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.
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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 - Focus Topics


2D Materials Focus Topic (2D)

The 2D Materials Focus Topic will review the world-wide effort exploring 2D materials regarding their synthesis, characterization, processing, properties, and applications.  The presentations will cover growth and fabrication; characterization including microscopy and spectroscopy; nanostructures including heterostructures; dopants, defects, and interfaces; properties including electronic, magnetic, optical, mechanical, and thermal properties; surface chemistry, functionalization, bio and sensor applications; device physics and applications; novel 2D materials; and novel quantum phenomena in 2D materials.

2D1+AP+EM+PS+SS+TF: 2D Materials Growth and Fabrication
  • Marc Miskin, University of Pennsylvania, "Microscopic Robots"
  • Peter Sutter, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, "Synthesis of van der Waals Materials: Novel Heterostructures and Control of Interlayer Twist"
2D2+MI: Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy of 2D Materials
  • Tai-Chang Chiang, University of Illinois, "Novel Electronic Structure of Single Molecular Layers and Ultrathin Films"
  • Sung-Kwan Mo, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, “Electronic Structures of Two-Dimensional Topological Materials”
2D3+HC+MN+NS+SS: Scanning Probe Microscopy and Spectroscopy of 2D Materials
  • Ken Shih, University of Texas, “Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy of 2D Material Heterostructures”
  • Miguel Ugeda, Donostia International Physics Center, Spain, "Multifractal Superconductivity in a Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenide in the Weak Disorder Regime"
2D4+EM+HC+NS+QS+TF: Dopants, Defects, and Edges in 2D Materials
  • Pinshane Huang, University of Illinois, "Characterizing Unconventional Strain and Bending in 2D Materials and Heterostructures with Aberration-Corrected STEM"
  • Jani Kotakoski, University of Vienna, Austria, "Physical and Chemical Control Over 2D Materials in the Electron Microscope"
2D5: Optical and Valley Properties of 2D Materials
  • Kristie Koski, UC Davis
2D6+EM+MN+NS+QS: Electromechanical and Optoelectronic Properties in 2D Materials
  • Deng Hui, University of Michigan, "Interlayer Excitons in Van Der Waals Heterostructures"
  • Frank Koppens, ICFO, Spain
2D7+EM+NS+PS+QS: Properties of Layered 2D Materials, including Heterostructures and Twistronics
  • Yuan Cao, MIT
  • Brian LeRoy, University of Arizona
2D8+MI+NS+QS: Correlated Properties in 2D Materials, including Magnetism, Charge Density Waves, and Superconductivity
  • Adam Tsen, University of Waterloo, Canada, "2D Magnetism and Spintronics"
2D9+EM+LD+SS: Electronic and Vibrational Properties in 2D Materials and Heterostructures for Device Applications
  • Saptarshi Das, Pennsylvania State University, "Brain Inspired Electronics and Neuromorphic Computing Based on 2D Materials"
  • Archanda Raja, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, "Tuning Energy Levels and Energy Flow in Nanomaterials using the External Environment”
2D10+AP+BI+HC+NS+PS+SS+TF: Adsorption and Functionalization on 2D Materials
  • Kian Ping Loh, NUS, Singapore
  • Damien Voiry, University of Montpellier, France, “Nanofluidics from Exfoliated Two-Dimensional Materials”
2D11+BI+LD+MN+PS+SS+TF: 2D Materials for Electrochemical, Energy, and Environmental Applications
  • Kwabena Bediako, UC Berkeley
2D12+EM+MI+SS: 2D Materials Theory, Computation, and Materials Discovery
  • Udo Schwingenschlogel, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, "First-Principles Calculations of 2D Materials for Gas Sensing Applications"
  • Vivek Shenoy, University of Pennsylvania, "Modeling the Growth of 2D Crystals: Analytical, Phase-Field and Machine Learning Methods"
2D13: 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 from the complexity of their 5f and 4f electronic structure.  The Actinide and Rare Earth 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, with the aim of explaining 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. This Focus Topic will also address advances in chemistry/materials sciences for environmental management and will promote the participation of early career scientists.

