Focus Topics             



 Actinides and Rare Earths exhibit many unique and diverse physical, chemical and magnetic properties, due in large part to the complexity of their 5f and 4f electronic structure. These Special Topic Sessions will focus upon the chemistry, physics and material science in the Lanthanide and Actinide materials, driven by the 4f and 5f electronic structure. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the 4f/5f magnetic structure, surface science and thin film properties and their applications to energy related issues. For the actinides, fundamental actinide science and its role 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, waste remediation and waste disposal. Both basic and applied experimental approaches, including synchrotron- radiation-based and neutron-based investigations, as well as theoretical modeling computational simulations, are to be part of the Special Sessions. Of particular importance are the issues connected to potential renaissance in Nuclear Energy, including fuel synthesis, oxidation, corrosion, intermixing, stability in extreme environments, prediction of properties via bench-marked simulations, separation science, environmental impact and disposal of waste products. The shared sessions will be with MIND, Surface Science, Thin Films and Energy Frontiers. Invited Speakers include: P.M. Oppeneer; Uppsala University, Sweden; T. Durakiewicz, Los Alamos National Laboratory; L. Havela; Charles University, Prague, CR; P.S. Bagus; University of North Texas; D.L. Pugmire, Los Alamos National Laboratory; M. Schmidt, Argonne National Laboratory; P.C. Burns; University of Notre Dame; S.W. Yu, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and G.M. Stocks; Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Session Code

Session Title
AC+MI-WeA Magnetic and Electron Correlation Effects in Actinides and Rare Earths
Tomasz Durakiewicz, Los Alamos National Lab
Ladislav Havela, Charles Univ., Czech Republic
Peter M. Oppeneer, Uppsala University, Sweden
AC+SS-ThM The Surface Science of Actinides and Rare Earths
Paul Bagus, University of North Texas
David Pugmire, Los Alamos National Lab
AC+TF-ThA The Structure, Properties and Chemistry of Thin Films of Actinides and Rare Earths
Moritz Schmidt, Argonne National Laboratory


Opportunities in regenerative medicine, point-of-care diagnosis, and toxicological analysis of drugs emphasize the need for fabrication methods that accommodate labile biological materials, allow spatially-controlled assembly in 2 and 3 dimensions, and yield adaptive/responsive structures that can promote cell proliferation and tissue differentiation. Biofabrication refers to the design, construction and performance of such biologically-relevant structures, and advances in biofabrication often reside at the interface between the physical, chemical and biological sciences, and engineering. This focus topic addresses the use of biological materials and mechanisms for bottom-up hierarchical assembly as well as methods to fabricate materials with controlled architectures (e.g., through rapid prototyping or microfluidic contacting), approaches for cell and tissue printing, interfacing of biology to electronics, and the evolution of structure and function (e.g., in response to cell-matrix interactions or due to biological activities).

Session Code

Session Title
BN+NM-TuM Biofabrication Applications
William Bentley, U. of Maryland, College Park
Michael L. Shuler, Cornell University
BN-TuA Biofabrication Methods and Devices
Ali Khademhosseini, Brigham and Women’s Hospital,
Harvard Medical School, MIT, and Harvard Univ.
BN-TuP Biofabrication and Novel Devices Poster Session


Electron transport in low-dimensional materials is the key to the novel applications of nanomaterials in electronic and energy technologies. Due to the restricted dimensionality, one distinctive character of these systems is that the transport properties are critically dependent on the structural details. Therefore, an important requirement for transport research of a specific low dimensional system is to examine its structures and properties in a coherent manner. The Electron Transport (ET) Focus Topic sessions provide a forum for the discussions on fundamental transport properties of electrons and the correlations with the structures, especially defect structures in low-dimensional materials. The ET topic encompasses both fundamental transport phenomena and material applications in electronics and nanotechnology. Materials of interest include metal, semiconductor, complex oxide and carbon based nanostructures, confined in the forms of nanodots, nanowires, nanojunctions, interfaces, and grain/domain boundaries. The oral sessions will start on Monday morning with four invited talks on the fundamental transport phenomena in 0-, 1-, 2-D systems. It will continue on Tuesday morning with a focus on the defect scattering effects in nanoelectronics, interconnect, and carbon nanotubes and graphene structures. A number of transport characterization capabilities with nanoscale spatial resolution, including STM, AFM, luminescence, Raman, and mesoscopic transport, have been utilized to study structure and transport property relationships. This focus topic is co-sponsored by the Nanometer-scale Science and Technology Division, Surface Science Division, and the Electronic Materials and Processing Division, and Graphene Focus Topic.

