2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

In March of this year, MRS leadership made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix for the safety and well-being our members, attendees, staff and the materials community, and to reschedule as much of the program as possible into a special 2020 Joint MRS Spring and Fall Meeting.

This one-time-only joint event will take place in Boston, from Saturday, November 28 through Friday, December 4—expanding by one day to provide programming capacity. The program flow for each symposium is under development and will be announced in early July.

Symposium S.EL12-Ferroic Materials and Heterostructures for Electronics and Data Storage

Following sustained research efforts over the past decades, ferromagnetic, ferroelectric, and multiferroic materials are continuing to provide an ever-changing landscape with exciting developments. For example, breakthroughs have been made in bulk and nanoscale ferroic materials, including voltage control of nanomagnetism, the emergence of robust ferroelectricity in strained ultrathin nanoscale gate dielectrics, the stabilization and manipulation of topological defects (e.g. skyrmions) in oxide ferroics, the discovery of exotic topological states in bulk ferroics, among others. Furthermore, the applications of ferroic materials are moving beyond the traditional boundaries set by electronics and data storage, manifested by the recent confluence of nanoscale ferroics, neuromorphic computing, and artificial intelligence.

This three-day symposium will cover the latest developments in ferroic materials using six sessions: (1) Magnetoelectric and multiferroic thin films and nanostructures; (2) New Frontiers in bulk ferroics; (3) Topological defects in ferroic materials; (4) Voltage control of nanomagnetism; (5) Advanced imaging techniques for ferroic nanomaterials; (6) Emergent applications of ferroic nanomaterials.

Two of us will offer tutorials that have not been covered previously, one on "Phase-field modeling of ferroic nanomaterials" (by Jiamian Hu) and one on "Imaging of ferroic nanomaterials" (by Massimo Ghidini). We expect to attract attendees from the wide community of scientists working on ferroic materials and material scientists interested in the design and synthesis of new materials, engineers interested in energy materials and spintronic devices, computer scientists interested in alternative approaches to artificial intelligence and neuromorphic computing.

Topics will include:

  • Magnetoelectric and multiferroic thin films and nanostructures
  • Bulk magnetoelectric and multiferroic materials
  • Topological defects in magnetoelectric and multiferroic materials
  • Voltage control of magnetization switching and magnetic phase transitions
  • Voltage control of chiral spin structures (skyrmions, vortices, chiral domain walls)
  • Advanced imaging techniques for nanoferroic materials (scanning probe microscopy, STEM, X-ray based techniques)
  • Ferroic nanomaterials for spintronics
  • Ferroic nanomaterials for neuromorphic computing
  • Ferroic nanomaterials for artificial intelligence
  • Energy harvesting and sensing with ferroic materials
  • Theory and Modeling of ferroic systems
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Long-Qing Chen (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Sergei Kalinin (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
  • Peter Fischer (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Ce-Wen Nan (Tsinghua University, China)
  • Tsuyoshi Kimura (University of Tokyo, Japan)
  • Julia Mundy (Harvard University, USA)
  • Tae Won Noh (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)
  • Dennis Meier (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
  • Manuel Bibes (Unite Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales, France)
  • Sarnjeet Dhesi (Diamond Light Source, United Kingdom)
  • Shuxiang Dong (Peking University, China)
  • Marta Gilbert (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Erjia Guo (Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • John Heron (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Gertjan Koster (University of Twente, Netherlands)
  • Neil Mathur (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)
  • Jobu Matsuno (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Alice Mizrahi (Thales Paris, France)
  • Beatriz Noheda (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
  • Mark Rzchowski (University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA)
  • Valerio Scagnoli (Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland)
  • Sebastiaan van Djiken (Aalto University, Finland)

Symposium Organizers

Massimo Ghidini
University of Parma, Diamond Light Source and University of Cambridge
01223762892, mg526@cam.ac.uk

Kathrin Dorr

Jiamian Hu
University of Wisconsin–Madison
1(608)262-6009, jhu238@wisc.edu

Tomoyasu Taniyama
Nagoya University
+81-52-789-2886, taniyama.tomo@nagoya-u.jp

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