Technical Program: Divisions & Groups


Advanced Surface Engineering (SE)

The program of the Advanced Surface Engineering Division (SE) focuses on all topics related to engineering the properties and functionalities of surfaces of all kinds. Both fundamental scientific and application-oriented contributions presenting experimental and/or theoretical and computational results are included. The session “Plasma-assisted Surface Modification and Deposition Processes” presents contributions aimed at understanding or further developing techniques and processes to alter the appearance of surfaces or to synthesize thin films and coatings on surfaces of interest. Topics related to analysis and characterization of such modified surfaces are covered by the session “Nanostructured Thin Films and Coatings.” This includes also contributions on new and advanced characterization techniques in order to gain further details. A frequent application of coatings is to protect the underlying surface from environmental influences. The session “Wear, Oxidation and Corrosion Protective Coatings” deals with all different kinds of protective coatings in academic research, but also in industrial and ‘real-world’ applications. Last but not least the session “New Challenges and Opportunities in Surface Engineering” serves as a forum to gather new ideas and developments in the field and to show its broadness. The main focus is on topics and contributions that show how surface engineering can assist to solve present-day and future problems. All invited lectures review and highlight the state-of-the-art and latest findings in the respective topic. Academic, industry and national laboratory scientists, technicians and especially junior researchers and PhD students from various disciplines and all countries contribute to our diverse and interesting technical program including four oral sessions and one poster session.
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Applied Surface Science (AS)

The Applied Surface Science Division (ASSD) provides a forum for research in the preparation, modification, characterization, and utilization of surfaces in practical applications. Areas of interest range from nanoscience, polymers, and semiconductor processing to forensic science and biotechnology. The Division has long been the premier gathering place for the global surface analysis community, with historical concentrations in techniques such as SIMS and XPS/Auger spectroscopies, including presentations representing a mixture of cutting-edge applications and fundamentals supporting measurement science. We also encourage contributions from other techniques such as Atom Probe Tomography. The Division is constantly striving to provide a forum for current and mature interests (with sessions such as Quantitative Surface Analysis and Practical Surface Analysis) while identifying key areas for future development. This year we are celebrating the careers of Nicholas Winograd and Barbara Garrison from Penn State with two special sessions dedicated to them.  Several special sessions this year are designed to showcase industrial and novel applications of surface analysis.
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Biomaterial Interfaces (BI)

The Biomaterials Interfaces Division program begins with the traditional Sunday afternoon Plenary Session with presentations by top scientists in biomaterials and bio-related research. The BI program will then continue with a series of sessions throughout the week to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation and discussion of fundamental aspects of bio-interface science and engineering. The BI program brings together recent advances made in materials science and molecular biology with sophisticated surface and interface analysis methods, and theoretical and modeling approaches for biological systems. This year the BI division is cosponsoring the Industrial Physics Forum (IPF) with the American Institute of Physics. The IPF will showcase exciting, upcoming fields of interest related to biosciences including imaging, sensing, diagnostics, and biomaterial assembly. The IPF will complement our BI sessions with invited speakers representing the leaders in these fields.  Areas of interest are: Microbes and Fouling at Surfaces, including  control of microbes and fouling, biofilms, biofouling, attachment and adhesion of microbes, assessment of antifouling and fouling release function, antifouling coatings, motility at interfaces, colonization analysis, biofilms and EPS; Biomolecules and Biophysics at Interfaces, including proteins at  surfaces, nucleic acids, polysaccharides, adsorption, blood-contacting materials, bioadhesion, and  infection and immunity; Characterization of Biological and Biomaterials Surfaces, including spectroscopy, imaging, microscopy, optical and mechanical methods of thin film analysis, characterization in biological media, quantification, chemometrics, microfluidics, time- and spatial resolution measurements, and scanning probe techniques; Bioanalytics, Biosensors and Diagnostics, including biological membranes, vesicles, membrane processes, forces, recognition, signaling, biosensors, microfluidics, point-of-care devices, paper based sensors, and electrochemistry; Biomaterials and Nanomaterials fabrication, including organic thin films, polymer coatings, hybrid coatings, biologically inspired materials, plasma produced biomaterials, patterning, nanofabrication, rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing, 3D structures, tissue formation, implant integration, artificial organs, 3D biofilm structures; Advanced 3D Imaging of Biological Materials, 3D chemical analysis, 3D tomographic analysis, microscopy, 3D tracking. The BI division is also hosting a special session to honor the contributions of Women in Bio-surface Science. We also invite submissions of Flash/Poster Presentations, to be made in a dedicated session with an accompanying Networking Session involving associated poster presentations. Joint BID/Biointerphases prizes will be awarded for the best student Flash/Poster presentations.
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Biomaterial Plenary Session

