2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium EQ13-Nitride Materials—Synthesis, Characterization and Modeling

Nitride materials feature diverse properties ranging from metals and superconductors to semiconductors and insulators. Because of this broad range of properties, nitrides are researched for numerous applications including (opto)electronics, (electro)catalysts, chemical sensors, energy storage, piezo- and ferroelectrics, protection coatings, high-temperature ceramics, as well as quantum and photonic devices. Unfortunately, these sub-fields of nitrides rarely overlap at conferences and in literature, representing a missed opportunity for cross-pollination. However, these distinct nitride topics feature several cross-cutting themes, also of interest to broader material science community. These themes include synthesis approaches (physical and chemical), characterization methods (for chemical composition and nanoscale structure), and computational techniques (thermodynamic stability and electronic structure)

This symposium will focus on exploratory synthesis, advanced characterization and theoretical modeling of nitride materials. The goal of this cross-cutting symposium is to bridge distinct sub-fields of nitride materials research, such as semiconductors and heterostructures; piezoelectric and ferroelectric nitrides; superconducting and photonic nitrides; nitride coatings and ceramics; as well as nitrides for catalytic, battery and sensing applications. Contributions on other applications of nitrides, and on basic science of nitride materials are also welcome. Particular emphasis will be on discovery and design of novel nitrides, with the focus on theoretical predictions of structure and properties, thermodynamically-driven and kinetically-controlled synthesis science, and materials chemistry of synthesis-composition-structure-property relationships.

Topics will include:

  • Synthesis: vacuum deposition, epitaxial growth, high-pressure, chemical routes
  • Characterization: composition (e.g. nitrogen), structure (e.g. atom probe), and properties
  • Computations: structure prediction, property calculation, data mining, materials genome
  • Materials chemistry and synthesis science of metastable nitride compounds and alloys
  • Emerging semiconductors such as cubic and ternary nitrides, boron and rare-earth nitrides
  • Traditional III-N semiconductors and their heterostructures with e.g. superconductors.
  • Dielectric, piezoelectric, ferroelectric, thermoelectric nitrides for electronics and energy
  • Quantum and superconducting electronic applications of nitrides, and quantum materials
  • Photonic, plasmonic, waveguide and other optical applications of nitride materials
  • Corrosion-, thermal- and wear-resistant coatings, ceramics and composites based on nitrides
  • Photoelectrocatalysis, energy storage, and chemical sensing with nitride materials

Invited Speakers:

  • Igor Abrikosov (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • Paul Attfield (The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
  • Sage Bauers (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)
  • Geoff Brennecka (Colorado School of Mines, USA)
  • Ana Cros (Universitat de València, Spain)
  • Francis DiSalvo (Cornell University, USA)
  • Alan Doolittle (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Per Eklund (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • Amparo Fuertes (Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona, Spain)
  • Daniel Gall (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
  • Yuri Gogotsi (Drexel University, USA)
  • Ann Greenaway (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)
  • Debdeep Jena (Cornell University, USA)
  • Kathleen Kash (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
  • Hiroshi Kegeyama (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Eva Monroy (Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, France)
  • Joerg Neugebauer (Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Germany)
  • Rainer Niewa (Universität Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Fumiyasu Oba (Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)
  • Panos Patsalas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Wenhao Sun (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Grace Xing (Cornell University, USA)
  • Hongping Zhao (The Ohio State University, USA)
  • Tongtong Zhu (Poro Technologies Ltd, United Kingdom)

Symposium Organizers

Andriy Zakutayev
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Björn Alling
Linköping University

Rachel Oliver
University of Cambridge
Materials Science & Metallurgy
United Kingdom

Minghui Yang
Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences

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