Session Code

Session Title
ET+EM+SS-MoM Quantum Transport: From 0- to 2-Dimensions
Arthur Baddorf, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Harold Baranger, Duke University
Shuji Hasegawa, University of Tokyo, Japan
Hanno H. Weitering, U of Tennessee and ORNL
ET+EM+NS+GR-TuM Electron Behaviors in Nanoelectronics, Interconnect, and Carbon-based Materials
Stephen Cronin, U of Southern California
Tae-Hwan Kim, POSTECH, South Korea


In response to growing interests in the fundamental science and technology of energy conversion and storage, AVS has organized a week-long conference on energy related research topics. The Energy Frontiers focus topic conference will dovetail into this year’s American Institute of Physics Industrial Physics Forum (AIP-IPF) where the theme will also be energy. On Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning AIP-IPF will feature two sessions with all invited talks. These talks will be given by prominent leaders in the energy field and emphasize sustainability and materials. The talks will cover a wide range of energy sources from photovoltaics to nuclear energy. The talks will cover a wide range of topics, from photovoltaics and photocatalysis to materials and thin films for energy conversion and storage, including nanostructured materials such as nanoparticles and nanowires. The week will begin with sessions on thermophotovoltaics, plasmonics and thermoelectrics, electron transfer processes at interfaces and third generation photovoltaics including solar cells based on quantum dots and nanaowires. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the focus will shift to thin film solar cells. There will be sessions on solar cells based on silicon, organic materials and chalcogenides. The sessions on solar cells will culminate on Thursday with an all-invited session on photovoltaics manufacturing. Thursday will include a full day of talks on lithium ion batteries and fuel cells. Following the tradition of AVS science and technology, applied and fundamental talks are interspersed.

The Industrial Physics Forum (IPF), an American Institute of Physics (AIP) outreach event hosted at AIP member society meetings is returning after a three year hiatus for the fourth time to the AVS International Symposium with the topic “Energy: Transition to a Sustainable Future”. The topic of energy at the AVS International Symposium is an ever increasing presence as evidenced by the large number of energy related topical sessions. The IPF was devised to stimulate communication and encourage networking and cooperation among scientists and engineers from industry, academia and national laboratories, as well as to enhance the appreciation by IPF attendees of the opportunities in the non-academic sector, the largest employer of technical and scientific personnel.

By design this year’s IPF on “Energy: Transition to a Sustainable Future” is composed of select topics that address not only global issues necessary to gain a proper perspective of the intricate interdependence of scientific, technical and geopolitical issues that constrain or redirect development towards a sustainable energy future, but also address specific technical challenges and novel approaches to energy supply issues, some of which are not typically covered at the AVS Symposium. The IPF thus serves as a lead-in into the more detailed talks presented throughout the Symposium week.

The IPF consists of three sessions of all invited talks: 1) “Energy: Global Prospects”, 2) “The Electric Economy: The Supply/Demand Challenge”, and 3) “Materials for a Sustainable Future”. The total of 13 invited speakers from industry (6), academia (5) and national labs (2) include internationally acclaimed experts in energy policy and electric infrastructure, energy strategy leaders from industry and national laboratories with diverse scientific and technical responsibilities for future technologies, as well as prominent researchers in leading-edge energy sciences and technology covering bio-systems, energy storage technologies and nano-structural application to energy issues. The talks will stress the scientific and technical hurdles
facing the energy supply challenge and the status of emerging technologies anticipated to be needed for a sustainable energy future.

The Energy Frontiers Focus Topic Sessions and a list of invited speakers are as follows.

