ALC '19 - 12th International Symposium on Atomic Level - Characterizations for New Materials and Devices

About ALC Symposium

The series of international symposia entitled “Atomic Level Characterization (ALC)” started in 1996 with the meeting in Kyoto, Japan under the auspices of the 141st Committee on Microbeam Analysis of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The ALC symposia focus on practical applications of atomic level characterization (both atomic dimensions and energy levels) of new materials and devices, including bio- and organic materials as well as inorganics. Descriptions of new applications and instrumentation for various analytical techniques of surface and interface analysis are solicited in these symposia. The goal is to promote stimulating discussions among researchers specializing in different probe methods. The symposium also encourages discussion of fundamental problems to be solved in the further development of atomic level characterization of materials, including approaches based on theory and simulations.

The 2nd ALC symposium was held at Maui (Hawaii) in 1997, the 3rd one at Nara (Japan) in 2001, the 4th at Kauai (Hawaii) in 2003, the 5th Kailua-Kona (Hawaii) in 2005, the 6th at Kanazawa (Japan) in 2007, the 7th at Maui (Hawaii) in 2009, the 8th at Seoul (Korea) in 2011, the 9th at Kona (Hawaii) in 2013, the 10th at Matsue (Japan) in 2015, and 11th at Kauai (Hawaii) in 2017. It is time to gather again for ALC’19, which will be held in Kyoto, Japan.

The official language of the symposium is English.

Scientific Topics

The sessions will cover the following topics:

Fundamental Phenomena
electron/ion/photon -solid interactions
emission phenomena of light, electrons, and ions
Characterization by Electrons / Ions / Infrared / Ultraviolet / X-rays
AES / XPS / XPED / EPMA / ISS / MEIS / RBS / SIMS / IR / etc.
Imaging Techniques
SPM / FIM / TOF-SIMS / optical molecular imaging / ultrafast imaging / etc.
Applications for Nanotechnology
nanowires / nanotubes / nanoparticles / graphene and 2D materials
solid-solid / solid-liquid interfaces
Advanced Materials Characterization
spintronics materials
environmental and advanced energy materials
cosmic and terrestrial materials
Special Sessions
Characterization of water on materials surface
Materials informatics and machine learning
Operando spectroscopy and ambient pressure measurements
Advanced biological and medical characterization (jointly-organized with SIMS XXII)
Tutorials :

