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January 18th 2018: Call for Abstracts for the E-MRS Spring Meeting 2018 Symposium on Functional Materials

Mariona Coll, ICMAB researcher, organizes the symposium on "Engineering of functional materials with chemical coating methods", within the E-MRS Spring Meeting in Strasbourg from June 18th-22nd 2018. 

The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum to discuss current trends and cutting-edge research on the engineering of functional materials and devices based on tailored chemical coating methods, both in 2D (thin films) and in 3D (nanostructures, nanocomposites and heterostructures).

The call for abstracts is open until January 18th 2018. Don't miss the opportunity to present your research and exchange some ideas with some experts in the field on atomic layer deposition (ALD), polymer assisted deposition of expitaxial thin-films oxides, chemical vapor deposition (CVD), nanomaterials synthesis, surface chemistry and many other related fields. 


Functional materials displaying magnetic, ferroelectric, superconducting, optical and catalytic properties provide the platform for a wide range of technologies including computation, communication, and energy conversion and storage, thus they are essential in our everyday lives. In order to go beyond the state of the art in these applications, new materials and combinations of materials with dedicated, finely tuned functionalities need to be developed with emphasis on nanostructures, thin films, nanocomposites and organic/inorganic hybrids. In all these cases, where the surface- and interface-related effects start to become dominant over the bulk counterpart, adequate coating fabrication tools are crucial to provide precise control at the nanometer scale.

Chemical routes (i.e. atomic layer deposition, chemical solution deposition, electrodeposition) are flexible low-cost deposition routes that allow for tailoring the physical properties through the chemical precursor and type and conditions of growth, especially when epitaxial growth is desired. It is also interesting to compare the complementarity of these techniques with traditional chemical vapor deposition and physical deposition techniques as well as the technological advances to develop and integrate processes in a cost and energy efficient process consumption for scale up. Advanced characterization tools, in-situ and ex-situ, are necessary to understand the relationship between synthesis and properties to design materials for a specific application.

Contents of the symposium

  • Preparative methods: ALD, CVD, CSD, galvanic methods
  • Areas of applications: renewable energy conversion (photovoltaics, catalysis, energy storage), information technology and communication (data storage and sensing)
  • In-situ monitoring of film growth and ex-situ characterization

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Thin coatings, multilayers, heterostructures
  • Hybrid and nanocomposite coatings
  • Novel deposition processes for improved coatings
  • Gradient thin films (chemical, strain)
  • Role of surface chemistry in film properties
  • 2D materials formed into 3D structures
  • Advanced characterization in-situ and ex-situ
  • Upscaling approaches

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