Session Code

Session Title
EN+PS-MoM Plasmas for Photovoltaics & Energy Applications
Erwin Kessels, Eindhoven U of Tech, Netherlands
Suk Jae Yoo, Natl Fusion Res Inst, Korea
EN-MoM Industrial Physics Forum on Energy I
William Hogan, Harvard University
Omkaram Nalamasu, Applied Materials, Inc.
Aristides Patrinos, Synthetic Genomics (SGI)
Edward Steinfeld, MIT
Ellen Williams, BP plc, UK
EN+EM+NS-MoA Nanostructured Materials for Third Generation Solar Cells
Ethan Klem, RTI International
EN-MoA Industrial Physics Forum on Energy II
John Kassakian, MIT
Harold McFarlane, Idaho Natl Laboratory
Mark Perry, Nissan Americas
Gary Yang, Pacific Northwest Natl Lab
EN+NS-TuM Ultrafast Charge and Energy Transfer in Nanomaterials
Victor Klimov, Los Alamos National Lab
William Tisdale, MIT
Emily Weiss, Northwestern University
EN-TuM  Industrial Physics Forum on Energy III
Todd R. Allen, Univ of Wisconsin, Madison
Stacey Bent, Stanford University
Gregory Meisner, GM Res & Development
Sally Swanson, IBM Almaden Research Ctr
EN+NS-TuA Nanostructured Materials for Thermophotovoltaics, Thermoelectrics & Plasmonics
Rana Biswas, Iowa State U & Ames LabUS DOE
David Norris, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Rachel Segalman, Univ of California, Berkeley
Dmitri Talapin, University of Chicago
EN+TF-TuA Thin Films for Solar Cells
Liwei Li, ENN Solar Energy Co. Ltd.
Craig Taylor, Colorado School of Mines
Baojie Yan, United Solar Ovonic LLC
EN+EM+NS-WeM Quantum Dot and Nanowire Solar Cells
Michael Filler, Georgia Inst of Technology
Ali Javey, University of California Berkeley
Uwe Kortshagen, University of Minnesota
EN+NS-WeM Organic Photovoltaics
Marc Baldo, MIT
EN1+TF-WeA Thin Film Chalcogenide Solar Cells (CIGS, CZTS, CdTe and Related Materials)
David Mitzi, IBM T.J. Watson Research Ctr
EN2+TF-WeA Thin Films for Solar Fuels
Kevin Sivula, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de
Lausanne, Switzerland
EN+NS-ThM Nanostructures for Energy Storage and Fuel Cells
Khalil Amine, Argonne National Laboratory
Jianyu Huang, Sandia National Laboratories
Andreas Stein, University of Minnesota
EN+MS+VT-ThA Photovoltaics Manufacturing
Salah Bedair, North Carolina State University
Pradeep Haldar, College of Nanoscale Sci & Engrg and U.S. Photovoltaic Mfg Consortium
Lindsey V. Maness, Jr., South Park Platinum
Eric Seymour, Advanced Energy Industries
EN+NS-ThA Nanostructures for Energy Storage and Fuel Cells II
Fritz Prinz, Stanford University
EN-ThP Energy Frontiers Poster Session
EN+AC-FrM Materials Challenges for Nuclear Energy
Peter Burns, University of Notre Dame
G. Malcolm Stocks, Oak Ridge Natl Lab
Sung Woo Yu, Lawrence Livermore Natl Lab


Graphene, one-atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms, has attracted an enormous attention due to its unique physical and chemical properties, which open up exciting avenues for both fundamental research and novel applications. The AVS focus topic on graphene and related materials, is an interdisciplinary forum, which will review the world-wide effort in exploring the fundamental properties of graphene, its synthesis, characterization, processing and applications. This year’s program consists of 10 Focus Topic sessions co-sponsored by 9 AVS divisions, which will highlight recent major breakthroughs, progress, and challenges in rapidly developing the science and technology of graphene.

