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S2. Functional Materials: Synthesis Science, Properties, and Integration



This symposium will bring together researchers from academia, government laboratories, and industry to discuss the links bridging synthesis science, properties, and integration of functional crystalline materials. Advances in mechanisms of material preparation and integration that lead to new materials discovery, new property opportunities, and extensions to performance limits are of particular interest. The topic is motivated by the recent National Academies Report—Frontiers in Crystalline Matter: From Discovery to Technology—which identifies the need to reinvigorate activities that focus on material growth, and to elevate the community’s recognition for synthesis. Topics of interest for this symposium include: (1) advances in thin film, single crystal, and 2-D layer synthesis, particularly those that access challenging processing windows, stabilize new phases, or create structures far from equilibrium; (2) advances in substrate design that extend thermal,chemical, and mechanical stability, and provide new opportunities for epitaxy; (3) synthesis methods monitored by in situ probes improve crystal growth understanding; and (4) integrating functional materials with base-metals, semiconductors, 2-D materials, nanostructures, and sophisticated device platforms.


The spectrum of materials systems considered is broad intentionally, but related by common attention to advanced synthesis and process flows, and to the property and performance opportunities they create. This combination will also bridge the functional electronic materials communities (e.g., epitaxy, transparent conductors,piezoelectrics, energy storage, memories, etc.) with the vacuum science, semiconductor processing, characterization, and integration industry for highest impact and knowledge sharing.


Proposed Session Topics

  • Refined synthesis routes to enable and advance properties
  • Controlling crystal growth morphology (within the structure zone model)
  • Controlling phase distribution in crystals, films, and nanolayers
  • Managing growth with volatile species
  • Advances in synthesis science that regulate point defects
  • Theory and modeling to enhance and inform synthesis
  • Integrating functional oxides with conventional semiconductors
  • Thin-film memory and piezoelectric materials
  • Novel substrates and electrodes
  • Crystal growth at temperature extremes, near Troom and approaching Tmelt
  • In situ thin film characterization to guide materials synthesis

Symposium Organizers

  • Jon-Paul Maria, North Carolina State University, USA
  • Jon Ihlefeld, Sandia National Laboratories, USA
  • Ronald Polcawich, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, USA


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