AC1+LS+MI: Magnetism, Electron Correlation, and Superconductivity in the Actinides and Rare Earths
  • Nicholas Butch, NIST/UMD, "Novel Spin-Triplet Superconductivity in Uranium Ditelluride"
  • Vitalij Pecharsky, Iowa State University, "The Quest for the Holy Grail, or How Does One Control the Structure and Magnetism of Complex Rare Earth Materials?"
AC2+AS: Chemistry and Physics of the Actinides and Rare Earths
  • Tori Forbes, University of Iowa, "Overcoming Challenges in the Interpretation of Actinyl Vibrational Bands Within Solids and on Polymer Surfaces"
  • Roland Schulze, Los Alamos National Lab
  • Jenifer Shafer, Colorado School of Mines
AC3+AS+LS: Forensics
  • Michael Kristo, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, "Nuclear Forensics 2020: A Strategic Inflection Point?"
  • Jesse Ward, Pacific Northwest National Lab, "Tracking Uranium Speciation by Synchrotron Spectromicrosopy"
AC4+LS+MI: Actinide and Rare Earth Theory
  • Enrique Batista, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • David Dixon, University of Alabama, "Extending Our Understanding of f-Element Oxidation States Using Computational Chemistry"
  • Lindsay Roy, SRNL, "The PreCalc Project: Multiscale Framework for Predicting Morphology of Plutonium Oxide Particles"
AC5+LS: New Experimental Approaches
  • Lucia Amidani, HCDR, France, “New Experimental Approaches”
  • Kristina Kvashnina, HCDR, France
  • Gerald Seidler, University of Washington, "Lanthanide and Actinide XAS in the Lab: How does it Work, and How Does It Complement Synchrotron Beamlines?"
  • Dimosthenis Sokaras, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
AC6+LS: Early Career Scientists
  • Mukesh Bachhav, Idaho National Laboratory, “Chemical and Microstructural Analysis of Nuclear Fuels at Nano-Length Scale Using Atom Probe Tomography”
  • Conrad Goodwin, Los Alamos National Lab, "Transuranium, and Transplutonium Organometallic and Coordination Chemistry"
  • Yusen Qiao, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, "Understanding the 4f Covalency of Lanthanide Tris(cyclopentadienyl) Complexes by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, Magnetism, and Theory"
  • Jennifer Shusterman, Hunter College, "Aqueous Isotope Harvesting for Production of Target Material for Cross Section Measurements"
AC7: Actinides and Rare Earths Poster Session

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Atomic Scale Processing (AP)

