7 – 9 June 2022

82nd Physical Electronics Conference

Lakeshore Campus, Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL USA

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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.

COVID-19 Vaccination status: for all attendees and guests, their COVID-19 vaccination must be up-to date and must provide proof using the CLEAR Health Pass application.

Further details can be found here.

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 40. Additional contributions are included in poster sessions. Except for the Nottingham contestants, a one-page abstract is the sole written contribution required of contributors.

The Physical Electronics Conference again hosts the Nottingham ($1,500) competition. Competitors will give oral presentations to be held exclusively on Wednesday, June 8th. 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 the quality of the technical content and the clarity of the presentation. To be eligible for an award, the research must be presented by a graduate or undergraduate student. Cash prizes will be awarded. Ongoing sponsorship of this award is generously provided by SPECS-TII.

Special sessions commemorating Profs. Karsten Pohl and Pat Thiel, who both passed away unexpectedly recently, will be held on Thursday, June 9th.

7 June 2022, Day 1

Keynote TalksPoster Session

8 June 2022, Day 2

Notthingham Prize Competition,Conference Dinner

9 June 2022, Day 3

Special Sessions Honoring Profs. Karsten Pohl and Pat Thiel


Sponsors and Sponsorship

Conference support, including the venue and picnic, is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago.

The American Physical Society (APS) Forum for Early Career Scientists (FECS) provides Mini Grants to cover some FECS members' registration fees, and partially supports the welcome reception.

The American Vacuum Society (AVS) Early Career Professionals Committee partially supports the welcome reception.

The Nottingham Prize is sponsored by Scienta Omicron

Student Poster awards sponsored by SPECS-TII

American Elements, global manufacturer of high purity metals, nanomaterials, sputtering targets & precursors for electronic & semiconductor devices

General sponsorship from American Elements.

General sponsorship from HORIBA Scientific.

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.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The University of Chicago

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln

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

Located along the shore of Lake Michigan.

Code of Conduct for Attendees

It is the policy of the Physical Electronics Conference (PEC) that all participants, including attendees, vendors, volunteers, and all other stakeholders at the PEC will conduct themselves in a professional manner that is welcoming to all participants and free from any form of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. Participants will treat each other with respect and consideration to create a collegial, inclusive, and professional environment at the meetings. Creating a supportive environment to enable scientific disclosure at the PEC is the responsibility of all participants.

Participants will avoid any inappropriate actions or statements based on individual characteristics such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age citizenship status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law. Disruptive or harassing behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, inappropriate or intimidating behavior and language, unwelcome jokes or comments, unwanted touching or attention, offensive images, photography without permission, and stalking.

Violations of this code of conduct policy should be promptly reported to the conference organizers, in particular Nan Jiang or Dan Killelea. Following an investigation, if appropriate, sanctions may range from verbal warning, to ejection from the meeting without refund, to notifying appropriate authorities. Retaliation for complaints of inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated. If a participant observes inappropriate comments or actions and personal intervention seems appropriate and safe, they should be considerate of all parties before intervening.

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