Surface Science Division

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


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About the Division:

Our interests lie in both theoretical and experimental studies in the following areas:
  • Chemical reactions on surfaces (adsorption, desorption, catalysis, etching, oxidation and passivation, etc.)
  • Surface spectroscopies using ions, electrons or photons
  • Growth and physical structure of surfaces and interfaces
  • Electronic structure of surfaces and interfaces

Our tradition and culture are rooted primarily in studies of atomically-clean and well-characterized surfaces in ultra-high vacuum, and our part of the annual AVS International Symposium remains a prime venue for presenting such work. However, we are happy to include surface- and interface-related research done in low-vacuum or "no-vacuum" environments such as liquids. Our past focus has been mainly on metals, semiconductors and oxides. We are also very much interested in organic, nano- and bio-materials as well as in other novel materials of technological importance.