The AVS 67 program will feature for the second time, the Atomic Scale Processing Focus Topic. This focus topic will provide a unique forum to expand the scope of atomic layer deposition (ALD) and atomic layer etching (ALE) processes towards understanding the fundamentals needed to achieve true atomic scale precision. The emphasis will be on synergistic efforts, across multiple AVS divisions and groups, to generate area selective processes as well as novel characterization methods to advance the field of processing at the atomic scale.  We are excited to offer several sessions in collaboration with Plasma Science & Technology Division, the Thin Film Division as well as the Electronic Materials and Photonics Division focusing on area selective deposition, characterization and metrology to enable atomic scale processing, atomic layer process chemistry and surface reactions and atomic layer etching.
AP1+2D+EM+MN+PS+TF: Area Selective Processing and Patterning
  • John G. Ekerdt, University of Texas at Austin, "Area Selective ALD of Metals and Metal Alloys"
  • Woo-Hee Kim, Hanyang University, Republic of Korea
  • Alex Martinson, Argonne National Laboratory, “In-situ Characterization of the Earliest Stages of Selective ALD Growth and Inhibition”
  • Christophe Vallee, LTM, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CEA-LETI, France, "Strategies for a Selective Deposition Process Combining Deposition and Etching Steps in the Same Tool"
AP2+EL+MS+NS+SS+TF: Advancing Metrology and Characterization to Enable Atomic Scale Processing
  • Thomas Grehl, IONTOF GmbH, Germany, "The Thinner, The Better - Characterization of Ultra-thin Films by Low Energy Ion Scattering (LEIS)"
  • Harm Knoops, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, "Ellipsometric Characterization of ALD/ALE Films"
  • Sung Park, Molecular Vista
AP3+2D+MN+PS+TF: Atomic Layer Processing: Integration Of Deposition And Etching For Advanced Material Processing
  • Anuja De Silva, IBM Research at Albany Nanotech Albany, NY, "Atomic Layer Processing for Advanced Patterning Applications"
  • Gert J. Leusink, TEL Technology Center, America, LLC, "Challenges and Opportunities of Atomic Layer Processes for Selective Patterning Solutions"
  • Sashi Vyas, Intel
AP4+PS+SS+TF: Beam Studies/Surface Reaction Analysis and Emerging Applications of Atomic Scale Processing
  • D. Howard Fairbrother, Johns Hopkins University, "Charged Particle Deposition of Nanostructures and Thin Films: A Surface Science Perspective"
  • Kees Hagen, TU Delft, The Netherlands, “Nano-prototyping”
  • Noriaki Toyoda, University of Hyogo, Japan
  • Ivo Utke, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland
AP5+PS+TF: Thermal Atomic Layer Etching
  • Andreas Fischer, Lam Research Corporation, "Isotropic Atomic Layer Etching in High Aspect Ratio Structures"
AP6: Atomic Scale Processing Poster Session

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Chemical Analysis and Imaging at Interfaces (CA)

Chemical and physical processes occurring at surfaces and gas-liquid, solid-liquid, and gas-solid interfaces are crucial for many applications and yet their analysis often represents grand scientific and engineering challenges. The Chemical Analysis and Imaging at Interfaces Focus Topic symposium aims to survey and disseminate the latest developments in experimental methods and understanding of the of interfacial physical and chemical processes relevant (but not limited) to materials synthesis, microfabrication, energy/catalysis research, biomedical applications, environmental sciences, and surface modifications, to name a few. In particular, in (ex-) situ/in vivo/operando chemical imaging, microscopy and spectroscopy studies using electron, X-ray, ion, neutron beams as well as optical methods and synchrotron radiation/ free-electron lasers facilities are strongly encouraged. Attention will also be paid to correlative spectroscopy and microscopy methods, modern image/spectra processing and machine learning techniques. Contributions are invited including but not limited to experimental, fundamental research, industrial R&D, novel analytical techniques/approaches and metrology of realistic surfaces and interfaces.
CA1+AS+LS+MN+NS+SS+VT: Environmental Interfaces
  • Gilbert Nathanson, University of Wisconsin
  • Kevin Wilson, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, “Interfacial Chemistry of Atmospheric Organic Aerosols and Droplets”
CA2+2D+AS+BI+HC+LS+MN+NS+SM+SS: In situ Microscopy, Spectroscopy and processing at Liquid-Solid-Gas Interfaces
  • Lena Kourkoutis, Cornell University
  • Haimei Zheng, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, “In situ Transmission Electron Microscopy Imaging of Dynamic Phenomena at Solid-Liquid Interfaces”
CA3+HC+LS+MN+SS+VT: Multiphase Interfacial Analysis and Imaging
  • Jinghua Guo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Robert Weatherup, Oxford University, UK, "Probing Catalytic and Electrochemical Interfaces with X-ray Spectroscopies under Real-world Conditions"
CA4+AS+BI+MN+SM: Modeling and Multi-dimensional data processing of interfacial processes
  • Alex Belianinov, Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Zbigniew Postawa, University of Krakow, Poland, "Atomic-scale Modeling of Cluster Projectile Interactions with Liquid Interfaces"
CA5+AS+MN+SE+SM+SS: Progress and Challenges in Industrial Applications
  • Jeff Gelb, Sigray, Inc., “Emerging Techniques in Laboratory X-Ray Analysis”
  • Julia Zakel, ION TOF, USA, “Recent Innovations in ToF-SIMS and their Industrial Applications”
CA6+2D+AS+MN+NS+SE+SM+SS: Novel Developments and Approaches of Interfacial Analysis
  • Joseph Dura, NIST, "Neutron Reflectometry: In-Operando Depth Profiles of Buried Interfaces"
  • Andrei Fedorov, Georgia Tech, "Direct-Write Electron Beam Processing of Topologically Complex Functional Nanomaterials using Thermo-Electrically Energized Multiphase Precursor Jets"
CA7: Chemical Analysis and Imaging at Interfaces 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 three 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. The third oral session is dedicated to the application of Spectroscopic ellipsometry for the Characterization of Organic Films and Biological Materials. As a highlight, 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. A poster session is also planned.
EL1: Optical Characterization of Thin Films and Nanostructures
  • Rüdiger Schmidt-Grund, Technical University Ilmenau, Germany, "Spectroscopic Study of Cationic Order in Spinel Ferrite Thin Films"
EL2: Spectroscopic Ellipsometry: Novel Applications and Theoretical Approaches
  • Maria Losurdo, CNR-NANOTEC, Italy, "Potential and Perspective of Ellipsometry in Materials Science"
EL3: Application of SE for the Characterization of Organic Films and Biological Materials
  • Christoph Cobet, Johannes Kepler University, Austria, "In-Situ Study of the Conformation Dependent Polaron Formation in Poly(3-HexylThiophene) (P3HT) upon Electrochemical Doping"
EL4: Spectroscopic Ellipsometry 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 fifth time the HC Focus Topic has been organized. This year, HC is coordinated with the Surface Science (SS), Applied Surface Science (AS), and Thin Films (TF) Divisions, and the 2D Materials (2D), Light Sources (LS), and Chemical Analysis and Imaging (CA) Focus Topics. Emphasis will be on facilitating dialogue between surface science-based and applied communities studying heterogeneously-catalyzed systems. In addition to previous session topics including theoretical models, nanoscale structures, reaction pathways, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and other novel studies of active surfaces, several new areas will be explored. New sessions will focus on bridging gaps and ambient pressure studies, single atom catalysts, and electrocatalysis, in line with the Symposium theme on Interfacial Science for Energy and The Environment. HC 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: Mechanisms and Reaction Pathways in Heterogeneously-Catalyzed Reactions
  • Aravind Asthagiri, The Ohio State University, "Reactivity of Transition Metal Surface Under Oxygen-Rich Conditions"
  • Tim Schäfer, University Göttingen, Germany, “Molecular Beam Surface Scattering of Chiral Molecules: Towards Enantioselective Detection of Surface Reaction Products”
HC2+2D+NS+SS+TF: Nanoscale Structures in Heterogeneously-Catalyzed Reactions   
  • Bert Chandler, Trinity University, "Fundamental Studies of Small Molecule Activation at the Metal-Support Interface of Au/MOx Catalysts"
  • SarSara Mason, University of Iowa, “Transformations and Reactivity of Complex Metal Oxides from First Principles and Thermodynamics”
HC3+SS: Utilization of Theoretical Models, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence for Heterogeneously-Catalyzed Reactions
  • Frank Abild-Pederson, Stanford University
  • Ping Liu, Brookhaven National Laboratory, "Alkali-promoted Copper-based Catalysts for CO2 Activation"
HC4+SS: Bridging Gaps in Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Ib Chorkendorff, SurfCat, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark, "A Surface Science Approach for Conversion of Sustainable Energy"
  • Robert McCabe, NSF, "Building Bridges Between University, National Laboratory, and Industrial Research"
HC5+AS+CA+LS+SS: Ambient Pressure Studies of Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Maya Kiskinova, Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy, "Microscopic Insights on Properties of Catalysts using Synchrotron-based Imaging and Spectroscopy"
  • José A. Rodriguez, Brookhaven National Laboratory, "Fundamental Studies of C1 Chemistry on Inverse Oxide/Metal Catalysts"
HC6+SS: Advances in Heterogeneous Electrocatalysis
  • Marc Koper, Leiden University, The Netherlands, "Electrochemical Surface Science of Platinum"
  • Feng Lin, Virginia Tech, "Reversible Surface Transformation Enables the Revivification of Mixed Metal Hydroxide Water Oxidation Catalysts"
HC7+SS: Single Atom Catalysis
  • Christophe Copéret, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, "Single Sites through Surface Organometallic Chemistry"
  • Núria López, ICIQ, Spain, "Electronic Structure and Dynamics of Single Atom Catalysts"
HC8: Fundamental Discoveries in Heterogeneous Catalysis Poster Session

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Advanced Ion Microscopy and Ion Beam Nano-Engineering (HI)

The Advanced Ion Microscopy & Ion Beam Nano-Engineering focus topic targets research in focused ion beam technology and applications.   This includes novel developments in ion source technology/optics, ion beam metrology, ion beam direct-write nano-fabrication, hyphenated techniques for analytical characterization, and material engineering / nano-patterning applications.   Emphasis is on applying novel ion beam technologies to deliver unique solutions in microscopy, nano-fabrication, metrology and analytical characterization.

HI1: Advanced Ion Microscopy & Surface Analysis Applications
  • Matthew Ball, Cambridge University, UK
  • Matthias Schmidt, Ludwig Maximillian University, Munich, Germany, "Imaging of Microbiological Systems using the HIM"
  • Annalena Wolff, Central Analytical Research Facility, Institute for Future Environments, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane QLD 4000, Australia
HI2: Novel Beam Induced Material Engineering & Nano patterning
  • Wolfgang Lang, University of Vienna, Austria, "Nanoscale Vortex Pinning Structures in High-temperature Superconductors Created in a Helium Ion Microscope"
  • Juergen Linder, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf, Germany
  • Alex Zettl, University of California at Berkeley
HI3: Emerging Ion Sources, Optics, and Applications
  • Anjam Khursheed, National University of Singapore
  • Jiro Matsuo, Kyoto University, SENTA, JST, Japan
HI4: Advanced Ion Microscopy & Nano-Engineering Poster Session

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Leaders in Energy and The Environment (LD)

The Leaders in Energy and The Environment (LD) Focus Topic is organized by young investigators within AVS to highlight cutting edge research related to energy and the environment. Within the scope of AVS 67’s theme of “Advances in Interfacial Science for Energy and The Environment,” this Focus Topic will solicit abstracts concerning next generation materials studied at the atomic scale with cutting edge technology. There will be three sessions that focus on understanding the catalytic properties of metal oxide interfaces, pushing the boundaries of energy transfer in materials, and advanced materials for electronic and environmental applications. To foster collaboration within AVS, these sections will be co-sponsored by a variety of Focus Topics and Divisions. In addition to numerous invited talks from scientific leaders in these areas, each session will also promote the work of young investigators by selecting one contributed abstract from a graduate student/postdoc to be  highlighted as an invited talk. These sections aim to bring together a diverse set of researchers, each working in related fields to highlight the significant advances interfacial studies have provided in environmental and energy research.
LD1+HC+SS: Catalysis at the Metal Oxide Interface
  • Melissa Hines, Cornell University
  • Bruce D. Kay, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, "Fundamental Surface Science Studies of Small Molecule Adsorption and Reactivity on Model Oxide Catalysts"
  • Beatriz Roldan Cuenya, Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany
LD2+NS: Pushing the Boundaries of Energy Transfer in Materials
  • Wilson Ho, University of California at Irvine, "Energy Transfer in Single Molecules at Surfaces"
  • Nan Jiang, University of Illinois at Chicago, "Probing Molecule-Substrate Interactions at Angstrom Scale by Ultrahigh Vacuum Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy"
  • Latha Venkataraman, Columbia University
LD3+2D+NS+SS: Advanced Materials for Electronic and Environmental Applications
  • Jeffrey R. Guest, Argonne National Laboratory, "Atomic-Scale Imaging of Optically-Active Nanoscale Systems"
  • Taeghwan Hyeon, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea, "Designing Inorganic Nanomaterials for Energy Applications"
  • Anna Regoutz, Imperial College London, UK
LD4: Leaders in Energy and the Environment Poster Session


