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Surfaces and interfaces in multilayered thin films and nano-composites

Surfaces and interfaces play key roles for the properties of multiphase nanostructured materials. Understanding and controlling interfaces is crucial for developing new functionalities. Thus, we aim at assembling experts in growth, characterization, and applications in interface mediated effects to stimulate advances in this field.


Advances in nanofabrication technologies are fueling the increasing interest in well-controlled multilayered thin films or nanocomposites. The unique properties of surfaces and interfaces, particularly between materials with dissimilar properties, can lead to new and improved multifunctional properties. However, the complexity of interfaces and the difficulty to study buried structures, makes it difficult to unravel the correlation between the interfaces and the enhanced properties of these materials, resulting in slowing down the progress towards advanced applications and devices. Thus, this Symposium is aimed at bringing together experts in the different aspects of “Surfaces and Interfaces of in Multilayered Thin Films and Nano-composites” ranging from fabrication and characterization, to devices. Given the multifunctional character of this type of materials, special emphasis will be made to attract experts in diverse functional properties (e.g., magnetic, optic, mechanical). Thus, the Symposium will serve as an advanced forum to exchange key information on the most relevant aspects of multiphase nanostructured materials and to discuss the pathways of this field towards applications though fundamental understanding (both experimental and theoretical) and advanced characterization. 

Special emphasis will be put on the following topics:  

  • Advanced nanofabrication technologies for both nanoparticulate and multilayered systems;
  • State-of-the art characterization techniques;
  • Effects of surfaces, interfaces and grain-boundaries on different properties (e.g., magnetic, optic, mechanical and so on) of nanomaterials;
  • Broad range of functional properties and combinations of functionalities (e.g., semiconducting, magnetic, ferroelectric, thermoelectric, optical);
  • Nanometric control of surfaces, interfaces and grain-boundaries in the fabrication process to tailor properties and functionalities;
  • Controlled defect generation in epitaxial multilayered samples as a strategy to understand properties of nanocomposite samples;
  • Novel designed functionalities arising from interface coupling (e.g., multiferroics);
  • Interfaces between 2D materials (e.g., graphene, MoS2).

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Novel technologies to fabricate nano-materials;
  • New approaches to study buried interfaces;
  • Multifunctional materials;
  • Interface-based new or enhanced properties;
  • Materials for flexible electronics;
  • Proximity effects;
  • Organic/inorganic interfaces;
  • Interfaces between 2D materials;
  • Interfaces involving topologically protected states.



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Symposium organizers
Hanns-Ulrich HABERMEIERScience Consulting International

Science Consulting International, Niersteinerstr 28 D 70499 Stuttgart, Germany MPI for Solid State Research, Heisenbergstr. 1 D 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Jacobo SANTAMARIAUniversidad Complutense

GFMC. Depto. de Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Fisica, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Josep NOGUÉSCatalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Campus UAB 08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona), Spain
Satoru KANEKOKISTEC (Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology)

705-1 Shimo Imaizumi, Ebina, Kanagawa 236-0435, Japan
Tamio ENDOSagamihara Surface Laboratory

867-24 Tabata-ueno, Anoh, Tsu, Mie 514-2325, Japan