Invited Speakers

Tutorial Lectures
Prof. Karl-Heinz ERNST (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology)
“Chirality and the emergence of molecular structure”
Prof. Yoshinori FUJIYOSHI (Nagoya University)
“Cryo-EM changes structural biology”
Dr. Mitsugu SATO (Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation)
“Optimization theory for scanning electron microscopy based on the information content of optical images”
Keynote Lecture
Prof. Masashi WATANABE (Lehigh University)
“Toward single-atom characterization in a thin specimen by an analytical electron microscope”
Plenary Lectures
Prof. Franz J. GIESSIBL (University of Regensburg)
“Exploring atomic forces on the picoscale”
Prof. Hideo OHNO (Tohoku University)
“Spintronics Nanodevices – From Interface to Advanced Computation”
Prof. Akira FUJISHIMA (Tokyo University of Science)
“Photoexcited Interface Reactions ― Photocatalysis and Its Applications”
Memorial Speakers
Prof. Friedrich AUMAYR (TU Wien)
“A tribute to Peter Varga”
Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter SCHNEIDER (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne)
“Highlights of the science and life of Peter Varga (1946 - 2018)”
Prof. Ulrike DIEBOLD (TU Wien)
“In memoriam Peter Varga: His legacy in the world of surface science, viewed from his home town Vienna in Austria”
Prof. Hiroshi DAIMON (Toyota Physical and Chemical Research Institute)
“Prof. Fadley’s achievements and thanks from ALC”
Prof. Dr. Claus Michael SCHNEIDER (Forschungszentrum Jülich)
“Charles S. Fadley: The German Years”
Prof. Bongjin Simon MUN (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology)
“My memories of professor Chuck S. Fadley”
Invited Speakers
Prof. Dr. Frank MEYER ZU HERINGDORF (University of Duisburg-Essen)
“Surface Plasmon Vortex Focusing”
Prof. Yukiko YAMADA-TAKAMURA (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
“Silicene and beyond: atomic level characterization of group IV 2D materials”
Prof. Michael Scott ALTMAN (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
“Visualizing strain relief by graphene nano-wrinkles on metals”
Prof. Ernst BAUER (Arizona State University)
“Oscillating spin reorientation transition in Co layers on W(110).”
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim FREUND (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society)
“Ultrathin silica and germania films and how this connects to catalysis!”
Prof. Tadahiro KOMEDA (Tohoku University)
“Atomic Scale Spin Analysis of Magnetic Molecules for Quantum Information Process”
Prof. Naoya SHIBATA (The University of Tokyo)
“Advance electron microscopy for atomic-scale electromagnetic field imaging”
Dr. Toru HARA (National Institute for Materials Science)
“Application of transition-edge sensor type microcalorimeter x-ray detector for compositional analysis in scanning electron microscopy”
Prof. Dr. Michael HORN VON HOEGEN (University of Duisburg-Essen)
“Structural Dynamics in the Si(111)-In atomic wire systems studied by femtosecond-RHEED: excitation, metastable states and relaxation”
Prof. Friedrich AUMAYR (TU Wien)
“Probing and manipulating 2D materials by ions”
Prof. Dr. Han Woong YEOM (Institute for Basic Science, Korea)
“Atomic level characterization of domain walls in 1D and 2D electronic orders”
Prof. Lada V. YASHINA (Lomonosov Moscow State University)
“Mechanistic studies of gas reactions with multicomponent solids: what can we learn by combining XPS and atomic resolution STEM/EDX?”
Dr. Shigekazu NAGAI (Mie University)
“Spin polarization of field-emitted electrons from Heusler alloy Co2MnGa(100) surface”
Prof. Dr. Wolf-Dieter SCHNEIDER (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne)
“Sensing the spin of a spectroscopically dark Ce adatom with a scanning tunneling microscope”
Prof. Dr. Claus Michael SCHNEIDER (Forschungszentrum Jülich)
“Towards an “all-in-one” photoemission experiment: Spin-resolved momentum microscopy”
Prof. Geoff THORNTON (University College London)
“Polarons on TiO2 and their affinity for water”
Prof. Peter BAUER (Johannes Kepler University Linz)
“Electronic stopping of protons and He ions in solids: transmission versus backscattering”
Prof. Andreas SCHMID (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
“Significant Dzyaloshinskii–Moriya interaction at graphene–ferromagnet interfaces due to the Rashba effect”
Prof. Emer. Keisuke GOTO (Nagoya Institute of Technology)
“Auger and Secondary Electron Data Base”
Prof. Yuji TAKAKUWA (Tohoku University)
“Oxidation-induced generation kinetics of point defect on Si(001) surfaces observed in situ by UPS, XPS, and RHEED combined with AES”
“Quasicrystalline atomic layers: A real and momentum space characterization”
Prof. Noriko AKUTSU (Osaka Electro-Communication University)
“Faceted macrostep-height dependence of the surface and the step velocities: reaction-limited (interface-limited) crystal growth”
Dr. Ing-Shouh HWANG (Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica)
“Development of low-voltage coherent electron imaging methods based on a single-atom electron source”
Prof. Dr. phil. Richard BERNDT (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel)
“Probing and controlling molecular spins on surfaces”
Prof. Thomas GREBER (University of Zurich)
“Exploring transferred large scale single layers of hexagonal boron nitride”
Prof. Yoshimasa KAWATA (Shizuoka University)
“High resolution bio-imaging with electron-beam excitation assisted (EXA) optical microscopy”
Prof. Bongjin Simon MUN (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology)
“CO oxidation of Pt3Ni(111) surface with ambient pressure XPS and STM”
“Progress of atom probe tomography analysis on specific grain boundaries and interfaces in steel”
Dr. Yousoo KIM (RIKEN)
“Single-molecule optical spectroscopy with STM”
Prof. Hiroshi DAIMON (Toyota Physical and Chemical Research Institute)
“Valence-selective atomic resolution holography and high-energy-resolution display-type analyzer”
Prof. D. Phil WOODRUFF (University of Warwick)
“Understanding metal/organic interfaces; TCNQ on coinage metal surfaces”
Special Session
— Characterizations of Water at Surface and Interface —
Prof. Dr. Ellen BACKUS (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research)
“Water at the silica interface in rest and under flow”
Prof. Yoshikazu HOMMA (Tokyo University of Science)
“Characterization of phase of water confined in nanospace”
Prof. Shu-hei URASHIMA (Tokyo University of Science)
“Surface-selective vibrational spectroscopic measurements on solid materials under humidity-controlled atmosphere”
Dr. Yuki ARAKI (Kyoto University)
“Influence of interface water of clay minerals on ion adsorption”
Special Session
— Materials Informatics and Machine Learning —
Dr. Baptiste GAULT (Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH)
“Can machine learning bring atom probe microscopy closer to analytical atomic-scale tomography?”
Dr. Alex HENDERSON (The University of Manchester)
“To bag, or to boost? A question of balance.”
Prof. Shunsuke MUTO (Nagoya University)
“Machine learning techniques for electron microscopic/spectroscopic image data analysis”
Prof. Dr. Kazuya OKAMOTO (Yamaguchi University)
“Importance of advanced metrology in semiconductor industry and value-added creation using AI”
Special Session
— Operando Spectroscopy and Ambient Pressure Measurements —
Dr. Yasumasa TAKAGI (Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute)
“Development of ambient pressure hard x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy at SPring-8.”
Special Session
— Advanced Biological and Medical Characterization (jointly-organized with SIMS XXII) —
Prof. Terumitsu HASEBE (Tokai University)
“Hybrid Nano-coating For The Next-generation Drug-eluting Stents Technology”

