This Symposium focuses on surfaces, coatings and free standing architectures with specific surface functionalities. The content encompasses materials growth and structure; fundamentals of operation; design of novel materials; production, processing and integration into products and devices; and characterization of advanced functionality and sustainable development for a range of applications divided into the following sessions.
C1. Optical Materials and Thin Films
Current applications of optical materials, thin films, and advanced structured materials, impose extreme demands on their synthesis and performance. The optimization of these devices, from design to applications, can be facilitated by optical characterization methods such as spectrophotometry, ellipsometry, scatterometry, interferometry, vibrational spectroscopies, near-field microscopies and other light-matter interactions. We welcome contributions in the design, synthesis, characterization, and applications of thin films and nanostructures for optical applications.
C1. Invited Speakers:
- Jiri Houska, University of West Bohemia, Czechia, “Design of High-Performance VO2-Based Thermochromic Coatings, and Pathway for Their Industry-Friendly Preparation”
- Jeremy Munday, University of California at Davis, USA, “Nanophotonics Meets Quantum Technology for Clean Energy Devices”
C2. Thin Films for Electronic Devices
This session is dedicated to functional thin films targeted for applications in active or passive thin film-based devices utilizing electronic, optical, magnetic, piezoelectric, and similar properties, and also addresses functional improvements using thin film coatings for electronic or semiconductor fabrication components. Material characteristics like electrical and thermal conductivity, optical and magnetic properties as well as thermal stability, oxidation, corrosion and wear resistance are considered. Application-related contributions are solicited addressing both experimental and theoretical studies on the design of film properties and processes to control growth, microstructure, phase changes, diffusion processes and oxidation protection, and corrosion and wear resistance aimed at a specific device or component performance.
C2. Invited Speakers:
- W.W.M. Erwin Kessels, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, “Thermal and Plasma-Enhanced Atomic Layer Deposition for Nanoscale Coatings”
- Thomas Ponnuswamy, Lam Research Corp., USA, “Advancements in Metallic Interconnects for the Semiconductor Industry”
- Marcel A. Wall, Intel Corporation, USA, “Developing Electronic Materials with an Eye Towards Packaging”
C3. Thin Films for Energy Storage and Conversion
This session focuses on the materials science, physics, chemistry, and device engineering of thin films and nanostructures for energy conversion and storage applications. These include batteries, fuel cells, thermoelectrics, photovoltaics, as well as thermal energy and hydrogen storage solutions. The session will cover both theoretical and experimental work on the design, processing, and performance of novel material systems, which may include inorganic group IV, III-V, and II-VI semiconductors, organic semiconductors, oxides, nitrides and novel compounds of earth-abundant elements. We welcome contributions to recent developments in physical and chemical phenomena, processing of new materials, and novel device concepts in renewable energy technologies.
C3. Invited Speaker:
- Maarit Karppinen, Aalto University, Finland, “Atomic/Molecular Layer Deposition (ALD/MLD) of Novel Layer-Engineered Inorganic-Organic Thin Film Materials for Emerging Energy Technologies”
- Lane W. Martin, University of California, Berkeley, USA, “Designing Optimal Crystal and Electronic Structures for High Ionic Conductivity and Surface Catalytic Reactions”
C4: Photo- and Electrochemically Active Surfaces
This session focusses on materials design, production and characterization for a range of photochemical, electrochemical and photo-electrochemical surface functionalities; including, but not limited to photocatalysis, electrolysis, chemical and biological sensors, water splitting, battery technologies, supercapacitors, self-cleaning materials, antimicrobial surfaces, chemical synthesis, pollution remediation, and super-hydrophilic surfaces. Contributions relating to scientific fundamentals of the materials as well as applications-led content are welcome.
C4 Invited Speakers:
- Valentim Barão, UNICAMP – University of Campinas, Brazil, “Shedding Light on Implant Biointerfaces: Designing Innovative Photocatalytic Coatings Towards Cell-Assisting and Bacteria-Killing Functions on Titanium”
- Josef Krysa, University of Chemistry and Technology, Czechia, “Hematite and Titania Thin Films: Energy and Environmental Applications”