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ALC '22
14th International Symposium on Atomic Level
Characterizations for New Materials and Devices '22
October 16 (Sun) – 21 (Fri), 2022
Bankoku Shinryokan, Okinawa JAPAN
Due to the unpredictable impact of COVID-19, information on this site may change from time to time, even if it is definitive.
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Latest News

2022-07-01: The deadline for registration and hotel reservations has been extended to accommodate the additional calls for presentations. The preliminary program release date has also been changed to July 31, and an acceptance notice will be sent to all applicants by the same date.
2022-07-01: We are now accepting post-deadline paper submissions. Please submit your abstract by July 15 (for oral presentation) or by July 25 (for poster presentation) via the Abstract Submission page as same as the normal submission. You can also apply to the awards as well.
2022-05-09: Abstract submission deadline has been extended to May 31. Please take this opportunity to submit your abstract.
2022-03-01: Finally, it was decided that ALC'22 will be held face-to-face at the Bankoku Shinryokan in Okinawa, Japan.
2021-04-19: We are now preparing for postponed symposium (ALC'21→ALC'22). Please wait for a while for concrete information.

COVID-19 Infection Control

For current Covid-19 guidance, please refer to the Japanese Government Consular Services webpage, the Japanese Border Measures from the Ministry of Health webpage. We, the organizing committee, require participants to take all of the following actions:

  • Scan your body temperature with a non-contact thermometer and clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer provided at Conference Hall entrance.
  • Wear face masks that fully cover your nose and mouth in the Conference Hall.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Do not speak while eating and drinking.
  • If you develop symptoms of a cold (fever, fatigue, etc.), remain in your hotel room.
  • If you become PCR-positive either during the conference, or just after the conference, immediately notify us with an email to the secretariat.

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Important Dates

Abstract Deadline: May 31, 2022
Post Deadline Papers: Jul 15, 2022
Post Deadline Papers (Poster Only): Jul 25, 2022
Preliminary Program: Jul 31, 2022
Early Registration Deadline: Aug 31, 2022
Hotel Reservation Deadline: Aug 31, 2022 *
First Day of the Symposium: Oct 16, 2022
Publication Manuscript (e-JSSNT): Dec 12, 2022
Publication Manuscript (JVSTB): Mar 22, 2023
* Hotel reservations can still be made after the deadline, but rooms may become unavailable.

ALC Symposium

The series of international symposia entitled “Atomic Level Characterization (ALC)” started in 1996 with the meeting in Kyoto, Japan. 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, the 12th at Kyoto(Japan) in 2019.

In 2020, the organizer of this symposium was transferred from Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) to the Japan Society of Vacuum and Surface Science (JVSS). The first meeting after the change of organizer was originally scheduled to be held in Okinawa as ALC'21, however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was postponed to 2022 as ALC'22. Instead, the 13th ALC'21 was held online as a pre-meeting for ALC'22.

After a year of postponement, the face-to-face ALC'22 will finally be held in Okinawa, Japan.


About Okinawa

Okinawa locates in the southernmost part of Japan, and belongs to the Ryukyu islands which is a chain of isolated islands extend over 1,000 km from south of Kyusyu (one of main islands of Japan) to Taiwan. Historically, the Ryukyu Kingdom first unified Okinawa islands in 1429 and strived to promote cultural exchange through trade with China and Southeast Asia. The first king Shō Hashi built Shuri Castle in Naha, which is the present seat of the Okinawa prefectural government. Unfortunately Shuri Castle was destroyed by a fire in the last year. After the invasion of Satsuma in 1609, Ryukyu became a part of Japan’s shogunate system. In 1879, Japanese government established Okinawa prefecture, which was the disruption of the Ryukyu Kingdom. After the World War II, Okinawa placed under American rule, and was reverted to Japan in 1972.

You can find useful information on Okinawa in the following URL.

Okinawa has so much to offer including the beautiful sea, natural forests, world heritage sites with long histories, a unique food culture and more. Okinawa belongs to a subtropical climate having a warm climate throughout the year. So let’s join us and enjoy the tropical island life at Okinawa in 2021.

About Bankoku Shinryokan Okinawa Resort MICE Facility

Bankoku Shinryokan is located in the center of the main island of Okinawa, about 75km away from Naha International Airport. The best location conditions facing the the East China Sea. It is the Resort MICE venue focused on international exchange in the 21st century and established as the main Convention Center for the 2000 Kyushu-Okinawa G8 Summit and has hosted many MICE.

