Thin Films and Nanostructures for Modern Electronics

Topic chair: Peter PETROV, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

This topic will examine the nature of electrical properties and charge transport in a wide variety of modern electronic materials, offering comparison between many material systems. From a materials perspective, the focus will be on inorganic or organic semiconductors, metals and metal oxides, material simulations and device modelling, while from an application perspective the focus will be on production and study of thin films and nanoscale structures with electronic functionality, covering the full range from continued miniaturization of existing device designs and adaptation to new materials through to novel devices exploiting quantum, single-electron or spin effects or new nanoscale materials such as self-assembled nanowires.

Fundamentals of Plasma and Laser-Material Interactions and Processing

Topic chair: Cristian FOCSA, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France

The topic covers the fundamentals of plasma and laser processing to produce multiscale morphological and chemical changes to the surfaces of metals, semiconductors or biomaterials to allow optimized optical properties for emerging applications as high efficiency solar cells, security, microfluidics, or to enhance the adhesion of proteins and cells for applications such as biomedical implants and lab-on-a-chip type sensors.

Materials for Energy and Environment

Topic chair: Silviu COLIS, University of Strasbourg, France

This topic is certainly of paramount practical importance and will focus on batteries and supercapacitors, fuel cells, hydrogen generation, catalytic materials and sensors for environmental protection and solar cells. The topic covers various materials aspects, a wide range of scientific fundamentals and technological aspects of materials- deposition technologies, the basic properties of amorphous/crystalline materials, various approaches of material tuning to increase efficiency, emerging technologies, etc.

Magnetic Materials and Advanced Applications

Topic chair: Romulus TETEAN, Babes – Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The topic covers new scientific and technological developments in the field of magnetic materials and spintronics. The topic includes diluted magnetic semiconductors and defect induced magnetism, novel magnetic and spintronic materials, interface magnetism, low dimensional magnetism, magnetism and superconductivity, superconducting-ferromagnetic-superconducting junctions, sensors, spintronic devices and magnetotransport, giant magnetoresistance, magnetic tunnel junction, spin injection and detection, spin generation and coherence, material simulations and device modelling, etc.

Novel Spintronic Materials and Related Devices

Topic chair: Coriolan TIUSAN, Technical University Cluj-Napoca Romania

The topic covers new trends in spintronics based on alternative materials with enhanced potential of applications. It includes the field of oxitronics dealing with heterostructures based on functional oxide materials with multiferroic properties. Next generation spintronic materials such as topological insulators, Weyl and Dirac semimetals will be also addressed. The topic also focuses on novel issues related to magnetization manipulation in spintronic devices with enhanced energetic efficiency: spin-currents in spin orbitronic devices, electric field, polarized photons and combined strategies.

Nanostructures and Low Dimensional Systems

Topic chair: Isabelle BERBEZIER, University Paul Cézanne, Marseille, France

This topic covers fundamental and applied aspects of physics of nanostructures and low-dimensional systems, including semiconductor heterostructures, mesoscopic systems, quantum wells and superlattices, two-dimensional electron systems, quantum wires and dots, spin related phenomena, optical and transport properties, single electron effects and devices, and other novel phenomena.

Emerging Electronic Memory Materials and Devices

Topic chair: Shashi PAUL, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom

Electronic memories are key elements of many electronic systems that take data storage (for example: mobile phones, iPads, computers, e-papers, etc.). There has been enormous interest in the use of organic materials, resistive memory devices, phase change materials, nanoparticles in hybrid organic & inorganic memory devices, molecules, quantised states, charge trapping ferroelectric materials. The session will capture such new developments in these fields.

Polymer Materials and Composites

Topic chair: Valeria HARABAGIU, Petru Poni Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Romania

The topic „Polymer Materials and Composites” covers analysis, characterisation, processing, design, modelling, rapid prototyping, testing, repair, structural integrity evaluation, applications and knowledge transfer of thermoplastics, thermosets, coatings, elastomers, adhesives, polymer matrix composites, eco-composites and nanocomposites.

Biomaterials and Healthcare Applications

Topic chair: Simion SIMON, Babes – Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The topic „Biomaterials and Healthcare Applications” will serve as a platform to bring together a diverse group of researchers who are known for their innovation and high quality of research work. The topic covers processing and characterization of novel materials with enhanced functionalities, properties and behaviour for use in the body in applications such as biomaterials, controlled release of drugs, medical devices, imaging and diagnostics and, treatment.

Functional Materials. Processing and Characterization

Topic chair: Nikita BITYURIN, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia Nizhniy Novgorod, Russian Federation

This topic will express the knowledge on the relationships between composition, microstructure, processing and macroscopic properties for a wide variety of functional materials involved in the future: hydrogen bonded systems, ionic crystals, narrow gap semiconductors, organic polymers, etc. The topic covers also developments for tuneable devices, size effects in functional materials, relationships between the nanoscale structure with the nano- and macroscale properties; fundamentals in processing and assembling of functional materials at micro, meso and nano length scales.

Trends in Condensed Matter Theory

Topic chair: Eleftherios N. ECONOMOU, University of Crete, Greece

The topic „Trends in Condensed Matter Theory” covers theories for condensed matter, spin quantum Hall effect, high temperature superconductivity, fractional quantum Hall states, Luttinger liquids, graphene, spin liquids, topological insulator materials, interactions in mesoscopic systems, etc.

Self-assembly and Patterning

Topic chair: Jörg K. N. LINDNER, Paderborn University, Germany

The topic „Self-assembly and Patterning” is dedicated to novel fabrication process based on the self-assembly and patterning of micro and nanoparticles, assembly principles, nanoassembly and nanofabrication, design of nanostructures, self-assembly and patterning of thin films, patterning graphene, self-assembled circuit patterns, self-assembly works for superlattices, biomimetic nanostructures, etc.

Art, Science and Technology

Topic chair: Cris ORFESCU, NanoArt 21, Los Angeles, California, US

The topic intends to enhance the communication between scientists, artists, and engineers involved in visual arts and to create new opportunities for exploration, knowledge and discovery of new digital virtual creativity by promoting the development of the current artistic movements and tools.