Our program will start on Monday morning with the session on graphene growth and invited talk by L. Colombo on atomic layer growth on graphene. Monday afternoon’s session on graphene’s electronic properties and charge transport will include two invited talks by D. Gunlycke “Electronic and magnetic properties of line defect” and M. Fuhrer “Graphene: scratching the surface”. Our session on graphene’s optical properties, optoelectronics and photonics will start with an invited talk “Graphene optoelectronics: from ultrafast lasers to flexible displays” by A. Ferrari. On Tuesday afternoon we will run two parallel graphene sessions “Graphene on Dielectrics, Graphene Transfer to Novel substrates” and “Graphene: Magnetic Properties and Spin-Dependent Phenomena”, the latter will begin with the invited talk “Magnetic impurities on graphene” by K. Kern. On Wednesday morning, the session on graphene’s mechanical and thermal properties will begin with invited talk by P. McEuen “Graphene atomic membranes: from patchwork quilts to atomic drums”. The Wednesday afternoon session on graphene’s characterization will feature two invited talks, by J. Rabe on scanning probe and optical microscopy of graphenes on molecular layers, and by N. Guisinger on graphene synthesis, characterization and processing. Graphene’s surface chemistry, functionalization, plasma processing and sensor applications will be highlighted at the session on Thursday morning which will include an invited talk by J. Robinson “Tailoring graphene’s properties through chemistry”. Thursday afternoon session on graphene nanoribbons and related structures will begin with the invited talk on rationally-patterned large-area semiconducting graphene materials by M. Arnold. The graphene and related materials focus topic program will conclude with the session on graphene device physics and applications, which include invited talk by J.U. Lee on fabrication and characterization of graphene p-n junction devices.

Session Code

Session Title
GR-MoM Graphene Growth
Luigi Colombo, Texas Instruments Inc.
GR+TF+ET-MoA Graphene: Electronic Properties and Charge Transport
Michael Fuhrer, U of Maryland College Park
Daniel Gunlycke, Naval Research Lab
GR+EM-TuM Graphene: Optical Properties, Optoelectonics and Photonics
Andrea Ferrari, Univ of Cambridge, UK
GR+MI-TuA Graphene: Magnetic Properties and Spin-Dependent Phenomena
Klaus Kern, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany
GR-TuA Graphene on Dielectrics, Graphene Transfer to Novel Substrates
GR-TuP Graphene and Related Materials Focus Topic Poster Session
GR+MN-WeM Graphene: Mechanical and Thermal Properties, Graphene MEMS and NEMS
Paul McEuen, Cornell University
GR-WeA Graphene Characterization including Microscopy and Spectroscopy
Nathan Guisinger, Argonne National Lab
Jürgen Rabe, Humboldt U Berlin, Germany
GR+NS+PS+SS-ThM Graphene: Surface Chemistry, Functionalization,
Plasma Processing and Sensor Applications

Jeremy Robinson, Naval Research Lab
GR+TF+NS-ThA Graphene Nanoribbons and Related Structures
Michael Arnold, U of Wisconsin-Madison
GR+MS+EM-FrM Graphene Device Physics and Applications
Ji Ung Lee, University at Albany-SUNY



Focused Topic on Helium Ion Microscopy (HIM) provides a forum for scientists working with Helium Ion Microscopes and those interested in its prospects and capabilities. The Focus Topic starts with a keynote presentation by John Notte (Carl Zeiss) on “Principles of Helium Ion Microscopy”, in which the fundamentals of this recently developed imaging and lithography technique are reviewed. In the following “HI1: Basics of Helium Ion Microscopy” session, experimental aspects such as UHV-HIM, HIM-lithography as well as theoretical treatments of ion-materials interactions and secondary electron emission by Helium ions are covered. Another highlight of the session is the invited talk by David Bell (Harvard) on “Contrast Performance in Helium Ion Microscopy”. The HIM is capable to image conductive as well as insulating samples without special treatment, in particular it allows imaging of unstained biomaterials and cell surfaces. In the session “HI2: Nano- and Bio- Imaging with Helium Ion Microscopy” this capability is further explored by demonstrating the wide range of HIM imaging of diverse objects. Invited talks by Hongzhou Zhang (Dublin), Shinchi Ogawa (AIST, Japan), and Dan Pickard (Singapore) explore the aspects of Nano- and Bio- Imaging and Nanomodification with HIM. Examples of imaging semiconductors, nanoparticles and nanomembranes with helium ions are given. In the poster session “HI3: Aspects of Helium Ion Microscopy” a wide range of imaging and lithography aspects is shown: nanopores, nanomembranes, biological tissues and Self-Assembled Monolayers. This is accompanied by a poster presentation on the novel “NIM: Neon Ion Microscopy”. HIM has the potential to become the routine microscopy for material science and nanotechnology, as well as in life science and biotechnology. The focused topic covers all aspects of science currently explored with the HIM, ranging from image formation and contrast mechanisms to materials imaging, bioimaging and lithography.

