7 – 9 June 2022

82nd Physical Electronics Conference

Lakeshore Campus, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL USA

Resumption of the in-person conference, including the prestigious Nottingham prize competition.

Welcome to PEC-82 at LUC!

The 82nd Physical Electronics Conference, including the prestigious Nottingham Prize Competition for the best presentation based on doctoral research, will be held at Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL USA. This topical conference provides a yearly forum for the dissemination and discussion of novel and fundamental theoretical and experimental research in the physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering of surfaces and interfaces. It includes the prestigious Nottingham Prize competition for best presentation based on doctoral research.

Conference Format

In addition to 40-minute keynote invited talks, the conference will include 20-minute oral presentations in a single-session format with lively discussions. The three-day format of the conference limits the total number of oral contributions to about 50. Additional contributions are included in poster sessions. Except for the Nottingham contestants, a one-page abstract is the sole written contribution required of contributors.

Nottingham Prize Competition

The Physical Electronics Conference again hosts the Nottingham ($1,500) competition. Competitors will give oral presentations to be held exclusively on Date TBD. Ongoing sponsorship of this award is generously provided by ScientaOmicron.

Poster Competition

This year the Physical Electronics Conference will again be awarding prizes for the best posters. Each poster will be judged on quality of the technical content and clarity of the presentation. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st ($300), 2nd ($200), and 3rd ($100) place. Ongoing sponsorship of this award is generously provided by TBD.

Basic Schedule

Dates, times, and locations for activities associated with this meeting, such as: the welcome reception, annual picnic, conference banquet and award reception, and possible special activities are still being solidified, but will be updated here when more firmly established.

Special Sessions

Special sessions commerating Profs. Pat Thiel and Karsten Pohl, who both passed away unexpectedly recently will be held.


7 June 2022, Day 1

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8 June 2022, Day 2

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9 June 2022, Day 3

A brief description of Day 3

About PEC

The 82nd Physical Electronics Conference at Loyola University Chicago follows in the tradition of annual PEC meetings held on university campuses and research labs in North America. This topical conference provides a yearly forum for the dissemination and discussion of novel and fundamental theoretical and experimental research in the physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering of surfaces and interfaces. It includes the prestigious Nottingham Prize competition for best presentation based on doctoral research. For over 80 years, the emphases of the conference have changed, yet the meeting remains centered in its basis of fundamental science at material interfaces. Central themes now include the interfaces of metals, semiconductors, ionic conductors, dielectrics, insulators, fluids, porous materials, and the wealth of biomaterials.

Physicists, chemists, and engineers, with interests in these fields, come together to present and discuss experimental and theoretical research on exposed (gas-solid or gas-liquid) surfaces, or buried (liquid-solid and solid-solid) interfaces. Representative topics include (but are not limited to) electronic, chemical, magnetic, and structural properties of interfaces; energetics, kinetics, and dynamics of physical and chemical transformations at surfaces; formation, assembly, structural and electronic properties, and modeling of nanoscale surface architectures; effects of electron correlation at surfaces, and topological insulators; interfacial interactions of biological materials; impacts of interface chirality; mechanisms of film growth and interface evolution; and transfer of energy, electrons, or ions across materials interfaces. New methods/techniques for interrogation of interfaces, novel devices or sensors, and new applications for structurally and chemically tailored interfaces also fall within the scope of this meeting.


Plenary and Invited Speakers

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The Venue

Loyola University Chicago

Lakeshore Campus, 1032 W Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660

Located along the shore of Lake Michigan.

mark your calendars, details to come!