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Synthesis, processing and characterization of nanoscale multi functional oxide films VII

Good control of oxide films thickness, composition and structure offers the possibility to integrate in heterostructures new functionalities. Progress in synthesis, processing and characterization of multifunctional oxide films plays a key role for the development of new devices, from microelectronics to energy and environment applications.


Oxides can present a vast range of functional tunable properties, such as ferroelectricity, ferromagnetism, multiferroicity, electrical conductivity, superconductivity, thermoelectricity, optical transparency, catalytic behavior, high temperature barriers, or thermochemical protection among others. These properties can lead to innovative applications, which in many cases will require thin films with controlled properties suitable to offer high performance devices.

The functional properties of the oxides are extremely dependent on changes in the crystal structure, composition, and defects. The complexity of oxides and the relevance of their microstructure on the properties make the deposition of thin films critical. The control of thin films growth, coupled with accurate characterization tools for structure, composition and properties, modeling, and theoretical understanding, are prerequisites for further development of new high performance oxide-based materials for device applications. In this respect, the effects of strain, interfaces, defects, composition and doping, which are key parameters allowing the tuning of properties must be fully understood at the microscopic as well as at the macroscopic level. Interface phenomena between oxides but also between oxides and other materials, are also relevant as new properties can emerge. In concert with sustainable development, the avoidance of polluting, toxic, or scarce chemical elements is another major technological objective. Moreover, many applications require the use of low cost deposition methods while others require the integration of the oxides on suitable platforms, such as semiconducting wafers or flexible substrates.

This symposium follows a series of six very successful and well attended E-MRS symposia organized from 2006 to 2017. The symposium intends to continue the established tradition of an interdisciplinary forum that will bring together scientists involved in various aspects of the synthesis, processing characterization, device integration and theoretical modeling of multi-functional oxide-based thin films, multilayers and nanostructures to discuss the latest developments and future trends and challenges.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Growth of oxide thin films by physical & chemical methods, including advanced & novel techniques.
  • Growth and properties of complex heterostructures, including superlattices
  • Growth and properties of nanocomposite or hybrid oxide based thin films
  • Integration of oxides on semiconductors
  • Oxide nanosheets, & films on flexible substrates
  • Epitaxial stabilization of metastable phases
  • Defects in oxide thin films and at interfaces
  • In situ characterization of oxide film growth
  • Advanced characterization by microscopies & spectroscopic techniques
  • Ferroelectric, ferromagnetic, & multiferroic oxides
  • Oxide films for energy generation & conservation
  • Transparent conducting oxides


Selected papers will be published in a Special Issue of Thin Solid Films (Elsevier).

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Symposium organizers
Florencio SÁNCHEZInstitut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC)

Campus de la UAB Bellaterra E-08193 Spain

(+34) 935801853
Maryline GUILLOUX-VIRYUniversity of Rennes 1

Institut des Sciences Chimiques, Solid State Chemistry and Materials Group, Bat 10A, Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France

+33 2 23235655
Valentin CRACIUNNational Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics

Atomistilor 409- P.O. Box MG-36 - RO-077125 Magurele, Romania

+40 746 100 140
Zoe BARBERUniversity of Cambridge

Materials Science Dept.- 27 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, CB3 0FS, U.K.

+44 1223 334326