Sponsors and Supports

Call for Exhibitions and Advertisements

Sponsorship of ALC’19 symposium comes with the opportunity for substantial exposure to a focused audience. Details of the sponsorship are described in the application form below. If you would like to be a sponsor, please download the application form below and follow the instruction described in it. Contact address of the corresponding person is also written in the application form. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Host Organization
The 141st Committee on Microbeam Analysis of JSPS
Joint Sponsors
JVSS Logo The Japan Society of Vacuum and Surface Science
ASS Logo JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas “3D Active-Site Science”
W-FST Logo Water Frontier Science & Technology Research Center, Research Institute for Science & Technology, Tokyo University of Science
Kwansei Gakuin University Kwansei Gakuin University
Exhibitions & Advertisements
Premium Sponsors (with luncheon seminar)
Focus GmbH Focus GmbH
Scienta Omicron, Inc. Scienta Omicron, Inc.
Special Sponsors
Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation
ThermoFisher Scientific ThermoFisher Scientific
TOYO Corporation TOYO Corporation
Standard Sponsors
Kaihatsu Jutaku 21 Kaihatsu Jutaku 21
Financial Supports
Kwansei Gakuin University
The Murata Science Foundation
Kyoto City and the Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau (Kyoto MICE)
Kyoto Prefecture and Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau (Kyoto MICE)
Catalysis Society of Japan
The Ceramic Society of Japan
The Chemical Society of Japan
The Japan Institute of Metals and Materials
The Japan Society of Applied Physics
The Japanese Association for Crystal Growth
The Japanese Society for Synchrotron Radiation Research
The Japanese Society of Microscopy
The Mass Spectrometry Society of Japan
The Physical Society of Japan
The Society of Polymer Science, Japan
The Spectroscopical Society of Japan
Surface Analysis Society of Japan
The Surface Finishing Society of Japan
The 131st Committee on Thin Film of JSPS
The 132nd Committee on Electron and Ion Beam Science and Technology of JSPS
The 133rd Committee on Microstructures and Functions of Materials of JSPS
The 145th Committee on Processing and Characterization of Crystals of JSPS
The 151st Committee on Advanced Nanodevice and Nanomaterial Technology of JSPS
The 154th Committee on Semiconductor Interfaces and Their Applications of JSPS
The 158th Committee on Vacuum Nanoelectronics of JSPS
The 162nd Committee on Wide Bandgap Semiconductor Photonic and Electronic Devices of JSPS
The 167th Committee on Nano-probe Technology of JSPS
The 177th Committee on System Design and Integration of JSPS
The 186th Committee on Radiation Science and Its Applications of JSPS
The 191st Committee on Innovative Interface Bonding Technology of JSPS
The 193rd Committee on Measurement and Characterization Platform of JSPS

