We are excited to share with you the technical program for the AVS 69th International Symposium and Exhibition (AVS 69), which will be held November 5-10, 2023, in Portland, OR. After receiving all the excellent abstracts from the international scientific community, and the hard and selfless work of our Program Committee over the last few months, we have developed an exciting and vibrant program. The Symposium program is planned as an in-person event, which will consist of 100+ exciting oral and poster sessions, as well as many opportunities for professional development, networking, collaborations, and socializing!
The theme for this year’s Symposium is “Two is Better than One: Breaking Barriers with Coupled Phenomena.” The theme is intended to highlight the recent and emerging interest throughout AVS in engineering materials and devices with novel, multifaceted functionality in small or complex form factors. Often times these properties are not naturally occurring within a single material or traditional device structure and require novel approaches to develop either new engineered materials or ways to combine different materials into a single structure. In a historical sense, this would be like optoelectronic, thermoelectric, or electromechanical materials and devices. More recently, this includes unique materials integration schemes that can apply to coupled non-linear effects, quantum acoustic devices, flexoelectric materials, and many more. It also can apply to multifunctional devices where the multiple aspects of physics and/or hybridization expand the application space, for instance with hyperbolic metamaterials, single-photon detectors, and quantum sensors. To fully realize the potential of these engineered multifunctional materials and devices, new models and characterization techniques need to be developed that can probe and explain multiple effects on different time and spatial scales, simultaneously. Specifically, here are some of the symposium sessions that highlight the theme:
- Advanced Surface Engineering: Advanced Multi-functional Thin Film Materials
- Applied Surface Science: Multi-Modal & Multi-Dimensional Analysis
- Biomaterials Plenary Session: Coupled Phenomena in Biomaterial Systems
- Electronic Materials and Photonics: CMOS+X: Piezoelectrics, Ferroelectrics and Multiferroics, and Memory
- Magnetic Interfaces and Nanostructures: Special Symposium on Coupling Phenomena in Magnetism
- Atomic Scale Processing: Integration of Deposition and Etching
Throughout the week, many of our AVS awardees will be honored with invited talks in the division or group where the award was given. Our National awardees will also be giving talks throughout the week and these are highlighted in the program. A special session will be held for the Plasma Science and Technology Division to honor 2022 awardees and AVS Fellows from that division.
In addition, there will be sessions in several innovative topical areas. Focus Topics at this meeting include: Actinides and Rare Earths; Fundamental Discoveries in Heterogeneous Catalysis; Advanced Ion Microscopy and Ion Beam Nano-Engineering; Chemical Analysis and Imaging at Interfaces; and for the first time, Theory for Surface Processes and Spectroscopies and Lab-based Ambient Pressure XPS. In addition, there will be several mini-symposiums highlighting the crosscutting nature and emerging interests of several divisions and groups in AVS. Mini-symposiums at this meeting include: Quantum Science and Technology (follows a quantum workshop on Sunday); Atomic Scale Processing; Light Sources Science; and CHIPS Act. There are also sessions spread throughout the week that based on machine learning, big data, and emerging artificial intelligence for different topical areas of AVS. These focus topics will complement our traditional strong core of fundamental surface science and interfacial phenomena, applied surface science, surface engineering, micro- and nano-electronics, nanoscale science and technology, manufacturing science and technology, thin films, plasma science and technology, micro- and nano-electromechanical systems, electronic and photonic materials, biomaterials, and vacuum science and technology.
We are sure that you will find many sessions and talks that interest you. If you missed the original abstract submission deadline or have new results that you would like to share, it is not too late! We are still open for late-breaking abstracts through September 15, 2023, to provide you with an opportunity to showcase your latest research in one of our oral or poster sessions. We encourage you to participate in this year’s Symposium by attending or presenting some of your exciting new results
In addition to the Technical Program, there will be an extensive equipment and vendor exhibition, a 5 km Run, several special workshops and professional development events, a Member Center, a Career Center, a number of social events, and many networking and career advancement and recruitment events for those launching their careers as well as for established researchers. If you are new to our AVS community, WELCOME! We are positive that you will find AVS 69 to be a great place to meet new colleagues and friends with whom to share ideas for years to come.
We look forward to seeing you at AVS 69 in Portland!
Virginia Wheeler Mark Engelhard
2023 Program Chair 2023 Program Vice-Chair