The Biomaterials Interfaces and AIP's Industrial Physics Forum program kicks off with the now traditional Biomaterials Plenary Session. This year we are pleased to have presentations from two eminent scientists who have made significant contributions to the fields of BioImaging and DNA Based
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Electronic Materials & Photonics (EM)

The Electronic Materials and Photonics Division (EMPD) encompasses the science and engineering of materials, interfaces, and processing that advance electronic, photonic, or optoelectronic device technologies. AVS 65 will include sessions on emerging topics such as quantum information, nanophotonics, and ultra-wide band gap materials, in addition to core topics such as beyond CMOS, III-V materials and their heterostructures, nanostructures, and more. EMPD consistently attracts distinguished invited speakers from around the globe. We will host 12 invited speakers this year including: Inge Asselberghs (IMEC), Robert Clark (TEL Technology Center), James Enstrom (Cornell University), Suzanne  Mohney (Pennsylvania State University), Jelena Vuckovic (Stanford University), Deidre O’Carroll (Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey), Jay Switzer (Missouri University of Science and Technology), Christopher Muratore (University of Dayton), Parag Banerjee (Washington University in St. Louis),  Srabanti Chowdhury (UC Davics), Maiken Mikkelsen (Duke University) and Jim Schuck (Columbia University). A poster competition will again be held at AVS 65 with winning presenters receiving a $500 cash prize. The EMPD industrial forum will also return and provide an intimate opportunity for students to meet with company representatives.
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Magnetic Interfaces & Nanostructures (MI)

This years’ MIND program will cover a wide area of topics ranging from chiral magnetism over magnetism and spin orbit effects at interfaces to magnetism in organic system. The focus of the program is to cover areas of magnetism that are fascinating from a fundamental point of view but which carry significance for future applications. In detail, the MI program will feature pioneering, controversial, introductory and emerging results in topical areas related to magnetic interfaces and nanostructures. The program will highlight the synergy of our division with other groups within the AVS by featuring magnetic systems that rely on atomic control of surfaces and interfaces. Topics include: (1) Spin-orbit Coupling at Surfaces, Interfaces and Thin Films; (2) Magnetism at the Nanoscale and (3) Interdisciplinary Magnetism. In particular the session on interdisciplinary magnetism will focus on the intersection between magnetism, life sciences and chemistry, highlighting the role of chirality in chemistry and magnetic nanostructures in biology. In addition, we would like to especially focus on the synergy between the research areas covered by MI and their role for the development of new materials and devices for the information society this year. For this reason the program will feature a special symposium on “New Magnetic Materials, Devices and Concepts for the Information Society”.

