2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium EQ09-Cutting-Edge Plasma Processes for Next-Generation Materials Science Applications

Plasmas play a crucial role in a vast range of processes for materials synthesis and processing, from industrial settings to cutting-edge laboratory investigations. Plasma-based techniques can be deployed in a wide range of experimental conditions, varying from low- to high-pressure (vacuum, atmospheric and above), temperature and including diverging degrees of equilibrium (from thermal equilibrium to non-equilibrium). These features are key to develop next generation materials and their potential integrations for advanced applications. Due to the wide range of processing conditions and the characteristic energy coupling, the unique reaction pathways of plasmas have enabled the establishment of important and widespread techniques (e.g. PECVD, physical sputtering, reactive etching). These characteristic plasma features are now creating cutting edge next-generation material processes, which include the potential of many plasma-enhanced techniques (e.g. plasma-assisted 3D printing and atomic layer etching) as well as novel evolving approaches (e.g. flow-through nucleation, hybrid plasma-liquid processes, ‘plasma catalysis’).


This symposium is a forum that brings together experts in different fields that encompass different areas of plasma-based synthesis, processing and applications. Specifically, the symposium aims to highlight how plasmas can greatly contribute to innovative 3D printing, the development of biosensors, processes for flexible/textile and unconventional surfaces. It will emphasize materials with unique and tailored properties for energy applications, materials for extreme conditions and structural composites. Further, the complexity of plasmas ideally lends itself to data-driven materials research. Therefore, the symposium will also include topics that relate to artificial intelligence and machine learning allowing optimization of material synthesis and treatment and efficient exploration in the parameter space.

Topics will include:

  • Plasma processes for biosensors and biomaterials synthesis
  • Plasmas for 3D printing, bioprinting and additive manufacturing
  • Machine Learning, artificial intelligence etc. applied to plasma processes
  • Plasma for e-textiles, flexible electronics and other unconventional surfaces
  • Light-Weight/High-Strength Composites synthesis by plasmas
  • Plasma synthesis and processing of materials for energy harvesting and storage systems
  • ‘Plasma catalysis’ and plasma synthesis of materials for catalysis
  • Plasma synthesis and treatment of materials for extreme conditions
  • Plasmas for nanomaterials
  • Diagnostics and fundamental plasma science for materials processes

Invited Speakers:

  • Himashi Andaraarachchi (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Tony Belcher (Boeing, USA)
  • Zheng Bo (Zhejiang University, China)
  • Ageeth Bol (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Peter Bruggeman (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Maria Carreon (South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, USA)
  • I-Chun Cheng (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
  • Paul K. Chu (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  • Fiorenza Fanelli (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy)
  • Chris Hardacre (The University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
  • Tsuyohito Ito (Tokyo University, Japan)
  • Eva Kovacevic (CNRS/Université d'Orléans, France)
  • Paul Maguire (Ulster University, Ireland)
  • Lorenzo Mangolini (University of California, Riverside, USA)
  • Itagaki Naho (Kyushu University, Japan)
  • David Pai (Université de Poitiers, France)
  • Angela Violi (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Ming Xu (Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China)

Symposium Organizers

Davide Mariotti
Ulster University
Plasma Science and Nanoscale Engineering Group Nanotechnology & Integrated, Biio-Engineering Center
United Kingdom

Rebecca Anthony
Michigan State University
Department of Mechanical Engineering
USA

Wei-Hung Chiang
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Department of Chemical Engineering
Taiwan

Chi-Chin Wu
U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Weapons and Materials Research Directorate
USA

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