell Microscopy"
MM5    In-situ Microscopy, Spectroscopy, and Microfluidics Focus Topic Poster Session

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Materials and Processes for Quantum Computing (MP) 

MP will highlight the recent advances and challenges in quantum computing. Sessions will cover all devices, materials and systems that enable quantum computing. These include single photon amplifiers, ion traps, multiplexers, advances in cryogenic systems, vacuum technology and microwave to optical conversion schemes etc. Topics will include technological advances in accessing topologically isolated qubits (TSV's, Airbridges, Bump bonds, Pogo pins etc) and materials, processes used to achieve high coherence devices.  Apart from the oral sessions, we will have a poster session, which will provide an opportunity for researchers to interact with their peers in the field. 

MP1+EM+MN+NS  Systems and Devices for Quantum Computing I
  • Jungsang Kim, Duke University, “Advances in Trapped Ion Quantum Computing”
  • John Martinis, Google Inc.
MP2+AM+EM+NS  Systems and Devices for Quantum Computing II
  • Jerry Chow, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
MP3+EM+NS  High Coherence Qubits for Quantum Computing
  • Eva Olsson, Chalmers University
  • Dave Pappas, NIST
MP4+EM+NS  Integration Schemes for Accessing Topologically Isolated Qubits
  • Matteo Mariantoni, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Will Oliver, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, "Quantum Engineering of Superconducting Qubits"
MP5      Materials and Processes for Quantum Computing Focus Topic Poster Session

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Plasma Processing for Biomedical Applications (PB) 

This Focus Topic will address the latest advances and innovations in plasma technology related to biological, agriculture and environment. Abstracts for oral and poster contributions are solicited in fundamental science and applications related to these fields. Topics that this program highlights include: Plasma medicine and therapeutics e.g. wound healing and cancer treatment, microbe inactivation, biomaterials, plasma fertilizer and ammonia production, nitrogen fixation, seed germination, plant and crop treatment, soil treatment, chemical degradation, environmental remediation, waste and water treatment, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, air and exhaust cleaning, electrostatic precipitation, VOC removal, biofilm and bio-fouling treatments, plasma chemical reactors, hydrogen production, CO production, CO2 conversion and renewable energy applications. Abstracts on the underpinning methodologies including simulation and diagnostic techniques, and plasma source development are also invited. In addition to collaboration of this Focus Topic with the ‘Biointerfaces (BI)’ and ‘Plasma Science and Technology (PS)’ Division program, this AVS offers new links with the ‘Processing and Characterization of Air-Liquid, Solid-Liquid and Air-Solid Interfaces (PC)’ Focus Topic.

PB1 Plasma Agriculture
  • Koichi Takaki, Iwate University, Japan, “Pulsed Power Applications for Farming and Food Processing”
  • Douyan Wang, Kumamoto University, Japan, “Stimulus Control on Organisms Using Pulsed Power Technology"
PB2 Plasmas for Environmental Applications
  • John Foster, University of Michigan, “Design Considerations for Plasma Water Reactor Scale up”
  • Akira Mizuno, Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan
PB3 Plasmas for Biological, Agricultural and Environmental Applications

PB4 Plasma Biology, Agriculture, and Environment Focus Topic Poster Session

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Processing and Characterization of Air-Liquid, Solid-Liquid and Air-Solid Interfaces (PC) 

Chemical and physical processes occurring in the surface and interface including the gas-liquid, solid-liquid, and gas-solid interface are important in many applications yet represent grand scientific and engineering challenges. This symposium aims to promote the latest developments of emerging techniques and scientific understanding using in situ/ex situ/non situ/operando imaging, spectroscopy and microscopy to investigate challenging surfaces and interfaces with diverse applications in biology, catalysis, energy storage, environment, and material sciences. Contributions are invited including but not limited to fundamental research, industrial applications, novel approaches, and metrology of surface and interfacial phenomena.

PC1+AS+BI+NS+PB+SS  Gas-Liquid Interfacial Processes and Characterization

  • Musahid Ahmed, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, University of California, Berkeley, "Probing Cluster and Nanoparticle Growth Processes with X-Ray Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry"
  • Franz Geiger, Northwestern University, "Non-linear Surface Spectroscopy at the Aerosol Particle/Gas Interface"

PC2+AS+BI+NS+PB+SS  Solid-Liquid Interfacial Processes and Characterization

  • James De Yoreo, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory , "An in situ Molecular-scale View of Nucleation and Self-assembly at Solid-liquid Interfaces"
  • Shirley Meng, University of California, San Diego, "Optimizing Electrochemical Interfaces and Interphases for Next Generation Batteries"

PC3+AS+BI+EM+NS+PB+SS  Gas-Solid Interfacial Processes and Characterization

  • Axel Knop-Gericke, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany, "Ambient Pressure X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Studies of Catalytically Active Interfaces using Electron Transparent Graphene Membranes"
  • Gabor A. Somorjai, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), “Characterization of Interface Materials. The Influence of Density and Chemical Bonding on Atomic and Molecular Structures of Alcohols,Water and Oxides”

