Special Sessions & Workshops

Biomaterial Interfaces Division Plenary Session and Reception 

Sunday, October 29, 2017
3:00 - 6:00 p.m., Room 22

Tampa Convention Center - followed by a reception

The Biomaterial Interfaces program kicks off with the now traditional Biomaterials Plenary Session. This year we are pleased to have presentations from three eminent scientists who have made significant contributions to the field of biointerfaces. The plenary has a focus on non-fouling surfaces and honors the 70th birthday of Michael Grunze and his substantial contributions in the field of protein and adhesion resistant interfaces. In his talk he will illustrate how surface functionalization can control fundamental adhesion processes, hematocompatibility, and fouling. In particular are the correlation of fundamental physical surface parameters and quantitative biological data as well as the application and the development of spectroscopic methods for in situ and in vivo investigations of biointerfaces and cells. Morgan Alexander will describe new approaches to materials discovery for biological environments, including high-throughput approaches that integrate combinatorial materials synthesis with sophisticated, stateof-the-art surface analytical measurements. Understanding these relationships is critical in the development of the biomaterials of the future and is the theme running through his group’s work across a variety of biomedical application areas spanning bacterial adhesion to controlling stem cell response. Joanna Aizenberg will talk about her substantial contributions in understanding basic principles of biological architectures and the elegance with which biology solves complex problems. She uses biological principles as guidance in developing new, bio-inspired synthetic routes and nanofabrication strategies that lead to advanced materials and devices, with broad implications in fields ranging from architecture to energy efficiency to medicine. Among recent innovations are SLIPS coatings that provide non-toxic antifouling protection of surfaces. The session will close with the opportunity for further discussions at our traditional Plenary Reception.

Thin Film Division/Harper Award TED-Talk Competition (Invite Only)

Monday, October 30, 2017
7:30 p.m., Room 20

Tampa Convention Center

This special session is attendance restricted to only students who are authors on an abstract presented in a TFD sponsored or TFD-co-sponsored session. Hor d'ouvres will be provided.

The four finalists are:
  • David Bergsman, Stanford University
  • Jeffrey Chang, UCLA
  • Rafaiel Ovansyan, Colorado School of Mines
  • Michael Stanford, University of Tennessee
The four finalists for the Harper Award will present their work along the lines of a TED-talk, with 15 minutes to make their presentation. These talks will be judged and critiqued in real time for both their content as well as presentation quality and originality by a judging panel of TFD members in the role of execs and potential employers. Following the talks, the Harper Award winner for the best overall presentation will be announced.

ASTM-E42/Applied Surface Science Division Joint Workshop

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
8:00 p.m., Florida Salon VI
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

I. “J.J. Thompson’s Ghost:
Modern SIMS Developments Enable Interface Engineering at the Technology Forefront”
Fred Stevie, North Carolina State University
SIMS is one of the keystone surface analysis techniques in the labs of the world, providing unmatched speciation and sensitivity to the surface analyst. Developments in SIMS technologies continue to advance the role of the technique, extending its reach into previously inaccessible analytical research regimes, and providing more complete information from materials traditionally analyzed using SIMS. Recognizing the implications of these developments is essential to understanding the ever-expanding place of SIMS in the laboratory, and to fully deploying its analytical potential.

II. “On the Origin of the Surface Analysis Species:
The Shared DNA of ASSD and ASTM-E42 in the Formation of the
Symposium on Applied Surface Analysis and the Quantitative Surface Analysis Conference”
John Grant, Surface Analysis Consulting
Cedric Powell, NIST

ASSD and E42 have an intertwining history and they provided the foundation for the development of both the Symposium on Applied Surface Analysis and the topical conference on Quantitative Surface Analysis (QSA). These meetings offer a forum for the needs of researchers and analysts to solidify their understanding of the surface analysis techniques, contribute in their development, and improve the quality of research results. Having coursed through the changing trail marked out by the needs of the community, the happy (or haunting) histories of these meetings will be revealed and discussed.

III. “SESSA Unmasked”
Wolfgang Werner, Vienna University of Technology
Cedric Powell, NIST

Simulation and modeling are becoming indispensable tools throughout surface analysis, just as they have across the broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines. Simulation of Electron Spectra for Surface Analysis (SESSA) is a graphical simulation tool that gives the analyst the ability to see how the resulting photoelectron spectrum changes when the model of the surface structure is modified. SESSA includes effects of elastic scattering, and its models extend to nanomaterials structures, revealing critical surface chemistry information.

Surface Science Morton M. Traum Presentation

Thursday, November 2, 2017
12:20 p.m., Room 25

Tampa Convention Center

The Tuesday Evening Poster Session features presentations by the Mort Traum Student Award Finalists. The Morton M. Traum Surface Science Student Award will be presented for the best student poster presented in the poster session sponsored or jointly sponsored by the Surface Science (SS) Division at the AVS International Symposia. The 2017 Winner will be announced in the Traum Student Award Ceremony.