An ECI Conference Series
September 4-8, 2016
LaFonda on the Plaza
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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About This Conference
Overview: The aim of this conference is to bring together scientists from diverse disciplines, who are working on nonstoichiometric compounds (oxides, nitrides, oxynitrides, chalcogenides, etc.). Traditionally, the effects of stoichiometry deviations have been studied by those looking to understand and control the electrical, diffusional, and in many cases, the mechanical properties of oxides, with the aim of using such materials as solid oxide fuel cell electrodes, as sensors, as permeation membranes, and in various other electrochemical reactors. Complex oxides that exhibit nonstoichiometric effects are now also employed in high Tc superconducting devices, thermochemical water splitting and chemical looping systems, as well as in transparent conducting electrodes in displays and photovoltaics. These and other oxides are also being developed for all-oxide electronics, high speed photonics, battery electrodes, switching and memory devices, and magnetoresistive devices. Furthermore, driven by the semiconductor industry, interest has also expanded to include nitrides, chalcogenides, oxynitrides, oxychalcogenides, etc. Given the diverse fields of applications, it is clear that a truly international conference devoted specifically to compounds that display nonstoichiometry will allow scientists from these various fields to learn from the other fields and from other approaches, to assess the state of the art, and to discuss future developments.
Conference History: The first Engineering Foundation (now ECI) conferences on nonstoichiometric compounds were held at the beginning of the 1980s. Then, conferences focusing on “Nonstoichiometric Ceramics and Intermetallics” were held in the late 90s and early 2000s, followed by the ECI conferences on “Nonstoichiometric Compounds” in 2005, 2009 and 2012. The decision to return to the former name of the conference was determined by the desire to reach a wider audience. Contributions on intermetallics will, of course, be welcomed, but the emphasis will be on nonstoichiometric compounds.
Conference Outline: This conference will cover all aspects of nonstoichiometry in inorganic compounds. Topics will include theory, defect chemistry, electrical properties, thermopower, diffusion, electrochemical properties, mechanical properties (such as creep and fracture) and solid state reactions, all of which depend on nonstoichiometry. Materials will include single crystalline, polycrystalline and nanocrystalline ceramics with possible applications as, e.g., solid oxide fuel cells, batteries, transparent conducting oxides, thermoelectrics, sensors, oxygen permeation membranes, thermochemical cycles, superconductivity, magnetoresistivity, switching and memory devices, etc.
The conference will last four and 1/2 days and each half‑day session will consist of two keynote talks, followed by shorter presentations on current research topics germane to the keynote talks. There will also be two poster sessions.
The conference will consist of topical sessions on:
1. Bulk Defect Properties
2. Surface/Interface Defect Properties and Interface-controlled materials
4. Structural Studies
5. Thin Films
6. Material Synthesis and Processing
8. Applications (special focus to energy materials, i.e., oxide fuel cells, membrane materials, battery materials)
List of Confirmed Speakers
Professor Juergen Janek, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany Juergen.Janek@phys.Chemie.uni-giessen.de
Professor Yoshihiro Yamazaki, Inamori Frontier Research Center, Kyushu University, Japan email@example.com
Dr. Anthony McDaniel, Sandia National Laboratories, USA firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. M. Saiful Islam, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, UK
Prof. John Kilner, Department of Materials, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK
Prof. Truls Norby, Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo, Norway
Prof. Eric Toberer, Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines, USA
Prof. Manfred Martin, Department of Physical Chemistry, RWTH, Germany (past chair)
Prof. Han-Ill Yoo, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea, (past chair)
Prof. Sossina Haile, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University, USA
Prof. S. Yamaguchi, University of Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Filippo Maglia, Chemistry and Materials Technology, University of Pavia, Italy
Dr. Joseph Berry, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA
Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations: February 1, 2016
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations: February 1, 2016
One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above. The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.
Abstracts should be submitted electronically at:
The abstract template available at the above link must be followed for an abstract to be considered for presentation.
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Santa Fe, New Mexico: Santa Fe is a world-renowned travel destination with an unparalleled richness of history, heritage, arts and culture. Founded around 1608 it is the oldest state capital in the United States, and sits in the foothills of the Sangre de Christo Mountains. Santa Fe boasts a rich mix of culture, art and history as well as an average of 300 days of sunshine and blue sky per year. The Spanish engrained their culture and heritage upon the landscape and the city has proudly carried on Spanish traditions ever since.
