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Nanoscale oxide systems ranging from ultrathin films to two-dimensional layers and oxide nanoparticles (nanorods) are ubiquitous in fundamental condensed matter research and a plethora of possible applications in cutting edge technologies are emerging. Nanoscale oxides differ from their respective bulk materials due to an increased surface-to-volume ratio, due to proximity effects and due to their nanoscale spatial confinement, which all conspire to create novel physical and chemical properties. The presence of interfaces adds yet another degree of freedom in oxide nano-systems leading to the appearance of multifunctional behavior. The synthesis and fabrication of nanoscale oxide materials is still a challenge and their characterization to understand the tunability of functionalities that evolve due to their nanostructured nature provides another facet of challenge.

In this workshop, we will examine and discuss transformative research in the area of oxide nano-systems. Issues of synthesis, characterization of structure as well as of emergent physical and chemical phenomena will be at the focus of this workshop.

The workshop will assemble leading experts in the field to discuss the present state of the art and future opportunities in the area of nano-oxides, with special emphasis on the exchange of ideas between experimental and theoretical approaches. Emerging applications of nano-oxides in various fields of nanotechnology will provide another focus of the workshop.

The IUVSTA 86 workshop will take place in Ávila in the Hotel Reina Isabel from 1-6 July 2018.


  • Synthesis and preparation of nanoscale oxides
  • Characterization of nanoscale oxides: structure and electronic properties
  • 2-D oxide materials
  • Oxide nanoparticles/nanorods
  • Oxide-support interfaces
  • Emergent phenomena in physics and chemistry
  • Multifunctional nano-oxides
  • Catalytic chemistry on nano-oxides
  • Molecular adsorbates
  • Nanotechnology applications

List of invited speakers:

Campbell, Charlie. (University of Washington, USA)

Grönbeck, Henrik. (Chalmers University, Sweden (theory)

Castell, Martin. (Oxford University, GB)

Barth, Clemens. (Aix-Marseille University, CNRS. France)

Shluger, Alex. (University College London, London, UK)

Stankic, Slavica. (Universite Paris 06, France)

Luches, Paola. (Istituto Nanoscienze, CNRe, Modena, Italy)

Ganduglia-Pirovano. María Victoria. (Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquímica-CSIC. Spain)

Widdra, Wolf. (Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)

Invited Attendees:

Atom-scale and nano-scale architecture of NaTaO3 photocatalysts for   artificial photosynthesis Hiroshi Onishi Chemistry Department. Kobe University. Japan
Enhancing the oxygen electroreduction activity through electron tunnelling: CoOx ultrathin films on Pd(100) Gaetano Granozzi Department of Chemical Sciences. University of Padova. Italy
Formation and stability of reduced TOx layers on TO2 Annabella Selloni Department of Chemistry. Princeton University. USA
“Oxide Interlayers: promoters of charge transfer or inert decoupling layers or both?” Michael Ramsey University of Graz. Austria
Linkers groups on oxide surfaces in UHV and at the solid-liquid interface Joerg Libuda Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg. Germany
Can single crystal model catalyst based on thin oxide films tell us about real powder catalyst Hajo Freund Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany
Density functional studies of ceria-based nanostructures: Recent progress and challenges Konstantin Neyman ICREA-Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Scanning probe microscopy for solid/gas interfaces: Switching from metal surfaces to oxides Baran Eren Weizmann Institute of Science. Israel
Fabrication and modification of oxides on the nanoscale by focused electron beam induced processing Hubertus Marbach Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Germany
“Adsorption of water and large organic molecules on anatase surfaces”. Ruben Pérez Autonoma University of Madrid. Spain
Tracking the properties of oxides from nanosacale to bulk: Implications for nano-oxides based technologies Stefan Bromley IQTCUB. University of Barcelona-ICREA. Spain
Catalysis driven by 2D-oxide films Shamil Shaikhutdinov Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society. Germany
“Epitaxy of rare-earth oxides on transition metals: current status and perspectives” Jens Falta IFP.University of Bremen. Germany
Metal-semiconductor interaction in photo-catalysis: Au cluster size and coverage effects on H2 production over rutile TiO2(110) Idriss H. Hicham SABIC. Arabia Saudi
Quantitative analysis of mixed metal oxide systems using low energy electron microscopy Jan Ingo Flege University of Bremen. Germany
Mixed oxides at the nanoscale: Microscopic mechanisms behind their structural and electronic characteristics Claudine Noguera CNRS,   Institute des Nanosciences de Paris,   France.
Interface and structural film thickness evolution of conducting LAO films in STO(111) Xavier Torrelles ICMAB-CSIC. Barcelona. Spain
Electron stimulated hydroxylation of a silica bilayer on Ru(0001): on the role of radicals“ Thomas Risse Free University of Berlin. Germany
Orientation-dependent chemistry and band-bending of Ti thin layers on polar ZnO surfaces Greg Cabailh Sorbonne Université, Institut des NanoSciences de Paris, France
“Manipulating Properties of Thin Oxide Films by Electric Field: Experimental and Computational Design” Marek Sierka University of Jena. Germany
2D tungsten- and molybdenum-oxide layers on metals: The role of the oxide-metal interactions”. Svetlozar Surniev University of Graz. Austria
Ambient Pressure XPS as a Tool to Probe Metal-Oxide Catalyst Behaviour David Grinter Diamond Light Source
In2O3(111) – Surface Structure and Adsorption” Margareta Wagner Technical university of Wien. Austria
“Thin Water Films on Oxide Nanostructures: Growth, Stability and Transformation” Oliver Diwald University of Salzburg. Austria
“Level alignment in titania at the nanoscale Thomas Berger Salzburg University. Austria
New ambient pressure XPS studies of Co and water reaction with noble metal clusters on metal oxides Andrew Thomas University of Manchester. United Kingdom
XPS analysis and depth profiling of metal oxides thin films sing a Ar cluster source Mark Baker


University of Surreyu. United Kingdom
Improving Adhesion at weakly-interacting metal/oxide interfaces Jacek Goniakowski Institut de Nanosciences de Paris. France
Surface effect in NiO: A key to understand the electronics structure of NiO nanostructures Leonardo Soriano Autonoma University of Madrid. Spain
Interplay between metal support interaction and stability in Pt/Co3O4(111) Yaroslava Lykhach Friedrich-Alexander-Unibversität. Germany
Adatom extraction in the early stages of the oxidation of metallic


Mario Rocca Univesity of Geneve. italy
Adsorption of terraphenylporphyrin on MgO thin films: a XPS ans STM study Martin Sterrer University of Graz. Austria
“LEED-IV analyses of oxide nanostructures – structural elements determined with high accuracy”. Lutz Hammer Erlangen University. Germany
High-quality, one-step production of Au@TiO2 nanoparticlesby gas-phase synthesis Yves Huttel ICMMCSIC. Spain
Interaction and chemistry of molecules with oxide structures Alexander Schneider Erlangen University. Germany
Stiffness and epitaxy in thin films Jacques Jupille Institute de Nanoscience at Paris. France

Further information:

The organization of the workshop is structured as follows:

  • Each session will start with a review on a specific topic by an expert who will perform the presentation during one hour in a similar way as an invited lecture at a regular conference.
  • After that, the session will be open to invited attendees, to present a work under development or final results, with emphasis on  possible problems, expected result or future trends, during half an hour including discussion.

Invited attendees are selected by the IPC on the basis of their expertise on a particular topic.

If you need further information, contact:   J. l. de Segovia

Note    The WS has not publication, Authors could publish their work in the journal they want .

Dohnalek Z.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Gallego S.

Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid

Netzer F. (Co-Chairman)

Karl-Franzens University Graz

Thornton G. (Co-Chairman)

University College London

Widdra W.

Universität Halle-Wittenberg

Gutierrez A.

ASS Spain representative

Gomez–Silva A.

IUVSTA Nanometer (Chair)

Huttel Y.

Nanometer Spain representative

Fracassi F.

IUVSTA TF division (Chair)

Martkowski L.


Yubero F.

Thin Film Spain representative

Important Dates

January, 1st: Announcement and call for presentations.
January, 10th: Deadline for applications as an invited attendee.
February 1st:  Acceptance of applications as an invited attendee.
April 1st: Deadline for abstracts.
April 15th: Acceptance of abstracts.
April 25th: Preliminar program.
May 1st: Deadline for early registration. (Remember the number of participants is 50, “first come, first served”.)
June 15th: Final program.
June 29th: Deadline for registration, if available at all.
July 2nd: Start of IUVSTA workshop.
July 5th: End of IUVSTA workshop.

Abstract instructions and submission

Invited attendees are selected by the IPC on the basis of their expertise on a particular topic.

However, other interested people can also apply for an invitation. Please download form to apply for an invitation, fill in and and send by e-mail before March 1st, 2018 to J. L. de Segovia.

The number of participants is limited to 50 on the basis of “first come first serve”. If there are free places, the registration will be open to other selected applicants on the basis of their work.

* For “Invited Attendees“: Due to budget limitations waiving of registration fees, accommodation or traveling  support cannot be granted.

If you need further information, contact:   J. l. de Segovia

Workshop fee:

Early bird registration, before May 1st (TBD)

  • Senior:
  • Senior ASEVA member:
  • Student:
  • Student ASEVA member:

 Regular registration TBD

  • Senior:
  • Senior ASEVA,
  • Student:
  • Student ASEVA,

Conference dinner (Thursday 5th):   TBD

Registration includes:

  • Access to the building and scientific sessions.
  • Lunches from Mo to Th.
  • Welcome cocktail on July 1st, and tourist visit on July 3rd.
  • Workshop documents.
  • Coffee breaks (morning & afternoon).
  • Worshop special dinner on July 5th.

Attention: registration fees does not include dinner from Mo to Wed.

Registration instructions:

Oral talks

  • TBD

 Social activities:  congress diner, social event, welcome cocktail

  • Welcome party: Sunday 1st at 20:30, in Hotel Reina Isabel.
  • Walking tour: Tuesday 3rd at 20:00.
  • Workshop special dinner: Thursday 5th at 21:00 in Hotel Reina Isabel.


Venue: Hotel Reina Isabel

Address: Paseo de la Estación 17. 05001 Ávila (Spain)

Further information:

J. L. de Segovia

Getting there

By plane (to Madrid):

International or national flights arrive to Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas airport. From there you can choose coming to Ávila by car or train.

By car:

Ávila is located at approximately 115km northwest of Madrid. By car it takes around 1h15. You can rent-a-car at the airport.
Take the A-6 AP-51 to travel from Madrid to Avila by car. Note that “AP” roads in Spain are toll roads.

By bus:

There are regular buses throughout the day between Madrid and Avila. The journey takes 1h30 and costs about 8 euros. Buses leave from South Station (Estación Sur), in Mendez Alvaro (metro station). Check

By train:

The train from Avila to Madrid takes about 1h30 and costs about 10 euros. There are frequent trains throughout the day. You can take it from either Chamartin Station or from Nuevos Ministerios Station.

Hotel Reina Isabel is 150m from the Railway Station. Check or

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