On behalf of everyone at AVS, we welcome you to Tampa, Florida, for the AVS 64th International Symposium and Exhibition (AVS 64).  We wish you a productive and exciting week filled with discussions, new insights and networking opportunities as you enjoy the technical program, exhibition and the many related events and activities.
We are very fortunate to have Professor Paul Weiss, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and of Materials Science & Engineering, UCLA, starting the week on Monday evening with his Plenary Lecture on “Precise Chemical, Physical, and Electronic Nanoscale Contacts.”  This subject is particularly appropriate because the theme of our Symposium is “Surfaces, Interfaces and Materials: A New Vision.”  Prof. Weiss’ lecture connects to researchers across the AVS spectrum, from those doing basic research in academia, to those conducting applied research in an industrial setting. It also addresses many of the questions in our sessions encompassing this theme which include, “Properties of 2D Materials including Electronic, Magnetic, Mechanical, Optical, and Thermal Properties;” “Beyond Traditional Surface Analysis: Pushing the Limits Engineering a Paradigm Shift in Control of Microbes and Fouling;” “Materials for Quantum Information Bridging Gaps in Heterogeneously-Catalyzed Reactions; “Novel Magnetic Order at Interfaces Surfaces and Interfaces in Micro- and Nano-Systems Nanotechnology for Renewable Energy;” “Frontiers of Photoelectron Spectroscopy in Studies of Surface and Interfacial Processes with Variable Depth Probe, High Spatial or Temporal Resolution;” “New Challenges and Opportunities in Surface Engineering;” “New Imaging and Spectroscopy Methodologies;” “Organic/Inorganic Surfaces and Interfaces Membranes and Materials for Food/Water;” and “Processing Industry Needs/Research Opportunities in Thin Film Technology.” We are sure that you will find new insights and knowledge as you enjoy these sessions.
In addition, our Program will include a number of special features. For example, the Plasma Science and Technology Division will have a special all-invited session commemorating the Life and Career of Harold Winters. On Wednesday afternoon there will be a special session titled "History and Future of Materials, Surfaces and Interfaces." This special all-invited session will begin with Joe Greene speaking on the "The History of Materials." Joe is the first scientist to win the prestigious George Sarton Award for Science History given by the History of Science Society. We will then take a look at what’s to come with talks given by the future stars of AVS. The Biomaterial Interfaces Division is also celebrating both the 70th Birthday of Michael Grunze and the 65th Birthday of Dave Castner with special sessions.  Finally, we shall also feature programming on cutting edge topical areas. Focus Topics that will be featured at this meeting include 2D Materials; Actinides and Rare Earths; Fundamental Discoveries in Heterogeneous Catalysis; Advanced Ion Microscopy; Novel Trends in Synchrotron and FEL-Based Analysis; Plasma Processing for Biomedical Applications; Scanning Probe Microscopy; Spectroscopic Ellipsometry; Sustainability; Tandem MS; and Tribology. 
The result is an exciting program that has ~130 sessions, ~1000 talks and ~250 invited speakers complemented by lively poster sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. You will also be able to visit our extensive equipment and product exhibition, where the latest technology that enables cutting edge research will be displayed.
Whether this is your first time at the AVS meeting or you are returning, we invite you to take advantage of the many networking, professional development and recruitment events, as well as our new AVS Members Center. Thank you for participating in AVS 64 and being part of the AVS community!
Finally, we extend special thanks to all the dedicated volunteers and to the exceptional AVS Staff who worked long hours to create this exciting, world-class technical program and exhibition. 
Enjoy the week!

Amy V. Walker
2017 Program Vice-Chair
University of Texas at Dallas
Eric A. Joseph
2017 Program Vice-Chair
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Amy V. Walker

2017 Program Chair

Eric Joseph

2017 Program Vice-Chair


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