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.

Minnesota - Past Events


September 15, 2021 - AVS MN Chapter Annual Symposium 
Sponsored in part by Physical Electronics, Medtronic, Eurofins, and EAG Laboratories

Title: "Vacuum - the Enabling Science and Technology"

Invited Speakers:

  • Wan-Ju Hsu, University of Minnesota, "Vapor-Processing of Metal Halide Perovskite Thin Films and Solar Cells”
  • John Keil, University of Minnesota, “Bilayer Luminescent Solar Concentrators with Enhanced Absorption and Efficiency for Agrivoltaic Applications” 
  • Clara O. Ciutara, University of Minnesota, “Characterizing Langmuir monolayer elasticity: Amaterials science approach to treating acute respiratory distress syndrome”
  • Maya Ramamurthy, University of Minnesota, “Selective Placement of Nano crystals in Plasmonic Arrays for Tailored Directionality and Polarization of Photoluminescence” 
  • Rachael G. Farber, "Leadership, Development, and Career Opportunities for AVS Student and Early Career Professional Members.

December 8, 2020 - Lunchtime Seminar
Speaker: Dr. Carol Hirschmugl
Title: “Introducing Solid Carbon Monoxide: A 2D Material with Unique Physical and Electronic Properties”

January 22, 2020 - Dinner & Discussion Meeting
Speaker: Sally L. McArthur
Title: “Creating Toolboxes for 4D Cell Culture Systems”

October 16, 2018 - Dinner & Discussion Meeting
Speaker: Dr. Karyn L. Jarvis
Title: “Investigating the influence of substrate cleaning on the solution stability of plasma polymer films”

September 19, 2018 - AVS MN Chapter Annual Symposium 
Sponsored in part by Physical Electronics, Medtronic, 3M, and EAG Laboratories

Title: "At the Intersection of Nature and the Laboratory"

Invited Speakers:
  • Ashley Ellsworth, Physical Electronics, "Characterization of Natural Photonic Crystals in Glitterwing (Chalcopteryx rutilans) Damselfly Wings using 3D TOF-SIMS and XPS"
  • Chris Leighton, University of Minnesota, "Can We Make Solar Cells from Fool's Gold?" 
  • Liang Gong, 3M, "AFM-IR Studies of Individual Electrospun Nanofibers of Bio-based Poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate- co-(R)-3-hydroxyhexanoate] (PHBHx)"
  • Sue Okerstrom, Lichen Labs LLC, "Biomimetic Materials Research from A to Zebra"
  • Bethanie Stadler, University of Minnesota, "Magnetic Nanowires as RFID tags for Biomarkers" 
  • William Murphy, University of Wisconsin, "Customized Medical Devices for Musculoskeletal Regeneration"

March 6, 2018 - Minnesota Technical Symposium (MinnTS) at Ecolab's campus in Eagan, MN.  
Title: "Autonomous vehicle solutions.  How will driverless buses fare on Minnesota's snowy roads?  Learn about how MnDOT and artificial intelligence researchers are preparing for the future of transportation." 
Event Flyer: Annual Minnesota Technical Symposium
September 26, 2017 - AVS MN Chapter Annual Symposium 
Sponsored in part by Medtronic and Physical Electronics

Title: "Ideation to Production."

Invited Speakers:
  • Xiao-Ying Yu, Pacific Northwest National Lab, ”In Situ Molecular Imaging of Biointerfaces”
  • Jeong-Hyun Cho, University of Minnesota, "Self-assembled 3D Micro/Nano devices."
  • Kateryna Artyushkova, University of New Mexico, "X-ray Photoeletron Spectroscopy of Electrodes in Fuel Cells: Role of Surface Chemistry in Successful Industrial Applications."
  • Eliot Estrine, Seagate/University of Minnesota
  • Ross Miller, Agnitron Technology, "MOCVD Growth and Equipment Trends Driven by Next Generation Power Electronic Devices."
  • Craig Schmidt, Medtronic Energy and Component Center, "Batteries for Implantable Medical Devices: A Perspective on Challenges/Opportunities and Competing Technologies."