Scientific Topics

The sessions will cover the following topics:

  1. Fundamental Phenomena
    • electron/ion/photon -solid interactions
    • emission phenomena of light, electrons, and ions
  2. Characterization by Electrons / Ions / Infrared / Ultraviolet / X-rays
    • AES / XPS / XPED / EPMA / ISS / MEIS / RBS / SIMS / IR / etc.
  3. Imaging Techniques
    • TEM / STEM / AEM / SEM / SAM / REM / LEEM / PEEM
    • SPM / FIM / TOF-SIMS / optical molecular imaging / ultrafast imaging / etc.
  4. Applications for Nanotechnology
    • nanowires / nanotubes / nanoparticles / graphene and 2D materials
    • solid-solid / solid-liquid interfaces
  5. Advanced Materials Characterization
    • spintronics materials
    • environmental and advanced energy materials
    • cosmic and terrestrial materials
  6. Special Sessions
    • Micro-analysis using novel quantum beam
    • Evolution of scanning probe techniques for materials analysis
    • Operando spectroscopy and ambient pressure measurements
    • Materials informatics and machine learning
    • Quantum sensing in metrology and imaging
    • Ion beam analysis for nano & bio materials
  7. Tutorials

Invited Speakers

Plenary Talks

Prof. Kawai
Prof. Maki KAWAI (President, National Institute of Natural Sciences)
“Behavior of Molecules at Surfaces — Fundamental Understanding of Catalysis and Molecule to Function in IT —”
Prof. Dr. Frank-J. MEYER ZU HERINGDORF (University Duisburg-Essen)
“Nonlinear Photoemission Microscopy with Surface Plasmon Polaritons”

Tutorial Lectures

Prof. Aono
Prof. Masakazu AONO (MANA/NIMS)
“Nano World Pioneered by Surface Science and Technology”
Prof.Dr. Lichte
Prof. Dr. Hannes LICHTE (Technische Universität Dresden)
“Electron Holography: Electron Waves for Comprehensive Analysis of Nanostructures and Fields — Possibilities and Limits”
Prof.Dr. Fox
Prof. Neil FOX (University of Bristol)
“Energy-filtered Spectromicroscopy with a Laser-Driven, Tunable Light Source”

Other Invited Speakers

Ichiro Akai (Kumamoto University, Japan)
“Bayesian spectroscopy for synchrotron radiation spectra”
Michael Scott Altman (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK)
Friedrich Aumayr (TU Wien, Vienna, Austria)
“Probing and manipulating 2D heterostructures with monolayer precision”
Peter Bauer (Johannes Kepler Universität, Austria)
“Ion induced electronic interactions”
Tyler Cocker (Michigan State University, USA)
“Lightwave-driven scanning tunneling spectroscopy as a tool for exploring new materials on the atomic scale”
Keshav D​ani (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan)
Bhupendra N. Dev (Centre for Quantum Engineering, Research and Education, India)
“Superconductor-ferromagnet hybrids (SFH) and the growth of epitaxial/endotaxial SFH nanostructures on silicon”
Wolfgang Eberhardt (DESY-CFEL, Germany)
“Designing the System of the Future”
Karl-Heiz Ernst (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
“On-surface chemistry of chiral helical aromatic hydrocarbons”
Hajo Freund (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany)
“Surface Action Spectroscopy with Inert Gas Messenger Atoms”
Yuki Fukaya (Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Japan)
“Structure analysis of 2D materials by total-reflection high-energy positron diffraction (TRHEPD)”
Keiki Fukumoto (High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Japan)
“Electron Transport at Organic Hetero-interfaces using Femtosecond Photoemission Electron Microscopy”
Franz Giessibl (University of Regensburg, Germany)
“Very weak bonds to artificial atoms formed by quantum corrals”
Thomas Greber (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
“Quality of Single Layer Hexagonal Boron Nitride on Transition Metals”
Shangir Gwo (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)
Shuji Hasegawa (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Michael Horn von Hoegen (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Suguru Ito (University of Marburg, Germany)
“Subcycle time-resolved ARPES on lightwave-driven processes”
Berthold Jaeck (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HK)
“Microscopic insights in correlated and topological quantum materials from scanning tunnelling microscopy experiments”
Siddharth Karkare (Arizona State University, USA)
“Ultracold and Ultrafast Electron Sources for Microscopy and”
Satoru Kato (TOYOTA CENTRAL R&D LABS., Japan)
“Synchrotron X-ray imaging of liquid water formation and transport in polymer electrolyte fuel cells”
Takashi Kumagai (Fritz Haber Institut der MPG/Germany and Institute of Molecular Science/Japan, Germany)
“Atomic-Scale Optical Spectroscopy at Surfaces”
Christian Linsmeier (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany)
“Surface Science Contributions to Fusion Research”
Edvin Lundgren (Lund University, Sweden)
“2D surface optical reflectance for surface studies in harsh environments”
Thomas Lunkenbein (Fritz Haber Institut der MPG, Germany)
“Adding complexity to simple solid state catalysts: Operando electron microscopy insights into heterogeneous catalysis”
Fumihiko Matsui (Institute for Molecular Science, Nantion Institutes of Natural Sciences, Japan)
“Surface resonance and monoatomic step of graphite surface imaged by Photoelectron Momentum Microscope”
Emi Minamitani (Institute for Molecular Science, Nantion Institutes of Natural Sciences, Japan)
“Topological descriptor of thermal conductivity in covalent amorphous solids”
Taketoshi Minato (Institute for Molecular Science, Nantion Institutes of Natural Sciences, Japan)
“Interfaces between electrode and electrolyte in rechargeable batteries analyzed by scanning probe microscopy”
Yoshinori Okada (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan)
Takuo Okochi (Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute, Japan)
“Photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM): from nano-spectroscopic analysis to magnetic dynamics”
Hrvoje Petek (University of Pittsburg, USA)
“Nanofemto ultrafast photoelectron microscopy of topological plasmonic fields”
Daniel Primetzhofer (Uppsala University, Sweden, Sweden)
“Light elements in energy materials: Towards in-situ & in-operando composition depth profiling using ion beams”
Matthias Scheffler (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany)
“Materials Genes (Atomic-Level Characterization) of Materials Properties and Functions”
W-D. Schneider (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Germany)
“Mesoscopic structures in ultrathin silica films”
Claus Schneider (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany)
“Exploring the mysteries of topology in quantum materials by momentum microscopy”
Munetaka Taguchi (Toshiba Nanoanalysis Corporation, Japan)
“Total Reflection Hard X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy”
Toshiyuki Tanigaki (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Geoff Thornton (University College London, UK)
“Influence of polarons on gold atom bonding to metal oxide surfaces”
Satoshi Toyoda (Tohoku University, Japan)
“Spatiotemporal depth profile analysis of the buried and laminated thin film interface based on angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy”
Hidemasa Tuneishi (KOBELCO research institute, Japan)
Markus Valtiner (TU Vienna, Austria)
Han Woong Yeom (Institute for Basic Science, Korea, Korea)
“Surface physics of correlated van der Waals crystals”