PC4+AS+BI+EM+PB+SS  Progress in Industrial Processes and Characterization of Interfaces

  • Andreas Thissen, SPECS Surface Nano Analysis GmbH, Germany

PC5+AS+BI+EM+PB+SS  Novel Approaches and Challenges of Interfaces

  • Miaofang Chi, Oak Ridge National Laboratory , "Towards Atomic-scale Functional Imaging of Interfaces in STEM via In Situ 4-D Imaging and Spectroscopy"
  • Ethan J. Crumlin, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, "Probing Chemical Species and Potential Profiles of Electrified Interfaces"

PC6+AS+BI+EM+NS+PB+SS  Processing and Characterization of Gas-Liquid, Solid-Liquid, and Gas-Solid Interfaces

PC7 Processing and Characterization of Air-Liquid, Solid-Liquid and Air-Solid Interfaces Focus Topic Poster Session

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Reconfigurable Materials and Devices for Neuromorphic Computing (RM)  

Since traditional computing systems have begun to reach the theoretical limits of their performance, alternative, biologically inspired approaches to computing have become increasingly important. These neuromorphic computer systems often require new devices and materials beyond those typically available in traditional CMOS and semiconductor foundries and have both reconfigurable and continuously tunable properties. This Focus Topic will explore both the new materials used in these next generation systems as well as nanoscale, integrated demonstrations of next generation computing systems.

RM1+EM+NS  Materials Characterization for Reconfigurable Devices

  • Jennifer Rupp, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

RM2+EM+NS  Integrated Systems for Reconfigurable Computing

  • Qiangfei Xia, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

RM3+NS  Devices for Synapses

  • A. Alec Talin, Sandia National Laboratories

RM4+NS  Devices for Neurons

  • Alice Mizrahi, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, "Stochastic Magnetic Tunnel Junctions as Neurons"

RM5+NS  Reconfigurable Materials and Devices for Neuromorphic Computing Poster Session

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

Scattering, diffraction, spectroscopy, and imaging techniques developed at electron accelerator based X-ray light sources during the last two decades have been highly effective in exploring the properties of various complex materials including a variety of interfaces at desired length, depth, time and energy scales. These methods have allowed to go beyond periodic systems and equilibrium structures and to obtain unprecedented insight into the relations between synthesis, processing, structure, and functional properties, especially by in situ studies during processing and/or under real working conditions of temperature, environment and magnetic or electric fields. At AVS 65th dedicated to processing and interfaces for the IoT era this topical session will provide a forum for communicating the latest research paradigm in exploration of complex interfacial systems to enable desired functionality and significant advances in efficiency. 

SA1+AS+MI  Hard X-Ray Photoemission for probing buried interfaces
  • Alexander Gray, Temple University, "Angle-resolved Photoemission Measurements in the Hard X-ray Regime"
  • Julia Maibach, KIT, Germany, "Interfaces in Cycled Battery Electrodes: Insights from HAXPES Studies"
  • Yasumasa Takagi, JASRI, SPring8, Japan, "Development of Ambient Pressure HAXPES and Other HAXPES Measurements at SPring-8 for Probing Buried Interfaces"
SA2+MI  Ultra-fast Dynamics for Magnetic and Quantum Systems
  • Hermann Dürr, Uppsala University, Sweden, "Ultrafast Spin-lattice Dynamics in Magnetic Materials"
  • Laura Foglia, Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy, "XUV-transient Grating: Probing Fundamental Excitations at the Nanoscale"
  • Wei-Sheng Lee, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, "Study of Photo-induced Dynamics in Quantum Materials using Femtosecond Time-resolved X-ray Scattering"
SA3+AS+HC+SS  Multi-modal Characterization of Energy Materials
  • Klaus Attenkoffer, NSLS-II, "In-situ and Operando Studies at NSLS-2"
  • Ruimin Qiao, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), "Soft X-ray Spectroscopy for High Pressure Liquid"
SA4+EM+MI  Synchrotron Techniques Applied to Materials & Device Processing
  • Yulin Chen, Oxford University, UK, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, "Recent Advances and Perspective of Photoemission Spectroscopy with Synchrotron and X-ray FEL"
  • William Chueh, Stanford University
SA5 Novel Trends in Synchrotron and FEL-Based Analysis Focus Topic Poster Session

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Tribology (TR)

The 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+NS+SS  Nanoscale Wear: Applications to Nano- Metrology and Manufacturing

TR2+AS+NS+SS  Molecular Origins of Friction
  • Mehmet Z. Baykara, University of California Merced, “Structural Superlubricity: History, Breakthroughs, and Challenges”
  • Jonathan Felts, Texas A&M University
TR3+TF  Lubricants and Coatings
  • Diana Berman, University of North Texas
  • Judith Harrison, United States Naval Academy
TR4+BI  Friction in Biological Systems
  • Prathima Nalam, University of Buffalo, “Nanomechanics of Soft, Hierarchical Structures”
TR5 Tribology Focus Topic Poster Session

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