This symposium covers recent advances in complex oxide thin films, heterostructures, and nanocomposites. Topics of interest include epitaxy of complex oxides, strain stabilization, heterointerface engineering, emergent interfacial properties, new materials discovery, field tunable responses, advanced characterizations, device applications, and extensions to performance limits. Contributions that connect advances in synthesis science to structure and property trends are of particular interest, as are those which link theoretical/computational and experimental efforts. The goal is to create an international and interdisciplinary forum to exchange ideas and foster collaboration.

Broad areas of interest include the theoretical understanding and design of material properties using first principles-based methods to enhance and inform synthesis; stabilization of new structures and useful functionality through strain and heterointerface engineering within multilayers and vertically aligned nanocomposites; emergent properties in high-entropy complex oxides; understanding the relationship between process space and equilibrium defect chemistry; strain-induced defects and interfacial microstructure and their relationships to material properties; and device fabrication and applications in energy harvesting, memories, and sensors, among other areas. Specific properties of interest are magnetic, electronic, electrochemical, and photonic responses, as well as thermal transport phenomena, including strong correlation and quantum-confinement effects.

Proposed Sessions

  • Theory, modeling, and first principles calculations of complex oxide thin films and heterostructures with focuses on strain and interface
  • Controlled synthesis of lateral and vertical heteroepitaxial thin films and nanocomposites, including heterostructures, superlattices, and vertically aligned nanocomposites for functional properties
  • Synthesis and properties of high-entropy complex oxides
  • Strain, microstructures, and functionality tuning in superlattices, vertical nanocomposites, and high-entropy complex oxides
  • Phenomena arising from strain couplings and interface couplings, including quantum phases, topological states, low dimensional effects and their control via external stimuli
  • Characterizations of strain, defects, and interfaces
  • Strain- and interface-controlled device performance in energy harvesting, memories, sensors, and other areas
  • In-situ thin film characterization to guide materials synthesis, to understand growth mechanism, and to probe electrochemical reactions

Symposium Organizers