Session Code

Session Title
HI+AS-TuA Basics of Helium Ion Microscopy
David Bell, Harvard University
John Notte, Carl Zeiss NTS
HI-TuP Aspects of Helium Ion Microscopy Poster Session
HI+AS+BI+NS-WeM Nano- and Bio- Imaging with Helium Ion Microscopy
Shinichi Ogawa, AIST, Japan
Daniel Pickard, Natl Univ of Singapore
Hongzhou Zhang, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland




Characterization of complex systems, such as advanced materials, living tissues, and dynamic operational devices are challenging goals for research spanning a variety of scientific disciplines. Often, samples of the system are captured and analyzed at various locations in the system and at various times during the normal course of evolution, methodically ex post facto. However, this approach can be costly, and it can lead to an incomplete picture of a material or process, resulting is mistaken conclusions. A long-standing but nevertheless fast-growing area of research seeks to circumvent these limitations by creating controlled and miniaturized environments for observing dynamic materials structure and properties in situ during advanced characterization. Such environments can include, but are not limited to: gas or liquid environments, applied stress, variable temperature processing, electric and magnetic fields, and electromagnetic radiation (from MHz up through optical frequencies)

This symposium presents some of the most advanced techniques seeking to further the capabilities of in-situ characterization and diagnostic tools and to present some of the surprising new conclusions that these studies have produced. The first session highlights investigations of gas-solid reactions, showcasing some systems at the forefront of catalysis science. The second session focuses on all-solid systems. Here, there is an emphasis on non-uniform structures, such as defects and interfaces. These play key roles in the deformation and annealing of materials and the growth of solid thin films on surfaces. The third session focuses on organic and biological systems and other liquid-solid interface systems. Here new results on the evolution of surfaces and the imaging of whole and living tissues with high resolution electron microscopy will be presented. Overall, the symposium should give a feel for the existing capabilities and moreover, should inspire new and collaborative research directions.

Session Code

Session Title
IS+AS+SS-MoM In Situ Studies of Catalysis and Gas-Solid Reactions
Anatoly Frenkel, Yeshiva University
IS+AS+SS-MoA In Situ Characterization of Solids: Film Growth, Defects, and Interfaces
Guus Rijnders, U of Twente, Netherlands
Ian Robertson, U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
IS+AS+SS-TuM In Situ Studies of Organic and Soft Materials and Liquid-Solid interfaces
Niels De Jonge, Vanderbilt U School of Medicine
Miquel Salmeron, LBNL
IS-TuP In Situ Spectroscopy and Microscopy Focus Topic Poster Session



In the marine environment, a broad diversity of organisms robustly adhere to many types of surfaces as an adaptation for survival. Unfortunately, ship hulls and other man-made structures tend to provide ideal substrates for settlement of these biofouling organisms, causing billions in additional annual costs from decreased performance and for biofoulant removal. Toxic antifouling coatings have been highly effective as they are able to non-specifically kill the many different types of organisms which come in contact, but are being banned due to their environmental harm. Therefore, environmentally friendly methods to defeat marine biofouling are in great need, but present highly difficult and complex problems to achieve. This focus topic will provide an interdisciplinary forum on research aimed at achieving effective, long-lasting antifouling methods that are environmentally friendly. On the organism side of the issue, presentations will focus on interfacial aspects of marine biofouling, with topics ranging from the chemistry of bioadhesive interfaces to the effects of substrate morphologies on bioadhesion. On the coatings side, a session will be held in conjunction with the biomaterial interfaces and plasma science and technology divisions. Topics will include advances in environmentally friendly coatings strategies, materials, and surface functionalities, as well as the assessment of coating effectiveness towards fouling organisms.