The conference hotel (LaFonda) is the only Santa Fe hotel situated on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. The Plaza was the central place around which Spanish officials built houses and barracks. The Palace of the Governors, constructed soon after the Plaza was established, still stands on the Plaza’s north size, and is the oldest continuously occupied public building in the US.
As a major tourist destination Santa Fe offers a diverse array of activities. It is particularly known for its museums and art galleries, variety of restaurants, cultural activities and outdoor activities. Among the museums are the Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico History Museum, Museum of Indian Women in the Arts, Santa Fe Children’s Museum, Palace of the Governors (featuring a long colonnade used by local Pueblo Indians to sell handmade jewelry and wares, and hosts a museum filled with artifacts from Santa Fe’s early history, including weapons and armor from the original conquistadors), and Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian.
Sante Fe is a city of art and artists, featuring more than 200 art galleries within a two-mile radius and multiple world-class museums such as the Georgia O’Keefe Museum, New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. A stroll down the world-famous Canyon Road, with its restaurants, galleries and workshops, yields the full spectrum of work, from modern to tribal, paintings to sculptures, and everything in between.
Nowhere is Santa Fe’s Spanish influence more visible than the red-hued adobe walls of San Miguel Mission, built between 1610 and 1626. The church, which is the oldest in the United States, has all of the hallmarks of the original Spanish settlement: richly adorned vigas, thick adobe walls and deeply religious iconography, including a wooden statue of St. Michael that dates to 1709. Surrounding the mission is the Barrio De Analeo Historic District, with several homes dating back to the same period.
The city’s tight Colonial layout, centered on The Plaza, is extremely walkable, making attractions accessible to all.
For more information, please visit the official Santa Fe Convention and Visitors web site (www.santafe.org)
Nearby are additional attractions of interest, including
- The Bandelier National Monument (www.nps.gov/band/index.htm) provides the opportunity to see cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and other Native American artifacts and structures.
- The town of Los Alamos (http://www.visit.losalamos.com) is home of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Bradbury Science Museum (www.lanl.gov/museum/visit) which is operated by Los Alamos National Laboratory.
LaFonda on the Plaza: LaFonda on the Plaza holds a coveted place in Santa Fe history, a component in a rich tapestry of hospitality that predates American independence. City records indicate that La Fonda sits on the site of the town’s first inn, established when the city was founded by Spaniads in 1607, making the property the oldest hotel corner in America. LaFonda’s history can be traced back 400 years. In 1821, Captain William Becknell and his party found their way to the LaFonda during the maiden commercial route across the plains from Missouri, establishing the Santa Fe Trail as well as La Fonda’s reputation for hospitality. Throughout the 19th century, La Fonda quickly became the preferred lodging option among trappers, soldiers, gold seekers, gamblers and politicians.
Vibrant décor and authentic New Mexican architecture intermingle with amenities such as Wi-Fi, concierge services, free water, a complimentary business center and more. There is car rental on site, a fitness center with steam rooms, an all-season heated outdoor pool and hot tub, Keurig coffee makers in the rooms, robes and USB ports. The hotel boasts original artwork and hand-crafted furniture and there are several restaurants on site..
The wholly owned art collection of La Fonda on the Plaza began at the hotel’s inception, and has grown considerably over the years. Paintings by the best Pueblo artists were acquired in the early years. Original art work hangs in every guest room. The book, In Every Room: A Story of the Art, highlights the artists and artwork in the hotel.
Santa Fe is located approximately 60 miles north of Albuquerque. While there are limited direct flights to Santa Fe, most travelers fly into Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) which is accessible by most major US carriers. The airport has car rental facilities and a shuttle terminal.
The New Mexico Rail Runner Express (www.riometro.org/) carries passengers in and out of Santa Fe between Albuquerque and points south. There is no direct train from the Sunport. You must take a shuttle or taxi to the Albuquerque Train Station and catch the train north from there. Visit the New Mexico Rail Runner website for details. For more information, you may also call 1-866-795-RAIL.
The Sandia Shuttle Express (http://www.sandiashuttle.com/reservations.html) makes up to 30 trips a day to fit your travel schedule. They drop off and pick up at all major hotels. Visit their website for further information or to make reservations. All reservations must be guaranteed by a major credit card. You may also call them at 1-505-474-5696 or (toll free) at 1-888-775-5696.
Conference Fees and Registration
Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.
The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.
All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.