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S8. Multifunctional nanocomposites

This symposium provides a platform to present and discuss recent advances in the growth, characterization, design, property prediction, and study of functional properties/device applications in oxide thin-film heterostructures and nanocomposites. The goal is to create an international and interdisciplinary forum for scientists and researchers to exchange ideas and to foster collaboration. Topics include the theoretical understanding, design, and prediction of material properties using first-principles-based methods; the synthesis of oxide thin films, multilayers, and vertically aligned nanocomposites; structure, defect, and interface characterization and their relationship to material properties; and device fabrication and integration strategies with existing technologies for energy harvesting, memories, actuators, sensors, optical, electronic, and optoelectronic applications. Specific properties of interest are magnetic, electronic, ionic, and photonic responses.


Proposed session topics


  • The influence of growth, stoichiometry, doping, strain, and microstructure on the properties of nanostructured oxide thin films and vertically aligned nanocomposites
  • Microstructures and defects characterization
  • Strain, microstructures, and functionality tuning in vertically aligned  nanocomposites
  • Novel phenomena resulting from structural distortions, charge redistribution, and spin and orbital order rearrangement in the  proximity of oxide interface
  • Theory, modeling, and first-principles calculations of complex oxide  thin films, heterostructures, and superlattices
  • Functionalities, including ferroelectric, dielectric, magnetic, magnetoelectric, and photonic properties as well as electronic transport characteristics of single-phase and nanocomposite oxide thin films
  • Device fabrication of oxide thin films and nanocomposites for energy  harvesting, memories, actuators, sensors, optical, electronic, and  optoelectronic applications
  • Advanced characterizations of interfacial phenomena

Symposium organizers

  • Aiping Chen, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA; apchen@lanl.gov
  • Hyoungjeen Jeen, Pusan National University, Korea
  • James Rondinelli, Northwestern University, USA
  • Judith L. MacManus-Driscoll, University of Cambridge, U.K.
  • Roman Engel-Herbert, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Junwoo Son, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea


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