The technical structure of AVS is organized as a matrix. Members can participate in one or more Divisions or Technical Groups, each of which is focused around a major topical area. Members may also participate in Chapters and Student Chapters, which are regional organizations that focus on local area needs.

Surface Science

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

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.