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Surface Anaylsis 2018

Surface Analysis


Pre-registration deadline is May 31, 2018.

The39th Symposium on Applied Surface Analysis will be held in conjunction with the 29th Annual Symposium of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Vacuum Society  (PNWAVS) and SIMS USA 2018 at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), located in Richland, Washington on June 19-22, 2018.

SIMS USA 2018 (June 19)

SIMS USA 2018 will be a one-day meeting focused on all aspects of secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). The day will start with several tutorials, followed by invited and contributed talks on fundamental aspects of analysis and applications using SIMS.

Call for Contributed Papers

2nd Call for Papers, due date May 1, 2018.
Contributed papers are requested for both oral and poster sessions. The Program Committee will organize papers into appropriate technical sessions. Participants who wish to present a paper should submit an abstract for consideration before the deadline. See the Abstract page for more information and instructions for abstract preparation.

Student Participation

To encourage student participation, in addition to the poster competition, the PNWAVS will reimburse up to $60.00 per night for four nights (June 18-22), for the first 40 registered students. Contact Lisa Havens for details.

SA/PNWAVS Sessions (June 20-22)

Contributions from all areas of surface and vacuum science are encouraged. Highlighted topics will include:

Environmental Science and Applications
  • Environmental interfaces and ambient surface
  • In-operando studies

Surface Science and Catalysis

  • Surface structures and reconstructions
  • Interface chemistry
  • Surface adsorption and reaction
  • Catalytic processes

Advanced Materials Synthesis and Properties

  • Electronic, magnetic, and optical properties
  • Epitaxial superlattices and interfaces
  • Organic films and self-assembled Nanomaterials preparation and properties
  • Advanced thin film characterization techniques
Biomaterials and Biological Systems
  • Innovative surface analysis methods in bio-interfacial systems
  • Protein-surface, cell-surface and microbial-surface interactions
  • Biosensor, bioassay and biotechnology interfaces
  • Biology at the nanoscale and imaging modalities
  • Colloidal, particle and biomembrane systems


  • Prof. David H Cobden, University of Washington, Seattle, WA “2D properties of WTe2, a layered topological semimetal”
  • Prof. Norbert Kruse, Washington State Univeristy, Pullman, WA “Imaging and chemical probing of catalytic surface reactions with sub-nanoscale lateral resolution”
  • Prof. Greg Herman, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR “Investigation of Alloy Surface Oxidation using Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy”
  • Dr. Wu Xu, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA “Utilization of surface analysis techniques in energy storage research”
  • Prof. Bilge Yildiz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA “Chemical and electrochemical stability of perovskite oxide surfaces: mechanisms and improvements”
  • Prof. Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, University of Utah, "Fundamentals, state-of-the-art, and recent trends in nanostructured materials for energy and electronic applications".
  • Prof.Bharat Jalan, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN “Growth, disorder and carrier localization in Hybrid MBE-grown stannate films and heterostructures”
  • Dr. Kelsey Stoerzinger, PNNL, “Probing electronic structure and reaction intermediates in situ”
  • Prof. Pu Yu, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China “Electric-field control of tr-state phase transformation with a selective dual-ion switch”
  • Dr. Vijayakumar Murugesan, PNNL,“In situ chemical imaging of electrochemical interfaces”
  • Prof. Eric I. Altman, Yale University, New Haven,  CT “Two-dimensional Silicates and Phosphates, From Structures to Potential Applications”
  • Prof. Dave Castner, University of Washington, "Biomedical Surface Analysis with XPS and ToF-SIMS:   Impact, Advances & Opportunities"
  • Peter Williams - Arizona State University
  • Jordan Lerach - ImaBiotech
  • Chris Szakal - NIST
  • Todd Williamson - Los Alamos National Lab
  • Steve Harvey - National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Nathan Havercroft - Ion TOF
  • Marco Hopstaken – IBM


19-22 June, 2018



24-27 June, 2018


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