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Symposium NT2—Oxide and Chalcogenide-Based Thin Films and Nanostructures for Electronics and Energy Applications

This symposium will focus on thin films and nanostructures of oxide and chalcogenide-based materials for electronics and energy applications. While usage of these materials in the bulk is well established, there are exciting new opportunities for exploiting their unique properties in reduced dimensions. As the characteristic dimensions of these materials systems shrink into the nanometer range, there are increased technological challenges for synthesis, processing and characterization to ensure high uniformity, reproducibility, and cost reduction. Many scientific questions regarding the role of interfaces, defects, composition, stress and size effects on their properties and functionalities are still to be answered. Moreover, the industry demand for increased miniaturization, larger integration, and higher operation speed, and excellent reliability, lower cost and new functionalities has generated a significant interest in exploiting the unique properties of these two classes of materials for electronic, magnetic, optical, energy, catalytic, sensor and biomedical applications. The symposium will serve as an active platform for researchers working in the area of oxide and chalcogenide-based materials to share their results that could enable them to take their research to next level and possibly integrate the two classes of materials for realizing novel properties. This symposium will closely follow the progress in research related to oxide and chalcogenide-based thin films and nanostructures, with a focus on emergent electronic and energy applications. The aspects treated in this symposium range from material growth and properties up to material application in devices.

Topics will include:

  • Thin-film growth models and experiments
  • Defect chemistry and doping of chalcogenide semiconductors
  • Interfaces and grain boundaries
  • Chalcogenide window and buffer layers
  • Defect physics and device analysis
  • Issues of large-area film manufacturing
  • Fabrication of solar modules
  • Films for SOFC and battery applications
  • Topological insulators
  • Semiconducting, conducting, and superconducting oxides
  • Materials synthesis and design of oxide and chalcogenide-based thin films and nanomaterials materials
  • Material combinations, heterostructures and nanostructured composites
  • Piezoelectric/electrostrictive oxides for MEMS, acoustic wave devices, sensors, and actuators
  • Spintronics, magnetic oxide bulk and thin films (giant/colossal magnetoresistance), superparamagnetic materials and their applications

Invited Speakers:

  • Rakesh Agrawal (Purdue University, USA)
  • Catherine Dubourdieu (University of Grenoble, France)
  • Claudia Felser (Max Planck Institute, Germany)
  • Yanglong Hou (Peking University, China)
  • Masashi Kawasaki (Tokyo University, Japan)
  • Lane Martin (University of Illinois, USA)
  • David Mitzi (Duke University, USA)
  • Jagdish Narayan (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Guenter Reiss (Bielefeld University, Germany)
  • Caroline Ross (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Teodor Todorov (IBM, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Dhananjay Kumar
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Mechanical Engieering
336-285-3227, dkumar@ncat.edu

Ningzhong Bao
Nanjing Tech University
State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering
86-25-58139150, nzhbao@njtech.edu.cn

Sergio D'Addato
Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia
Dipartimento di Fisica

Arunava Gupta
University of Alabama
Center for Materials for Information Technology
205-348-3822, agupta@mint.ua.edu