The annual Physical Electronics Conference provides a forum for the dissemination and discussion of new research results in the physics and chemistry of surfaces and interfaces. It includes the prestigious Nottingham Prize Competition for best presentation based on doctoral research. The prestigious Nottingham Prize was established from contributions given in memory of Professor Wayne B. Nottingham of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by his many friends and associates.
In addition to three 40-minute invited talks, the conference will include 20-minute oral presentations in a single-session format with lively discussions. The conference’s three-day format limits the total number of oral contributions to about 50, and additional contributions are included as poster presentations. With the exception of Nottingham contestants, a one-page abstract is the sole written submission required of contributors.
The Physical Electronics Conference has been held on university campuses and at research labs around North America for 76 years. Portland State University has been selected to host the 77th annual Physical Electronics Conference (PEC). 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. Presentations of PhD thesis research, made by young contestants for the prestigious Nottingham prize ($1,500), are highlighted. Representative topics include electronic, chemical, magnetic, and structural properties of surfaces and interfaces; energetics, kinetics, and dynamics of physical, chemical, and biological transformations; electron correlation at surfaces and interfaces; interactions of biological materials; mechanisms of film growth, interface evolution, and reduced dimensionality; and processes of energy, electron, ion, and molecular transfer at surfaces and interfaces.