The AVS International Symposium & Exhibition  will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center,
300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802

On behalf of the entire AVS community, we welcome you to Long Beach and the AVS 60th International Symposium and Exhibition. We wish you a productive and stimulating week filled with discussions and new insights as you enjoy the technical program and related activities.

A number of exciting, special events are planned to help us celebrate our 60th Anniversary including: The Industrial Physics Forum, a dedicated session on the History of Vacuum Technology (Tuesday morning), a Past Presidents Panel (12:00-2:00 pm, Thursday in the exhibit hall). As you review the Technical Program, you will see that many divisions, groups, and focus topics are offering historical talks in sessions. In addition, a special edition of the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A will be made available to commemorate the 60th Anniversary in the form of invited review articles.

This year, Dr. Jan-Eric Sundgren, Senior Adviser to the CEO, Volvo Group, Göteborg, Sweden, will present the plenary lecture entitled “The Role of Industry in Developing Science Policy Worldwide,” on Monday at 12:00 noon in the Grand Ballroom of the Long Beach Convention Center.

AVS is committed to developing a fundamental understanding of surfaces and interfaces through core programs in electronic and magnetic materials, micro- and nano-electromechanical systems, nano-electronics, nanometer science and technology, plasma science and technology, surface science to inter-facial phenomena, surface engineering, thin films, and vacuum science and technology. We are certain that you will find new insights and knowledge as you enjoy these foundational sessions. Enjoy!

This year's Symposium promises to be more exciting and forward-looking than ever with feature programming in cutting edge topical areas in addition to the core AVS technical program. Running concurrent with the symposium, for the 60th we have organized a range of new Focus Topics (FTs) featuring state-of-the-art research on Accelerating Materials Discovery for Global Competitiveness; Atom Probe Tomography; Biomolecules at Aqueous Interfaces; Nanoparticle-Liquid Interfaces; and Synchrotron Analysis. In addition, we have the following exciting FTs continuing in areas of Actinides and Rare Earths; Spectroscopic Ellipsometry; Energy Frontiers; Graphene and Other Related Materials; Helium Ion Microscopy; In situ Spectroscopy and Microscopy; Scanning Probe Microscopy; Transparent Conductors and Printable Electronics, and Tribology. If your work focuses on any of these leading-edge surface and interface research areas – then AVS-60 is the place to showcase your advances!

The end result is a program that consists of ~140 oral sessions, more than 1,300 talks, over 300 invited speakers, and two evenings of poster presentations where stimulating and passionate scientific discussions will be facilitated with low temperature libations. Many of us will also get a chance to visit the Exhibition Hall where ever-increasing numbers of exhibitors will be displaying their latest technology and equipment that make cutting edge science and the latest applications possible.

If this is your first time at an AVS meeting, we want to invite you to be a regular member of the AVS community. Stop by the division business meetings (most are on Tuesday in the late afternoon or early evening); get involved with next year’s programming by talking to Vince Smentkowski, who will Chair the 61st AVS Symposium in Baltimore, MD; attend the awards ceremony on Wednesday evening; stop by the AVS Publication Booth to talk to the Staff and the Editors. Take advantage of your membership and become engaged in the dynamic and diverse research community that is AVS. We encourage all participants to submit their work to our internationally recognized scholarly Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A & B ( or The only way to find out what AVS has to offer is to experience the AVS community and there is no better time to start than this week!

Thank you for your participation and contribution to this year’s AVS Symposium and thanks to all the dedicated volunteers and the outstanding AVS staff who have worked to create this exciting program.


James M. "Fitz" Fitz-Gerald
2013 Program Chair
University of Virginia

Vincent S. Smentkowski “Vin”

2013 Vice-Program Chair
General Electric Global Research Center


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