Greetings

On behalf of the entire AVS community, we welcome you to the AVS 65th International Symposium and Exhibition (AVS 65) in beautiful Long Beach, California.  We have an exciting slate of programming planned and wish you a productive and exciting week filled with discussions, new insights, and networking opportunities as you enjoy both the technical program and related activities.
 
This year’s Symposium features a variety of topics, both time-honored and novel, across sixteen parallel sessions. The theme for this year is “Materials, Interfaces and Process Technology for the IoT Era” based on the predicted explosion of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the coming years and promises to be more exciting and forward-looking than ever. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Kim Chaffin, Distinguished Scientist and Bakken Fellow in Strategic and Scientific Operations at Medtronic, plc, presenting the Plenary Lecture Monday evening on “The Internet of Things: Shaping the Future of the Medical Device Industry.” New for this year, we will also have a Plenary Panel, immediately following the Plenary Lecture, to discuss the potential impact of IoT and areas of AVS engagement.  Panelists include: Dr. Scott Miller – NextFlex, Prof. Subu Iyer – UCLA, Dr. Enid Kivuti – Multek Corp. and Prof. Michael Cima – MIT, who will join Dr. Chaffin to field questions and engage with the AVS community. 
 
Featured throughout the week, the IoT theme is also captured across nineteen different sessions programmed by our many Divisions, Groups and Focus Topics.  An example of these sessions includes: “Challenges of Sensor Manufacturing for the IoT,” “MEMS for IoT: Chemical and Biological Sensing,” “Thin Films for Flexible Electronics and IoT,” “CMOS, Beyond the Roadmap and Over the Cliff,” “Biofabrication, Bioanalytics, Biosensors and Diagnostics,” “Flexible Electronics,” and “Vacuum System Design and Automation.” We are sure that you will gain  new insights and knowledge as you enjoy these sessions.
 
In addition, the Symposium Program will include several special features. For example, the Plasma Science and Technology Division in collaboration with the Plasma Biology, Agriculture and Environment Focus Topic, will hold a special all-invited session on Monday afternoon titled ‘Plasma and Polymers: The Legacy of Riccardo d’Agostino and Beyond’ commemorating the Life and Career of Riccardo d’Agostino.  On Tuesday Morning, the Applied Surface Science Division will host a special session celebrating Nicholas Winograd titled “Applied Surface Science: From Electrochemistry to Cell Imaging, a Celebration of the Career of Nicholas Winograd,” while the Thin Film Division will host a special session in honor of Paul Holloway titled “Special Session in Honor of Paul Holloway: Luminescent Materials Growth, Synthesis and Characterization.”  Also on Tuesday Afternoon, the  Applied Surface Science Division program will feature another special session in celebration of Barbara Garrison, titled “The Impact of Modeling (Ion, Electron) and Data Analysis on Applied Surface Science, a Celebration of the Career of Barbara Garrison.”  On Wednesday, there will be two special all-invited sessions (morning and afternoon) titled “Current and Future Stars of the AVS Symposium” and will feature presentations from David G. Castner our AVS Medard Welch Award winner and Peter Bruggeman, our AVS Peter Mark Award winner, along with invited talks given by peer nominated ‘Future Stars’ of the AVS community.  Moreover, we are honored to host the AIP sponsored Industrial Physics Forum (IPF) once again this year and have programming closely planned alongside the Biomaterial Interfaces Division beginning Sunday afternoon with the Bio Plenary session, and continuing throughout the week.
 
Finally, we also feature programming on cutting edge topical areas. Focus Topics that will be featured at this meeting include 2D Materials (2D); Actinides and Rare Earths (AC); Fundamental Discoveries in Heterogeneous Catalysis (HC); Advanced Ion Microscopy (HI); Novel Trends in Synchrotron and FEL-Based Analysis (SA); Plasma Biology, Agriculture, and Environment (PB); Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (EL); and Tribology (TR).  New Focus Topics include In-situ Microscopy, Spectroscopy and Microfluidics (MM); Processing and Characterization of Air-Liquid, Solid-Liquid and Air-Solid Interfaces (PC); Extending Additive Manufacturing to the Atomic Scale (AM); Reconfigurable Materials and Devices for Neuromorphic Computing (RM); Advanced Nanophotonics Metrology (AN), and Materials and Processes for Quantum Computing (MP).  Lastly, all week there will be sessions across multiple divisions on Atomic Layer Processing, which highlight ongoing work in areas pertaining to the processing of materials with atomic scale precision, employing techniques such as Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), Selective Deposition, and Atomic Layer Etching (ALE).
 
The result is an exciting program that has ~165 sessions, ~1,100 talks and ~270 invited speakers complemented by lively poster sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (which include various poster presentation prizes). You will also be able to visit our extensive equipment and product exhibition, where the latest technology that enables cutting-edge research will be displayed.
 
Whether this is your first time at the AVS Symposium and Exhibition or you are returning, we invite you to take advantage of the many networking, professional development and recruitment events, as well as our AVS Member Center in Room 103C, where a variety of special AVS engagement activities and talks are planned.  Thank you for participating in AVS 65 and being part of the AVS community!
 
Finally, we extend special thanks to all the dedicated volunteers and to the exceptional AVS Staff who worked long hours to create this exciting, world-class technical program and exhibition.
 
Enjoy the week!

Eric A. Joseph
2018 Program Chair
IBM Research Division 
T.J. Watson Research Center
 
Mariadriana Creatore
2018 Program Vice-Chair
Eindhoven University of Technology 
The Netherlands




Eric A. Joseph

2018 Program Chair

 


Mariadriana Creatore

2018 Program Vice-Chair



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