Session Code

Session Title
MB-MoM Interfacial Aspects of Marine Biofouling
Robert Lamb, Univ. of Melbourne, Australia
Jim McQuillan, U Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
MB+BI+PS-MoA Marine Antifouling Coatings
John A. Schetz, U of North Texas Health Science Ctr
Dean Webster, North Dakota State Univ.



The AVS-58 Nanomanufacturing Science and Technology program has been developed through a collaboration between the Manufacturing Science and Technology Group, the MEMS/NEMS group, the Nanoscale Science Division, and the Thin Film Division. This program highlights the AVS’s strength in bringing together basic science and applied technology to support cutting edge industry. To move forward from bench-top demonstration to full-scale production, scalable, high-throughput, controllable processes are needed. Invited speakers from the NSF, academia, and the DOD will highlight the challenges facing sustainable nanomanufacturing in our Monday afternoon session scheduled with extended discussion periods. Presentations of work in the areas of scalable devices, top-down and bottom-up high-throughput processes, metrology methods, and environmental concerns for sustainable nanomanufacturing are scheduled.

Session Code

Session Title
NM+MS+NS+TF-MoM ALD for Nanomanufacturing
Jill Becker, Cambridge NanoTech, Inc.
Eric Dickey, Lotus Applied Technology
Steven M. George, U of Colorado Boulder
Gert Leusink, TEL Tech Ctr America, LLC
NM+MS-MoA Challenges Facing Nanomanufacturing (All Invited Session)
John Busbee, Wright-Patterson AFBase
Mihail Roco, NSF
Mark Tuominen, U of Massachusetts Amherst
NM+MN+MS+TF-TuM Lithography Strategies for Nanomanufacturing
Michael Guillorn, IBM T.J. Watson Res Ctr
Paul Nealey, University of Wisconsin
Teri Odom, Northwestern University
NM+NS+MS-TuA Manufacturable Nanoscale Devices and Processes
Brian E. Goodlin, Texas Instruments Inc.
Brian Lu, AIXTRON Inc.
Rodney Ruoff, University of Texas at Austin
Stan Williams, Hewlett-Packard Labs
NM-TuP Nanomanufacturing Science and Technology
Poster Session
NM+AS+MS-WeM Nanomanufacturing Issues: Metrology and Environmental Concerns
Dawn Bonnell, University of Pennsylvania
Vicki Colvin, Rice University


During the past decade, neutron reflectometry has increasingly become a key technique for the investigation of a broad spectrum of thin films and multilayers. The program of the topical Conference on Neutron Scattering will feature recent pioneering results on the application of neutron reflectometry for the investigation of magnetic, polymer and biological thin films. This year’s program includes sessions addressing fundamental science topics such as: (i) Magnetic nanosystems and thin films; (ii) Neutron scattering for energy conversion; and (iii) Biological interfaces, membranes and thin films. The sessions will be introduced by the invited talks by Prof. Thomas Brueckel from Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany on “A Deeper Look into Spintronic Material Systems with Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation”, Prof. Chris Leighton from the University of Minnesota on “Nanoscopic Magnetic Phase Separation at the SrTiO3(001)/La1-xSrxCoO3 Interface”, Prof.J.B. Chlistunoff from Los Alamos National Laboratory will talk on “Electrochemical and Neutron Reflectometry Studies of Nafion-Carbon-Platinum Interfaces”. The application of neutron scattering to biological systems will be highlighted by invited talks of Prof. E. Y. Chi, University of New Mexico on “Interaction of Alzheimer’s Disease Tau Protein with Model Lipid Membranes”, Prof. Maikel Rheinstädter from McMaster University, Canada on “Nanobiology: Membranes and Proteins in Motion” and Prof. Michael Kent, on Cellulase enzyme cocktails.
Considerable advancements in the instrument performance, sample environment and data analysis make it possible to obtain with nano-meter accuracy information about the depth-dependent composition and in-plane correlations in thin films, multilayers and nanostructures.

