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Polymer and hybrid thin films from innovative deposition techniques to functional devices

Polymers are essential components of functional devices in alternative or in combination with inorganic materials. Their synthesis as thin films has significant advantages due to the reduced amount of supply used and faster processing times. Their low cost, ease of fabrication and the ability to be easily integrated into processing lines, make them attractive functional materials.


Polymer films are currently garnering more recognition in thin-film industry that historically has been dominated by inorganic films. Functional polymer thin films (< 100 nm) are typical components of modern devices in a variety of fields, including microelectronics, biotechnology and microfluidics. The need for miniaturization and structuration has boosted the development of advanced thin film growth techniques that can be easily implemented in the manufacturing steps of device production. As free-standing structures, two-dimensional thin films have advantages over bulk materials due to their large surface-to-volume ratios, desirable for applications requiring enhanced surface interactions. Thin films can also be employed as coatings over bulk materials to achieve application-specific properties that are unattainable in the substrate material. The combination of polymers with inorganics can drive to innovative hybrid functional materials.

Recent efforts are dedicated to conceive innovative deposition techniques that are versatile platforms for fabrication of a wide range of polymer thin films preserving all the desired chemical functionalities. The retention of the functional groups of polymers is critical to achieve the desired response. Not only, polymer thin films to be successfully integrated into functional devices require a combination of properties: chemical structure, micro- and/or nano- scale topography, porosity, durability, stiffness/elasticity, surface energy, etc. Each of these properties needs to be optimized to for the specific application. The control of the film properties requires tuning of the thin film deposition parameters, which in return requires a thorough understanding of the underlying mechanisms of deposition.

The symposium will be dedicated to advanced functional polymer and hybrid thin films with particular highlights on the correlation between polymer properties and functionality and to innovative deposition techniques that allow tuning and controlling the polymer properties. The focus will be on polymers synthetized by vapor phase deposition that provide ultrathin layers (<100 nm), conformal coverage, with low defect/impurity levels.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

Areas of particular interest will include, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Functional Polymer Thin Films and their application in microfluidics, sensors, biomaterials, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, energy, etc.
  • Innovative Deposition Techniques, which retain the chemical functionality: initiated CVD, oxidative CVD, downstream/pulsed/low power plasma CVD, parylene deposition, Vapor Deposition Polymerization and Molecular Layer Deposition
  • Nanostructured Polymer and Hybrid Thin Films, including hierarchical structures, nanocomposites, multilayers.
  • Rational Design of Polymer Thin Film Properties to achieve the desired functionality, including engineering surface and interfaces properties.
  • Surface Modification/Functionalization approaches

List of confirmed invited speakers:

  • Malancha Gupta, University of South California, USA,
  • Salvador Borros, IQS School of Engineering, Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain
  • Gozde Ozaydin-Ince, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Kenneth Lau, Drexel University, USA
  • Stacey Bent, Stanford, USA
  • Mustafa Karaman, Selçuk University, Turkey
  • Pietro Favia, University of Bari, Italy
  • Shannan O’Shaugnessey, GVD, USA
  • Sal Baxamusa, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, USA
  • Reeja Jayan, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Nicolas Boscher, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg
  • Tobias Voss, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
  • Maarit Karppinen, University of Aalto, Finland
  • Andreas Greiner, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • Jane Chang, UCLA, USA
  • Hossein Sojoudi, University of Toledo, Spain
  • Mark Losego, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

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Symposium organizers
Anna Maria COCLITEGraz University of Technology

Petersgasse 16 - 8010 Graz, Austria

+43 3168738970
Joerg LAHANNKarlsruhe Institute of Technology

Querallee 2, 76131, Karlsruhe, Germany
Karen K. GLEASONMassachusetts Institute of Technology

66 Ames St, MA02139, Cambridge, USA
Mariadriana CREATOREEindhoven University of Technology

De Rondom 70, 5612 AP Eindhoven, The Netherlands

+31 402474223