Committee Members

International Advisory Committee
Chair: Yoshikazu Homma (Tokyo University of Science)
Member: M.S. Altman, F. Aumayr, E. Bauer, H. Daimon, W. Eberhardt, K.-H. Ernst, C.S. Fadley, H. Freund, T. Gustafsson, H. Hibino, H.J. Kang, T. Koshikawa, H. Lichite, J. Matsuo, Y. Nihei, C. Oshima, H. Rose, Y. Saito, M. Scheffler, C. Schneider, W.-D. Schneider, R. Shimizu, M. Sugitama, T. Takeuchi, G. Thornton, W. Widdra, R. Wiesendanger, H.W. Yoem
Organizing Committee
Chair: Hiroshi Daimon (Nara Institute of Science and Technology)
Member: P. Bauer, K. Dohmae, D. Fujita, F.J. Giessibl, T. Greber, M.H. Haegen, S. Hasegawa, S. Hashimoto, F.M. Heringdorf, H. Hibino, T. Hirayama, I.S. Hwang, S. Ichimura, M. Kambe, J. Kawai, T. Kawano, K. Kimura, T. Kohashi, T. Koshikawa, A. Locatelli, E. Lundgren, G. Mizutani, K. Morita, K. Obori, R. Oiwa, C. Oshima, H. Petek, T. Sato, M. Setou, H. Shimoyama, A. Schmid, S. Suzuki, Y. Takai, Y. Takakuwa, W. Tang, S. Tanuma, Y. Watanabe, J. Watts, T. Yasue, H. Yurimoto
Steering Committee
Chair: Hiroki Hibino (Kwansei Gakuin University)
Vice-chair: M. Sugiyama, T. Takeuchi
Advisor: J. Matsuo, K. Obori, R. Oiwa
Secretariat: T. Hayasaka, K. Kitamura, S. Nagai, H. Nakahara
Member: H. Chatani, K. Dohmae, S. Hashimoto, Y. Hori, S. Imashuku, T. Kawano, M. Kiuchi, M. Nojima, E. Nomura, M. Owari, T. Sakamoto, J. Sameshima, S. Suzuki, A. Takano, K. Tanaka, T. Tanaka, K. Yanagiuchi
Finance Committee
Chair: Tomoshige Sato (JEOL)
Vice-chair: S. Awata, R. Oiwa
Member: H. Furukawa, E. Nomura, K. Shingu
Program Committee
Chair: Goro Mizutani (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Vice-chair: T. Nagatomi, K. Yanagiuchi
Advisor: T. Koshikawa, Y. Takai, H. Yurimoto
Secretariat: S. Awata, T. Kohashi
Member: K. Asakura, T. Hasebe, T. Hirayama, J. Kawai, K. Kimura, S. Morita, S. Nagai, C. Oshima, K. Tanaka, S. Tanuma
Publication Committee
Chair: Susumu Shiraki (Nippon Institute of Technology)
Vice-chair: F. Matsui, S. Aoyagi
Secretariat: S. Imashuku, Y. Kawano
Member: S. Ichimura, A. Kurokawa, R. Shimizu, S. Suzuki, T. Yasue

Call for Papers

Call for Post-deadline Papers

Post-deadline papers reporting the latest and significant work related to atomic level characterizations can be accepted for presentation. The deadline of the application is shown below. The formats of the abstract and proceeding are the same as those for the regular submission. Please refer to the subsection [New Application] below. Acceptance of post-deadline papers will be notified by September 18.