Session Code

Session Title
NT-TuP Neutron Scattering Poster Session
NT+AS+MI-WeM Applications of Neutron Scattering I
Thomas Brueckel, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Chris Leighton, Univ. of Minnesota
Maikel Rheinstädter, McMaster U, Canada and Canadian Neutron Beam Ctre, Canada
NT+AS-WeA Applications of Neutron Scattering II
Eva Y. Chi, Univ. of New Mexico
Jerzy Chlistunoff, Los Alamos Natl Lab
Michael Kent, Sandia National Labs



The Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Focus Topic will provide a fertile terrain of discussion and exchange on the most recent progresses in the field of spectroscopic ellipsometry. Given the extensive, yet complementary interest of the AVS community in material science and characterization, in the physics and chemistry principles at the basis of surface modification and (thin) film growth, and in novel applications, the Focus Topic will host three oral sessions and a poster session. The following research areas will be highlighted: Spectroscopic Ellipsometry of Biological Materials and Organic Films; Spectroscopic Ellipsometry for Photovoltaics, Metals and Inorganic Thin Films; Spectroscopic Ellipsometry: Future Directions and New Techniques.
Furthermore, the Focus Topic Program Committee will award the three best contributed papers given by graduate students and young postdoc researchers. The Committee gratefully acknowledges J.A. Woollam Co., Inc. for sponsoring the awards.

Session Code

Session Title
EL+AS+EM+MS+ PS+TF-ThM Spectroscopic Ellipsometry of Biological Materials & Organic Films
Klaus-Jochen Eichhorn, Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V., Germany
EL+AS+EM+MS+PS+TF-ThA Spectroscopic Ellipsometry for Photovoltaics, Metals and Oxide Thin Films
Dean Levi, National Renewable Energy Lab
EL-ThP Spectroscopic Ellipsometry Poster Session
EL+AS+EM+MS+PS+TF-FrM Spectroscopic Ellipsometry: Future Directions and New Techniques
James Hilfiker, J.A. Woollam Co., Inc.



The future of electronics is moving toward greater versatility, e.g., via printability and/or flexibility over large areas while maintaining or enhancing the properties of functional elements such as transparent conductors. This focus topic addresses research on a range of transparent and printable electronics, from conductors to complete transistors. Presentations address synthesis, growth, fabrication, theory, characterization, and processing of transparent and printable electronics, based on both novel and more established materials. Topics include growth, processing and characterization of TCOs, alternative approaches to transparent conductors, printable metals, and processing and characterization of printable transistors. The sessions will begin with talks on growth, processing, and modeling of TCOs, highlighted by an invited talk by S.-H. Wei of NREL on multi-component TCOs. Transparent and printable transistors, highlighted by invited talks by H. von Wenckstern of Universität Leipzig and J. Wager of Oregon State University, are emphasized in the second session. A poster session will also be held in the evening to complement the oral sessions.

Session Code

Session Title
TC+AS+EM-ThM Transparent /Printable Electronics Part 1
Manuel Quevedo-Lopez, U of Texas Dallas
Su-Huai Wei, Natl Renewable Energy Lab
TC+EM+NS-ThA Transparent / Printable Electronics Part 2
Holger von Wenckstern, U Leipzig, Germany
John Wager, Oregon State University
TC-ThP Transparent Conductors & Printable Electronics Poster Session



The Tribology Focus Topic (TR) program will feature topics including novel tribological materials advanced tribological measurements, characterization of tribological interfaces, atomistic and multi-scale modeling of friction and wear events, and evaluation of environmental influences, with individual sessions jointly sponsored by Applied Surface Science (AS) and Surface Science. Presentations will carry a materials focus in areas such as biomaterials, thin film deposition, solid lubricants, nanocomposites designed for tribological function, self-healing interfaces, and wear-resistant polymers. 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. Invited speakers will specifically address the tribology of biological, low-wear, and nanocomposite interface and state of the art modeling developments. In addition to the three oral sessions, we will have a poster session, which will provide an opportunity for personal exchange and discussion of results with colleagues.

Session Code

Session Title
TR-WeA Emerging Interfaces of Tribological Importance
David Burris, University of Delaware
W. Gregory Sawyer, University of Florida
TR+AS+SS-ThM Atomic-scale Characterization of Tribological Interfaces
Michael Falk, Johns Hopkins University
TR-ThA Advanced Tribological Materials
Thomas Scharf, University of North Texas
TR-ThP Tribology Focus Topic Poster Session Transparent/
Printable Electronics Part 2


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