The Magnetic Interfaces and Nanostructures Division will be selecting the best graduate student presentation from finalists for the Leo Falicov Award. MI will also offer an award for postdoctoral fellows who will be presenting papers at this International Symposium. The winners of both awards will be announced towards the end of the meeting.
MIND will also present a special symposium on “New Magnetic Materials, Devices and Concepts for the Information Society” that will be held Monday afternoon in room 201A. The symposium will feature four invited talks by renowned speakers from academia and industry who will discuss how we got to where we are today and where to go from here. Magnetic materials and magnetism in general have always been linked very closely to the area of sensing, information processing and storage, owing to its ability to provide long range order at the nanoscale that can be affected not only with magnetic fields but also with electric currents, external pressure etc. The program will address different aspects of how magnetism has played a role in the information society and how it will play a role in the future.
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The MEMS and NEMS Technology Group (MN) program will highlight recent advances in the broad areas of micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), especially latest fundamental studies of novel materials, processes, devices, and emerging functions and applications of MEMS/NEMS, in various areas. This AVS65 MN program will include a focus on sensing, communication, and energy scavenging for internet of things (IoT).  Another highlight will be multiscale manufacturing of systems including microfluidics systems and bioMEMS with applications to chemical analytics and healthcare. Our program will include resonant low-dimensional materials and parametric and nonlinear MEMS/NEMS resonators which create intriguing possibilities of integrating these devices with existing fluidic, electronic and optical on-chip networks. The program continues to embrace latest progresses in optical MEMS/ NEMS, micro/nanophotonics, optomechanics, quantum MEMS/ NEMS, resonant systems, CMOS-MEMS, mesoscopic dynamics and dissipation processes, inertial sensors, harsh-environment transducers, and MEMS/NEMS-enabled energy technologies, etc. It also aims to capture some of the latest advances in soft materials, flexible and implantable MEMS/NEMS for biosensing, bio-inspired microsystems, wearable and wireless healthcare.
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Manufacturing Science & Technology (MS)

The MSTG sessions bring together invited speakers to highlight the challenges needing to be addressed for successful manufacturing of next generation devices and technologies.  Our sessions are meant to bring together people working across the spectrum of these technologies, including basic science research, metrology, processing, and development, to encourage everyone to keep these manufacturing challenges in mind as they move the technologies forward.  This year we are highlighting the areas of  Sensor Manufacturing for the IoT and Neuromorphic Computing and Memristor Manufacturing.
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Nanometer-scale Science & Technology (NS)

At the most inclusive level, nanotechnology is anything that involves materials that have structure 100 nm or smaller.  Many of the most interesting areas of nanotechnology involve materials or systems whose properties change dramatically as they decrease in size from the bulk, or as surfaces become dominant. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology have become ubiquitous throughout the scientific community as can be attested by the multiple sessions addressing their different aspects at the AVS Symposium.

 At the NSTD sessions, researchers from around the globe will present their work on topics such as nanoscale devices and quantum systems, exploiting nanomaterials for applications in photonics, plasmonics, catalysis, surface chemistry, sensors, biomechanics, imaging, and energy, including nanoscale characterization and spectroscopy. This year the program will highlight the following:
  1. Nanoscale chemical and biological studies
  2. Advances in fabrication and manufacturing at the nanoscale
  3. Recent developments in the characterization of materials at the nanometer scale, transport, and recent advances in scanned probe microscopy
  4. Areas of convergence between nanotechnology and electrical, magnetic, mechanical, and optical devices and phenomena.
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Plasma Science & Technology (PS)

The 2018 Plasma Science & Technology Division (PSTD) program highlights state-of-the-art advances in plasma research, ranging from fundamental studies of plasma physics and chemistry to new applications such as IoT, Atomic Layer Processing in semiconductor fabrication, II-VI/III-V, enabling nanomaterials/nanoparticles and plasmas for environmental and medicinal applications.  The core PSTD program features fifteen oral sessions and a poster session, as well as joint sessions with the “Applied Surface Science”, “Electronic Materials”, “Nanometer-scale Science and Tech” divisions and “2D Materials”, and “Plasma Biology, Agriculture, and Environment” focus topics.  With the “Thin Films Division”, a new session track of “Atomic Layer Processing” is also featured illustrating the synergy between ALD and ALE.  The session on AVS65 theme of IoT features talks by 2018 Plasma Prize Winner, Dr. Meyya Meyyappan (NASA) in addition to Prof. Iyer (UCLA), Dr. Seddon (ON Semi) and Dr. Meyya Meyyappan, the 2018 Plasma Prize Winner.  A special highlight for 2018 is a session to commemorate the Life and Legacy of Riccardo d’Agostino.
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Surface Science (SS)