We encourage the submission of papers describing work related to the symposium topics. Each contributor should submit a talk title, brief abstract (text only, within 150 words) and contact information via the ALC’19 web site by an application deadline shown below. The program committee will make a decision to accept or reject titles by Aug 2nd, 2019, and the decision will be announced by e-mail to each author. The submitted brief abstract will be appeared on a program book.

All accepted authors are then required to submit 2-6 pages of camera-ready manuscripts for the proceedings. Authors submitting no manuscript for proceedings will be judged to have withdrawn their papers. The book of proceedings is not a publication. The books (or its PDF data) are handed out at the registration desk only to the participants. See “Proceedings” page for details of preparation and submission of manuscript for proceedings.

Accepted authors can also submit papers to journals with peer review (see “Journals” page).

Students can apply to the student awards. Non-students can apply to the travel support for young scientists. In addition, everyone can apply to the excellent presentation awards. See “Student Awards”, “Support for Young Scientists”, and “Excellent Presentation Awards” pages for detailed instructions.

Abstract Submission

New Application

If you are new to submit an abstract, enter your e-mail address and click the button below. An e-mail which inditaces a link to the submission site will send within minutes. Please follow instructions in the e-mail. When submitting multiple abstracts, it is necessary to obtain an application ID for each abstract. If multiple requests have been made, only the last accepted one is valid, so when making multiple posts, please make a new request after the first post is complete.

Please make sure that the e-mail from the secretariat [] is not judged as a junk mail by your e-mail software. In rare cases, automatic sending mail may be rejected by the receiving server. If you do not receive an automatic reply and are not classified as spam, ask your mail server administrator if the “” domain and/or “” domain are not filtered out. Another workaround is to use email addresses from other domains, such as gmail etc. This e-mail address is only for communication between the secretariat and the speaker, and will not be public, so it does not have to be in your organization.

Revise Submitted Abstract

To revise the submitted abstract, put your application ID number, e-mail address and the registered password, then click on the [Revise Abstract] button below.

Revisions of the submitted information should be made before the abstract deadline. Revisions sent after the deadline will be ignored.

Proceedings (without peer review)

authors of accepted contributions and invited speakers are asked to submit a 2-6 pages of camera-ready manuscript for proceedings by deadline described below. No distinction will be made between oral and poster presentations. The proceedings will appear on this web site. The password for accessing papers in the proceedings will be notified only to participants of ALC’19.

Contributed papers without submission of manuscripts
will be judged to have been withdrawn.
There is no peer review for the proceedings, and its distribution is only limited to participants of the symposium and members of the 141st Committee on Microbeam Analysis (the symposium sponsor). Authors can also submit papers to a journal for publication (see “Journals with peer review” page).

Proceedings Deadline
September 20th (Fri), 2019
How to Prepare a Manuscript for Proceedings
2 to 6 pages of camera-ready manuscript must be in clear English and typed within a rectangle 170 mm wide by 240 mm high (left/right/top/bottom margins of 20/20/27/30 mm) on A4 paper (NOT US letter). The required format is:

Title (12-point, bold, Times New Roman or Times like font), centered at the top of the page.
Author’s name(s), affiliation(s), address(es) and e-mail address of the corresponding author, centered below the title with one blank line using 10-point Times New Roman or Times like font. Underline the name of the corresponding author.
150 mm wide single column abstract text is placed below the e-mail address. The abstract is in 9-point font and should be shorter than 200 words.
Two columns (each column has 81 mm width and the column spacing is 8 mm) of body text should start after one blank line using 10-point Times New Roman or Times like font, including references and figure/table if necessary. Please use single line spacing.
Color figures are available.
Page numbers should NOT be included.
Convert the prepared file into PDF format using Adobe Acrobat or other compatible software. Other file types are NOT acceptable.
Templates for a Camera Ready Manuscript
You can use one of the following templates for preparation of a manuscript for proceedings.