May 10, 2017 - Dinner & Discussion Meeting
Speaker: Kathryn A. Perrine
Title: “Designing and understanding the surface chemistry of metal oxide materials relevant to catalysis and environmental science”

April 27, 2017 - AVS UMN Student Chapter Networking Event

March 30, 2017 - Dinner and Discussion Event
Speakers: John G. Newman, Gregory L. Fisher, John S. Hammond, Scott R. Bryan, John F. Moulder, Jennifer E. Mann, Benjamin W. Schmidt, David M. Carr, Dennis F. Paul
Title: “Surface Analysis Techniques – Hope Springs Eternal”
February 17, 2016 - Dinner and Discussion Event, Speakers: Alan K. Jarmusch, Valentina Pirro, R. Graham Cooks, Purdue University
Title: “Mass Spectrometry Imaging using Laser Ablation: From Ultrashort Pulses to Portable Instruments."

Abstract | Presentation
December 7, 2015 - Dinner and Discussion Event, Speaker: Luke Hanley, University of Illinois 
Title: “Mass Spectrometry Imaging using Laser Ablation: From Ultrashort Pulses to Portable Instruments."

October 1, 2015 - Dinner and Discussion Event, Speaker: Tyler Moersch, Tru Vue
Title: “Exploring materials through combinatorial science: Case studies on how chemistry influences the formation of thin films via atomic layer deposition and chemical vapor deposition."
September 9, 2015 - AVS MN Chapter Annual Symposium and Exhibition.
2015 Abstract Booklet

Invited Speakers:
  • Morgan Alexander, University of Nottingham, “Biomaterials discovery using material microarrays: from polymer spots to devices via surface analysis”
  • Alex Shard, National Physical Laboratory, “Measuring organic shrubbery on surfaces and nanoparticles” 
  • Fred LaPlant, 3M,  “The Neglected Vacuum – techniques that need vacuum but don’t always get it”
  • Peter Ladwig, Hutchinson Technology, Inc., “Miniaturization of electromechanical medical devices using semi-additive photolithographic fabrication technologies”
  • Bharat Jalan, University of Minnesota, “Hybrid molecular beam epitaxy for functional oxide thin films and heterostructures”
  • Michael Kautzky, Seagate Technology, “Heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR): fundamentals, reliability, and the path to productization”

October 23, 2014 - Dinner and Discussion Event, Speaker : Bernie Grung, Normandale Community College

Title: “An Introduction to Micro Electro Mechanical Systems-MEMS”

September 18, 2014 - AVS MN Chapter Annual Symposium 
Sponsored in part by Medtronic and Physical Electronics
2014 Abstract Booklet

Invited Speakers:


  • Klaus Wormuth, University of Minnesota,” Surface Characterization of Drug Delivery Systems”
  • Greg Fisher, Physical Electronics, “TOF-SIMS Characterization of Biological Systems”
  • Wayne Jennings, Case Western Reserve University, “PdSn Nanoparticle Characterization by Auger and TOF-SIMS”
  • Russ Holmes, University of Minnesota, ” Recent Advances in OLED Films”
  • Angus Rockett, Univeristy of Illinois @ Urbana Champaign, “Surface Analysis of Chalcopyrite Semiconductors for Photovoltaic Applications”
  •  Mark Breyen, Medtronic, ” Materials Needs in the Medical Device Industry”

August 23, 2014 - Summer Social Outing Event, Lawn bowling and dinner
May 29, 2014 - Dinner and Discussion Event, Speaker : Amir Masoud Soleimanpour, Tru Vue
Title: “State of the Art - Nanocrystalline Metal Oxide Gas Sensors”
March 27, 2014 - Event: MinnTS :  12th Annual Minnesota Technical Symposium
Coordinated by 13 local technical societies  

Invited Speakers:
  • “From Stool Transplants to Microbiota, Novel Theraputics”, Dr.Alexander Khoruts, Center for Immunology, University of Minnesota
  • “New Diagnostics for Traumatic Brain Injury”, Dr.Donald Dengel, School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota 

February 13, 2014 -  Dinner and Discussion Event, Speaker : Ali Rafati, 3M
Title: “Characterization of Challenging Spherical Surfaces”