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New Trends in Structural Electronic Characterization of Materials, Interfaces, and Surfaces Using Synchrotron and FEL Based Light Sources (LS) 

The increasing need for energy coupled with growing concerns about climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our society. Renewable energy is one of the solutions to replace fossil fuels, but sustainability imposes combination with efficient conversion and storage. Notwithstanding the vast R&D activities the technology has not reached the maturity to comprise the high-conversion and high-power range due to the fact that successful operation of solar cells and batteries is determined by numerous physical, chemical, electrical and thermal processes, occurring over wide spatial and temporal ranges. One of the most promising guides for solving technology problems is to understand the evolving device properties via in-situ and operando analyses and here the synchrotron and FEL-based methods have become indispensable tools to provide rational guidelines for technological breakthroughs. New insights into the governing processes that are crucial for development of engineering strategies for the next generation energy devices have been attained via operando synchrotron and FEL-based methods and will be presented by the selected speakers in the LS sessions.

LS1+2D+MI: Magnetism Dichorism and Spin-Resolved Techniques of Magnetic Materials
  • Nicholas Brookes, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, France, “Soft X-ray Resonant Inelastic Scattering (RIXS) to Study the Magnetic and Electronic Properties of Materials”
  • Mirian Garcia-Fernandez, Diamond Light Source Diamond House, UK, “Probing Electronic Excitations with Resonant Soft X-Ray Scattering: Possibilities at Diamond’s I21 RIXS Beamline”
LS2+2D+MI+SS: Photoemission spectroscopy Applied to Interfacial cience
  • Gerd Schönhense, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz, Germany,  “Bulk and Interface Hard-X-ray Bandmapping with Spin Resolution Combining Full-field Momentum Imaging with ToF-recording”
  • Shigenori Ueda, National Institute for Materials Science, Japan, "Variable Polarization and External Magnetic Field for Buried Magnetic Materials Studied by Hard X-Ray Photoemission"
LS3+CA+MI+SE+SS: Microscopy and Imaging Techniques Exploiting Enhance Coherence  Properties
  • Ana Diaz, Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), Switzerland, "Non-Destructive Nanotomography of Materials using X-Ray Ptychography"
  • Mark Sutton, McGill University, Canada, "Extending Time-Resolved X-Ray Diffraction using Coherence"
LS4+2D+SS: Structural Characterization of Energy Materials
  • Ute Cappel, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, "Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Solar Cell Materials"
  • Alex Frano, University of California at San Diego, "The 'Quantumness' of Quantum Materials Understood Via Resonant X-Ray Scattering"
LS5: New Trends in Structural Electronic Characterization of Materials, Interfaces, and Surfaces Using Synchrotron and FEL Based Light Sources Poster Session

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Materials and Processes for Quantum Information Science (QS) 

