2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

In March of this year, MRS leadership made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix for the safety and well-being our members, attendees, staff and the materials community, and to reschedule as much of the program as possible into a special 2020 Joint MRS Spring and Fall Meeting.

This one-time-only joint event will take place in Boston, from Saturday, November 28 through Friday, December 4—expanding by one day to provide programming capacity. The program flow for each symposium is under development and will be announced in early July.

Symposium S.EL15—Ultra-Wide Bandgap Materials, Devices and Systems

Research into ultra-wide-bandgap (UWBG) semiconductors continues to expand year upon year, providing new and exciting research opportunities for a diverse range of electronic, optical, sensing and quantum applications. Materials with bandgaps exceeding that of gallium nitride (3.4 eV), such as gallium oxide, diamond, cubic-boron nitride and aluminum gallium nitride are at the forefront of this new frontier of semiconductor physics research. Many of the fundamental properties of these emerging materials are still little understood however - for example, the physics of high-energy carrier scattering processes responsible for electrical breakdown. Practical challenges such as efficient n-type and p-type doping, production of large area, low defect density substrates, the formation of robust, low resistance electrical contacts and the integration of dielectric films with high quality interfaces are also yet to be sufficiently addressed to facilitate the delivery of mature, viable and cost competitive UWBG technologies. While such materials therefore hold great promise for applications ranging from optoelectronic emitters and detectors, to more compact and efficient energy converters, to higher-power high-frequency amplifiers, to advances in quantum information science, many materials and processing issues must still be resolved before such UWBG semiconductors can reach maturity and have significant impact. This symposium will cover a broad range of topics related to the materials science, device physics and processing of ultra-wide-bandgap materials, with a perspective on the applications of the materials that are driving research in the field. Topics of current interest in the more traditional wide-bandgap materials area of research will also be considered. For example, the lack of an effective means to perform selective-area doping of gallium nitride has to date imposed severe limitations on the fabrication of vertical-architecture power switching devices, and the efficiency droop problem continues to hinder solid-state lighting despite its successful and widespread commercialization.

Topics will include:

  • Bulk crystals and substrates.
  • Epitaxial growth
  • Point, line, and planar defects
  • Doping
  • Novel polarization effects and utilization in devices
  • Device performance and reliability
  • Low-dimensional structures
  • Ohmic contacts
  • Gate and passivation dielectrics
  • Thermal properties
  • Advanced materials and device characterization techniques

Invited Speakers:

  • Jesús del Alamo (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Shizuo Fujita (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Mark Hollis (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Robert Kaplar (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Isik Kizilyalli (U.S. Department of Energy, USA)
  • Yasuo Koide (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
  • Yoshinao Kumagai (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan)
  • Xiuling Li (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Takeya Okuno (Panasonic, Japan)
  • Steve Pearton (University of Florida, USA)
  • Rebecca Peterson (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Joan Redwing (The Pennsylvnia State University, USA)
  • Huili (Grace) Xing (Cornell University, USA)
  • Hangsheng Yang (Zhejiang University, China)

Symposium Organizers

David AJ Moran
University of Glasgow
School of Engineering
United Kingdom
+44 141 330 4106, David.Moran@glasgow.ac.uk

Masataka Higashiwaki
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
+81-42-327-6092, mhigashi@nict.go.jp

Robert Nemanich
Arizona State University
+1 480 965 2240, Robert.Nemanich@asu.edu

Hongping Zhao
The Ohio State University
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
+1 (614) 688-2367, zhao.2592@osu.edu