Prairie Chapter AVS

Advancing the Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing

The American Vacuum Society (AVS) Prairie Chapter is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to advancing the science and technology of vacuum, materials, surfaces, interfaces, thin films, and plasmas. The AVS promotes communication, dissemination of knowledge, recommended practices, research, and education in the use of vacuum and other controlled environments to develop new materials, process technology, devices, and related understanding of material properties for the betterment of humanity.

The AVS comprises 10 technical divisions, 2 technical groups, 15 local-area chapters, and about 6,000 members worldwide.

The Prairie Chapter covers Illinois, Indiana, and eastern Wisconsin. We serve members and their community through:

  • Meetings & symposia
  • Invited speakers
  • Short courses
  • Educational outreach
  • Equipment exhibits
  • Student awards