This Symposium focuses on surfaces, coatings, and free-standing architectures with specific 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:
MB1. Thin Films and Surfaces for Optical Applications
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 to the design, synthesis, characterization, and applications of thin films and nanostructures for optical applications.
MB1 Invited Speakers:
- Jessica Steinlechner, Maastricht University, Netherlands
MB2. Thin Films for Electronic Devices
This session explores advancements in functional thin films for electronic devices, focusing on their material characteristics such as electronic, optical, piezoelectric, magnetic, superconducting and MEMS device properties. These properties are crucial for optimizing device functionality. The session emphasizes the importance of leveraging thin film growth to tailor specific properties like electrical and thermal conductivity, optical properties, thermal and mechanical stability, and magnetic characteristics to meet diverse device requirements. Furthermore, the session covers emerging trends in the electronics industry and their implications for thin film applications. It includes advancements in CMOS and beyond CMOS nanoelectronics, advanced sensors, low-power IoT devices, solid-state lighting, and flexible displays. These developments highlight the role of functional thin films in enabling cutting-edge technologies. Scalable, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly thin film deposition processes are discussed, considering various substrates including flexible materials. The session also examines innovative thin film deposition manufacturing techniques such as vacuum-based technologies, and ink technology, along with advancements in testing and characterization methods for thin films. Join this session to gain insights into the latest research and advancements in functional thin films for electronic devices. Discover how these films enhance device performance, adapt to industry trends, and contribute to breakthroughs in sensing, connectivity, AI, and quantum computing.
MB2: Invited Speakers:
- Vimal Kamineni, PsiQuantum Ltd., USA, “Electro-optic Thin Film Switch for Silicon Photonics Quantum Computer”
- Xiuling Li, The University of Texas at Austin, USA, “Miniaturizing Passive Electronic Components by the Self-Rolled-Up Thin Film Technology”
MB3. Nanomaterial-based Thin Films and Structures
This session focuses on harnessing nanoscale phenomena and innovative deposition strategies for nanomaterial-based thin films and coatings with application-oriented functionalities. Advances in the formation and applications of thin films made of nanocrystals, nanoparticles, nanowires and other types of nanostructures, as well as the development of novel synthesis technologies will be addressed. The areas of interest include experimental, theoretical, and computational research in nanomaterial-based films with controlled properties, processing-structure-property relationships, novel application concepts or prototypes using nanoengineered structures. Thus, the session will provide a unique platform for the discussion of fundamental issues and recent developments in the synthesis of novel functional nanostructured materials as well as the ways to apply them in the next generation of research and manufacturing processes.
MB3 Invited Speakers:
- Lidia Martinez, ICMM, CSIC, Spain, “Dual Scale Structures Based on Nanocolumns and Nanoparticles”
MB4. 2D Materials: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications
This session focuses on exciting developments in the field of 2D materials, including but not limited to graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides (MoS2, WS2, etc.), BN, oxides, as well as emerging 2D carbides and nitrides. 2D materials have been extensively researched in the last decade as atomically-thin metal, semiconductor, and insulator materials with novel and extraordinary properties. Recent advances in their synthesis have provided new possibilities to tune their structure, properties, and enhance their electrical, mechanical, lubrication, and anticorrosion performances. Researchers working in the field of 2D material synthesis and processing, characterization, and applications are encouraged to submit abstracts. We seek to advance the research and development of 2D material-based coatings by connecting researchers from diverse academic and industrial backgrounds, including tribology, materials science, physics, and chemistry. Topics include controlled scalable synthesis of 2D materials, composite materials, and heterostructures, mixed 2D phases and alloys, formation and control of defects, grain boundaries, edges, interfaces, nanopores, characterization, theoretical modeling, device fabrication, post-synthesis engineering of 2D materials using chemical treatments and ion/electron beams, and applications of 2D materials in electronics, sensing, coating, friction/wear reduction, anti-corrosion, and anti-fouling.
MB4 Invited Speakers:
- Miin-Jan Cheng, National Taiwan University, Taiwan