NANOMATERIALS, Symposium T "Synthesis, processing and characterization of nanoscale multi functional oxide films VI", E-MRS Spring Meeting, Strasbourg, France, 22-26 May 2017


Oxides offer unique opportunities to combine in a single system various optical, electrical, magnetic, mechanical or chemical properties, suitable for a wide range of applications. Advances in oxide-based films and nanostructures growth or synthesis provide routes to the improvement of material performances or to the design of new devices. One of the symposium organizers is Magda Nistor from the National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics.


Innovation in many technological and industrial fields is dependent upon sustained research on novel materials and devices. Improved performance is demanded, alongside reduced energy consumption, and environmentally friendly production and disposal. Multifunctional and tunable oxides, offering a range of new applications, can contribute to these requirements.

Oxides can be smart materials, with a vast range of controllable properties, such as electrical conductivity, superconductivity, piezoelectricity, magnetism, multiferroic behavior, thermoelectricity, optical transparency, catalytic behavior, etc. Such properties will contribute to the development of oxide-based advanced multifunctional thin films, heterostructures and nanostructures which are key factors for the advancement of science and technology.

The control of oxide thin films by various physical or chemical methods, coupled with advanced characterization tools, modelling, and theoretical understanding of properties, are prerequisites for further development of new high performance oxide-based materials. A special focus on the relationship between the structure and the properties of oxide thin films whatever the growth method will be addressed for the development of materials with novel or substantially improved properties. Applications related to renewable energy, spin-electronics, multiferroic and transparent electronics are meaningful illustrations of what can be expected from research on oxides. At the same time, for a sustainable development, low cost / easy use deposition methods are required, with reduced processing temperatures, solvent use and the avoidance of polluting and toxic agents. Moreover, the substitution or reduction of critical raw elements in oxides will be emphasized in this edition of symposium. Miniaturization or integration is known to strongly influence the intrinsic properties of oxides. In this respect, the effects of strains, interfaces, defects, composition and doping must be fully understood at the local scale as well as at the macroscopic level. The emerging new class of materials, self-assembled epitaxial oxide composite films in which very high-quality mesoscopic structures can be created, will be addressed together with already established synthesis and structuring of oxide nanotubes, nanopillars, clusters, nanoparticles for nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Following previous five very successful symposia on this topic organized in 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 (more than 200 selected abstracts) this symposium intends to draw on previous positive experience and continue the established tradition of an interdisciplinary forum that will bring together scientists and engineers involved in various aspects of the growth, characterization and theoretical modelling of multi-functional oxide-based thin films, multilayers and nanostructures to review the latest developments and future trends.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Growth of oxide thin films by physical or chemical methods;
  • Focus on the relationship between the structure and the properties of oxide thin films whatever the growth method;
  • Oxide thin films for renewable energy: photovoltaics (up- and down-conversion), water splitting, solid oxide fuel cells, advanced batteries, thermoelectrics, etc ...
  • Oxide thin films for spin-electronics, multiferroic and transparent electronics;
  • Transparent conducting oxides;
  • Multifunctionality, interfaces, defects in oxide films and nanostructures leading to novel properties and applications;
  • Advanced characterization, simulation and modelling of oxide materials for understanding the properties;
  • Synthesis, structuring and manipulation of oxides for nanoscience and nanotechnology: nanotubes, nanopillars, clusters, nanoparticles, etc ...
  • Nanocomposite (Mesoscopic) oxide thin films, growth and novel properties;
  • Substitution or reduction of critical raw elements in oxides;
  • 2D oxide materials.

Confirmed Invited speakers:

  • Manfred Martin, Institute of Physical Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Takayoshi Sasaki, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan
  • Martin Pemble, Tyndall National Institute and Department of Chemistry, University College Cork University College Cork, Republic of Ireland
  • Andreas Ney, Johannes Keples University, Linz, Austria
  • Eva Benckiser, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Pierre-Eymeric Janolin, SPMS, Ecole Centrale Paris, France
  • Roberto Sennen Brusa, Physics Department, University of Trento, Trento, Italy
  • Woo Seok CHOI, Department of Physics, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea.

One or two invited talks will be selected from submitted oral contributions.

Members of scientific committee:

  • Zoe Barber, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Holger L. Meyerheim, Max-Planck-Institut f. Mikrostrukturphysik, Halle, Germany
  • Tetsuya Yamamoto, Kochi University of Technology, Japan
  • Maryline Guilloux-Viry, University of Rennes 1, France
  • Valentin Craciun, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation, Bucharest-Magurele, Romania
  • Jacques Perriere, Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06 & CNRS, France
  • G. Mariotto, University of Verona, Italy
  • Xavier Portier, CIMAP, CEA/CNRS/ENSICAEN/UCBN, Caen, France.

Publication: The Selected papers will be published as a special issue of the journal Thin Solid Films.

We intend to organize a joint session on "oxide thin films by PLD" with laser symposium X ” New frontiers in laser interaction: from hard coatings to smart materials”.

Symposium organizers

University of Stuttgart
Institute for Materials Science, Germany

Mail : weidenkaff[at]

Magdalena NISTOR (Main organizer)

National Institute for Lasers, Plasmas and Radiation Physics
L22, 409 Atomistilor Street, 77125 Bucharest-Magurele, Romania

Mail : mnistor[at]

Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Centro Materiali e Microsistemi, 18 Via
Sommarive, 38123 Trento, Italy

Mail : laidani[at]

Nathalie JEDRECY
UPMC-Sorbonne Universités - INSP
4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex 05, France

Mail : jedrecy[at]

A brief presentation of the symposium is found on the EMRS website: