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Breakout symposia will be held on Thursday, August 16, in morning and afternoon sessions. Submit a symposium abstract here for both contributed and invited talks. The abstract submission deadline to be considered for a contributed symposium talk is May 30, 2018.

Quantum Information Science at the Nanoscale

Organizers: Stefano Cabrini*, Erika Penzo, Colin Ophus

From many parts of society there is growing demand for fully functioning quantum information systems, but many fundamental and practical discoveries are still needed before these systems can be realized. In particular, nanoscale investigation techniques and qubit fabrication must be developed, along with new material discoveries, in support of quantum computing. Quantum sensors and actuators will open new paradigms to navigate the nano-scale world with remarkable precision and sensitivity. Such tools will be invaluable to the development of true quantum information processors. We are entering the quantum era and we start to see that the possibilities ahead look like limitless.

Confirmed speakers:
Mark Kasevich, Stanford University
Alessandra Lanzara, Berkeley Lab
David Pappas, NIST

Rational Design of Photo-Electrochemical Energy Materials

Organizers:Sherry Zheng*, David Prendergast, and Francesca Toma

The efficiency with which renewable fuels and feedstocks are synthesized from solar and electrical sources is limited at present by the sluggish theory to guide rational design of novel materials. The goal of this workshop is to bring together a group of scientists to exchange ideas and discuss the rational design rules in photo-electrochemical systems.

Confirmed speakers:
Maria Chan, Argonne National Laboratory
Feng Lin, Virginia Tech
Suljo Linic, University of Michigan
Yuan Ping, University of California, Santa Cruz
Yang Yu, MIT

Multimodal In Situ Characterization of Hard/Soft Materials Across Interfaces and Multiple Scales, Parts I & II

Organizers:Jong Seto*, Paul Ashby, Gregory Su, Behzad Rad, Thomas Pekin

Recent advances in characterization techniques have enabled detailed in situ investigations that can probe dynamic processes. Methods including scanning probe microscopy, electron microscopy and synchrotron X-ray techniques can capture processes in real time and under relevant conditions, such as at elevated temperature and in liquid environments. In situ characterization tools will play an increasingly important role in gaining fundamental understanding of important phenomena, and multiple complementary techniques will be required. This symposium will bring together researchers involved in cross-disciplinary work taking place at the Molecular Foundry and beyond to showcase cutting edge multimodal in situ capabilities and foster collaboration and new directions.

Confirmed speakers:
Artur Braun, Empa
William Chueh, Stanford University
Takeshi Fukuma, Kanazawa University
Daniel Gianola, UC Santa Barbara
Na Ji, UC Berkeley
William Landis, UCSF
Shalin Mehta, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
Rajesh Naik, Air Force Research Laboratory
Richard Saykally, UC Berkeley
Mitra Taheri, Drexel University
Jinhui Tao, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Semisoft Matter: Preparations and Possibilities in Hybrid Nanomaterials

Organizers: Nate Hohman*, Stephen Whitelam

The interfaces between hard and soft materials has become ever more relevant as the chemical and structural diversity of both classes has expanded. Hard materials include inorganic metals and semiconductors, while soft includes polymers and supramolecular assemblies. Recently, hybrid materials containing structures and functionality of both combined in single materials to merge the advantages of hard materials with the organization and self-assembly of soft materials. This symposium relates to the unique challenges posed by synthesizing, analyzing, and exploiting such ""semisoft"" matter, with a particular emphasis on hybrid crystals, including hybrid perovskites, chalcogenolates, and functionalized low-dimensional nanostructures.

Confirmed speakers:
Judy Cha, Yale University
Vincent Tung, KAUST
Kristie Koski, UC David

Ultrafast and Ultrasmall: From Spatio-Temporal Dynamics to Emergent Phenomena

Organizers: Robert Kaindl*, Stefano Cabrini, Adam Schwartzberg

The close link between nanoscale and ultrafast phenomena motivates the study of fundamental physics with high spatial and temporal resolution, and the design of novel materials for tailored light-matter interactions. This symposium will explore recent materials research in this area along with novel instrumentation approaches to access spatio-temporal dynamics. Phenomena of interest include e.g. dynamics and control of quasiparticles and collective excitations, interfacial charge transfer, nano-plasmonics and strong-field coupling, or magnetization dynamics in layered, nanostructured, or inhomogeneous materials. Moreover, we aim to discuss new opportunities that arise from resolving dynamics across different length scales to clarify fluctuations, inhomogeneous states, and light-driven phase transitions in quantum materials.

Confirmed speakers:
Daniele Filippetto, Berkeley Lab. “Ultrafast electron diffraction at HiRES”
Xiaoqin (Elaine) Li, University of Texas, Austin
Holger Schmidt, University of California Santa Cruz. “Ultrafast magnetoelastic dynamics of single nanomagnets”
Markus Raschke, University of Colorado. “Ultrafast and Nonlinear Nanoscopy”
Sujoy Roy, Berkeley Lab. “Fluctuations and dynamics of Skyrmions”

Perovskite-Based Optoelectronic Materials

Organizer: Yi Liu*

Recent advances in the field of Perovskite optoelectronic materials represent one of the most rapidly growing research areas worldwide. Perovskites in the form of nanocrystal, single crystal, thin film or composites have drawn great attention for their potential applications in solar cells, light emitting devices, lasers, and photodetectors. The ionic nature of ABX3 type Perovskite gives rise to unusual and exceptional optoelectronic characteristics, crystallographic properties and photovoltaic performance. Research efforts in the fundamental understanding of the photophysics, together with the synthetic advances in fine-tuning synthetic and self-assembly protocols offer unparalleled opportunity to the discovery of novel high-performance materials. This symposium aims to bring together broad expertise from the chemists, materials scientists and physicists to discuss the forefront of the research in perovskite single crystals, nanocrystals and solar cells. It will also serve as the forum for discussing fundamental challenges and emerging properties of this unique class of materials.

Confirmed speakers:
Jingsong Huang, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Carolin Sutter-Fella, Berkeley Lab
Yang Yang, UCLA

Industry Research at the Foundry

Organizer: Aditya Balasubramanian*

Early-stage product research and development is challenging, requiring technical expertise, expensive instrumentation, and a collaborative environment. The Molecular Foundry successfully supports a gamut of users and projects with industrial connections focused on product research, development, and technical de-risking. Collaborating industries range from pre-incorporated research teams trying to build an idea into a company to industry giants investigating fundamental problems and processes. This symposium session focusses on the industrial research and product development activities at the Molecular Foundry. The session features Foundry users from start-ups and established industries presenting talks on fundamental science, product development, commercialization, and business growth.

Confirmed speakers:
Guillermo Garcia, Co-Founder and CSO, Heliotrope
Aeron Hammack, CEO and Co-Founder, EpiBiome
David S Kuo, Sr. Director, Seagate
Steve Rozeveld, Dow Chemicals
Beth Zotter, Technology economics expert, Cyclotron Road, Berkeley Lab