The program of the Surface Science Division (SS) provides a forum for cutting-edge and foundational research that involves solid surfaces and interfaces. Phenomena that take place at the gas-solid and liquid-solid interfaces are prominent within the SS Division programs. Technical sessions address atomistic, structural, electronic, and chemical phenomena at surfaces and interfaces, their impact on materials properties, and their implication for technological and environmental processes. Surface chemistry is an important divisional theme, encompassing the kinetics and dynamics of surface processes and chemical events from adsorption and reaction to catalysis. Film and nanostructure growth is another key theme, explored from a fundamental perspective, through the development of new growth and processing methods for materials preparation. Surface chemical modification and photon-driven chemistry at surfaces are important concentrations. Lively sessions are devoted to the surface science of metallic, semiconductor, oxide and organic surfaces that support unique chemical activity and electronic properties. Surface science applications in high-impact areas, including energy science, microelectronics, nanotechnology, and environmental science, are highlighted in the program. This Division’s overarching goal is to provide the atomistic insights on solid surfaces and interfaces needed to advance our understanding of materials systems and benefit society. This year’s Surface Science Division sessions are listed below. Many of the sessions are co-sponsored with other Divisions, Groups, and Focus Topics and should be of broad interest to attendees. In particular several SS sessions complement the Fundamental Discoveries in Heterogeneous Catalysis Focus Topic (HC) sessions beginning on Tuesday afternoon and running throughout the rest of the week. Tuesday’s SS poster session features the finalists for the Morton M. Traum Surface Science Division Student Award.
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Thin Films (TF)

The Thin Film Division offers several core oral sessions and one poster session. A broad range of outstanding invited speakers will touch on topics across the breadth of thin film science, technology and applications. There are several sessions dedicated to thin film deposition and processing, including energy conversion and storage, electronics, photovoltaics, 3D and extreme geometries,  precursors, surface reactions, memory, magnetics and organic-inorganic hybrid materials. These sessions highlight basic science and the pursuit of applications. Furthermore, we offer sessions on in-situ diagnostics for CVD and ALD processes, organic-inorganic interface engineering and modeling of thin film processes. There will also be new sessions around emerging applications and thin film processes for flexible electronics and IoT. We are also excited to announce, in collaboration with the Plasma Science & Technology Division, a new session track on Atomic Layer Processing (ALP), to highlight the synergy between ALD and ALE.  Abstracts are solicited on topics ranging from atomic layer etching (plasma or thermal), area selective deposition, chemistry and surface reactions for ALP and integration of ALD and ALE. Other relevant ALP topics also include area selective patterning, plasma-enhanced ALD, emerging applications, diagnostics and high volume manufacturing of ALP. Again this year, we will host a student-focused session to highlight the Harper Award candidates in which the student finalists will present their work in an interactive “TEDTalk” type of forum.  Finally, we will host a special session in honor of Paul Holloway to celebrate his contributions to the AVS: Luminescent Materials Growth, Synthesis and Characterization.

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Vacuum Technology (VT)

The Vacuum Technology Division (VTD) provides a forum for research in achieving, maintaining, measuring, and analyzing vacuum across a wide range of pressures, gas compositions and applications.  The 2018 VT oral program topics include:
  1. Vacuum Measurement
  2. Vacuum Pumping and Outgassing
  3. Large Vacuum System and Accelerator Vacuum Technology
  4. Vacuum System Design and Automation
The VTD Poster session Tuesday evening features the VT Student Poster Competition, with a first place award of up to $500, where students of any discipline are invited to share their innovative solutions to vacuum equipment challenges. Student presenter awards will also be given for the best oral presentations.  To be eligible for a student prize, the presenter must be registered as a student and present the work in a VTD poster or oral session.
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