With the emergence of innovative quantum technologies and the consequent ability to create, control and manipulate quantum systems, we can now create quantum objects that are extremely well defined, well characterized and well controlled. The Materials and Processes for Quantum Information Science Focus Topic will cover topics which interface micro-fabrication, surface science, materials science with quantum information science. These include quantum systems made from superconducting circuits, semiconductors, defects. Topics will cover superconducting qubits, color centers, ion traps, quantum metrology as well as supporting technology of single photon amplifiers, multiplexers and advances in cryogenic systems, vacuum technology, microwave to optical conversion schemes etc.  Challenges in achieving high coherence devices and making precision measurements using quantum systems will be addressed.  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.
QS1+EM+MN+NS: Systems and Devices for Quantum Information
  • Corey Rae, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and University of Colorado Boulder, "Dielectric Loss Extraction for Superconducting Microwave Resonators"
  • Sven Rogge, University of New South Wales, Australia, "Materials for Silicon Quantum Computation and Simulation"
QS2+EM+NS+SS: Systems and Devices for Quantum Computing
  • Andrew Cleland, University of Chicago
  • Chris Palmstrøm, University of California at Santa Barbara, "Epitaxial Growth of Superconductor/Semiconductor Heterostructures for Quantum Computing"
  • Jonilyn Yoder, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, "Engineering Superconducting Quantum Systems"
QS3+EM+NS+SS: High Coherence Qubits for Quantum Science
  • Santino Carnevale, IBM Research, “Quantum Computing with Superconducting Circuits”
  • Peter Krogstrup, Niels Bohr Institute, Denmark, "Engineering Interfaces for High Coherence Qubits"
  • Tracy Northup, Universtität Innsbruck, Austria, "Photonic Interfaces for Ion-trap Quantum Computers"
QS4+2D+EM+MN+NS: SiC, Diamond and Related Materials for Quantum Sciences
  • Mark Eriksson, University of Wisconsin, "High-speed Manipulation of Silicon Quantum Dot Qubits"
  • Mark Gyure, University of California Los Angeles, "SiGe Heterostructures for Si-based Qubits"
QS5+EM+MN+NS: The Quantum Metrology Revolution
  • Mark Kasevich, Stanford University
  • Jun Ye, JILA, "Quantum Matter, Simulation, and Metrology"
QS6+EM+NS+VT: Color Centers: From Materials to Quantum Technologies
  • Han Htoon, Los Alamos National Laboratory, “Organic Color Center in Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes: A New  Material for Quantum Information Science”
  • Vladimir Shalaev, Purdue University, ""Quantum Photonics with Metamaterials”"
  • Joerg Wrachtrup, University of Stuttgart, Germany
QS7+EM+NS: Materials and Processes for Quantum Information Science Poster Session

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Smart Multifuctional Materials for Nanomedicine (SM) 

Advanced point-of-care nanobiosensors and multifunctional drug delivery nanoplatforms have tremendous potential to revolutionize the future personalized nanomedicine in the simultaneous diagnosis and therapy, which takes the name of theranostics. The new Smart Multifunctional Materials for Nanomedicine Focus Topic at AVS 67 brings together the most applicative aspects, mostly health care-oriented but also connected to the areas of environment (e.g., biosafety and ecotoxicological challenges) and energy (e.g., energy-converting issues in photo-, radiation-, ultrasound-, magnetic field-, microwave-, electric field-, and radiofrequency-based nanomedicine or electricity generation by self-propelled cooperative mechanisms), of hybrid bio-interface science and plasma surface engineering, in close connection with BI and PS Divisions, respectively. Topics covered in the three planned sections include: biologically-inspired, hybrid multifunctional dynamic structures able to respond to changes in their environment for self-regulating thermal and lighting systems, targeted drug delivery (e.g., physical-, chemical-, and biological-responsive nanomedicine for precision drug delivery and cancer therapy), sensing, multi-component nanostructures for collective optical, self propellent and electrocatalysis properties; plasma-based processing of surfaces and nanofabrication, medicinal plasma; theranostics, wound healing and tissue repair.
SM1+AS+BI+CA+MI+SS: Hybrid Nanomaterials Based On Biologically-Inspired Approaches
  • Tak-Sing Wong, The Pennsylvania State University, "Biologically Inspired Materials for Health Diagnostics and Water Sustainability"
SM2+AS+CA+PS+SS: Design and Fabrication of Multifunctional (Nano)materials by Plasma Chemistry (and Their Appropriate Plasma Reactors)
  • Davide Mariotti,  University of Ulster, UK, "Exploring Materials Opportunities With Atmospheric Pressure Microplasmas"
SM3+BI: Nanomedicine, Theranostics, Wound Healing and Tissue Repair
  • Paolo Antonio Netti, University of Naples Federico II, Italy, "Advanced Biomaterials for Health Care"
  • Ling Peng, Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille Aix-Marseille University, France, "Supramolecular Dendrimer Nanosystems for Biomedical Applications"
SM4: Smart Multifunctional Materials for Nanomedicine Poster Session


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