Proceeding Manuscript Template (LaTeX) (tex, 9.5 KB)
Proceeding Manuscript Template (Word) (docx, 17.9 KB)
Manuscript Submission for Proceedings
Put your application ID number, e-mail address and the registered password, then click on the [Manuscript Submission for Proceedings] button below. If you submit a manuscript twice (or more), the last one overwrites the prior one.

Publication with peer review

Selected papers will be considered for publication in Special Topic Collections of “e-Journal of Surface Science and Nanotechnology” (e-JSSNT; JVSS).

e-JSSNT Manuscript Submission Deadline
The e-JSSNT manuscript submission deadline has been extended to

January 13th (Mon), 2020
How to Prepare and Submit a Manuscript
Prepare your manuscript according to e-JSSNT instructions.
Visit the ScholarOne system and login to the web system. Please create your account first if you have never logged in before.
Select “Conference (Proceedings)” for your manuscript type from the list at “Step 1: Type, Title, & Abstract”, and select “Conference-ALC” for the conference name at “Step 3: Attributes”.
Fill in other fields as same as a normal submission, and proceed.
All reviewing and publication processes will be conformed with e-JSSNT procedure. Please follow the instructions written in the e-JSSNT web site. Note that Article Processing Charge is free.

Manuscript Templates
LaTeX Style File (tex, 3.0 KB)
LaTeX Template [style file above is required] (tex, 13.3 KB)
Word Template (Single column) (docx, 597.9 KB)
Word Template (Two columns) (docx, 597.5 KB)

Presentation Instructions

Instructions for Oral Presentations

A PC projector is available for oral presentations. Please bring your own laptop and connect it to our system during a break time prior to the session featuring your presentation. Since the projector has a normal VGA connector (analog RGB), do not forget to bring a VGA adopter if your PC has a non-VGA (i.e. HDMI, DVI, mini DisplayPort etc.) connector. Please note that overhead projectors, 35mm slide projectors or any other presentation equipment is NOT available.

Presentation Duration

Instructions for Poster Presentations

Effective size of a poster board is 1150 mm in hight and 950 mm in width (A0 sized poster is recommended).
When preparing your poster, please include a program number, a title of your presentation and listed author(s). A sign with your program number will be placed at the location where you are to display your work.

Presenters are requested to be present at (or near) their poster during the times scheduled for poster viewing. Posters must be removed following your session by the presenting authors. Please note that we cannot take responsibility for any posters left on the boards after the session. Posters will be removed and discarded by the conference committee if they remain on the poster boards the next morning after the poster session.

Excellent Presentation Award

Congratulations! The following 4 talks won the Excellent Presentation Award of ALC’19.
• Prof. Tsuyoshi TAKAMI (Kyoto University)
Lithium diffusion analysis of a new La−Li−Co−O electrolyte using the maximum entropy method [22p-AP-62]
• Mr. Keisuke ISHIZEKI (Tokyo University of Science)
Computational study on temperature dependence of electrical resistance of nitrogen-substituted carbon nanotubes [22p-AP-23]
• Mr. Yoshihiro CHIDA (Tohoku University)
Scanning transmission microscopic observations for Pt and SnO2(hkl) interfaces [22p-AP-66]
• Mr. Kazuya KUNOH (Mie University)
Evidence of spin-polarized electronic state at edges of graphene oxide studied by field emission spin polarimetry [22p-AP-40]

Support for Young Scientists

A limited number of partial travel support is available for researchers under 40 years old (as of October 2019, rough guideline). Only those who are accepted for paper presentation and have financial difficulty in traveling will be considered for the support. Students are ineligible for this support (students can apply to the Student Award).

The applicant must be the first author of the presentation. To apply for the Travel Support, an application document which includes (1) a letter of application with a statement of reason and (2) 1 page of abstract must be prepared. A written form must be saved in a PDF format and should be sent together with a short (< 150 words) abstract. A template file of the document can be downloaded below. The deadline is the same as that for the regular abstract submission, May 31st, 2019.

The steering committee will strictly judge whether the application should be accepted or not, and a notification will be sent by an e-mail to the applicant by the early registration deadline. Accepted authors receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to ¥50,000 in cash, only available at the registration desk (no prepay available).