Sponsors and Supports

Host Organization


Gold Sponsors

Focus GmbH Focus GmbH
Scienta Omicron, Inc. Scienta Omicron, Inc.

Silve Sponsors

Toshiba Nanoanalysys Toshiba Nanoanalysys Corporation
TOYO Corporation TOYO Corporation

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Sponsorship of ALC'22 symposium comes with the opportunity for substantial exposure to a focused audience. If you are interested in sponsorship, please download the detailed explanation and application form below to learn more.

Financial Supports

Supporting Societies

To be announced.

Committee Members

International Advisory Committee

Chair: Hiroshi Daimon (Toyota Riken)
Member: M.S. Altman, F. Aumayr, E. Bauer, W. Eberhardt, K.-H. Ernst, H. Freund, K. Fukutani, F.J. Giessibl, T. Greber, S. Hasegawa, T. Hasegawa, Y. Homma, T. Koshikawa, H. Lichte, J. Matsuo, R. Oiwa, H. Rose, Y. Saito, M. Scheffler, C. Schneider, W.D. Schneider, M. Sugiyama, T. Takeuchi, G. Thornton, W. Widdra, R. Wiesendanger, H.W. Yeom

Organizing Committee

Chair: Hidemi Shigekawa (University of Tsukuba)
Member: P. Bauer, H. Daimon, K. Dohmae, J. Falta, D. Fujita, M.H. Haegen, T. Hasebe, S. Hasegawa, F. Meyer zu 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, H. Petek, Y. Saito, T. Sato, A. Schmid, M. Setou, H. Shimoyama, S. Shiraki, S. Suzuki, Y. Takai, Y. Takakuwa, W. Tang, S. Tanuma, Y. Watanabe, J. Watts, T. Yasue, H. Yurimoto

Steering Committee

Co-chair: Tetsuya Hasegawa (University of Tokyo) , Retsu Oiwa (Scienta Omicron)
Vice-chair: T. Yasue, J. Matsuo, M. Sugiyama
Advisor: T. Koshikawa, K. Obori
Secretariat General: H. Nakahara
Secretariat: S. Shiraki, T. Hayasaka, S. Nagai
Member: K. Dohmae, T. Hasegawa, S. Hashimoto, S. Imashuku, M. Nojima, E. Nomura, T. Sakamoto, J. Sameshima, N. Sanada, S. Suzuki, A. Takano, K. Tanaka, T. Tanaka, K. Yanagiuchi

Finance Committee

Co-chair: Hisayoshi Yurimoto (Hokkaido University) , Tomoshige Sato (JEOL)
Vice-chair: S. Awata, H. Furukawa, Y. Miyatake, N. Sanada

Program Committee

Chair: Jiro Matsuo (Kyoto University)
Vice-chair: K. Fukutani, S. Shiraki
Advisor: T. Koshikawa, K. Yanagiuchi
Secretariat: S. Awata, T. Kohashi, S. Nagai, T. Shimizu
Member: K. Domae, H. Fukitome, K. Harada, Y. Hasegawa, T. Kitamura, R. Kokawa, I. Matsuda, F. Matsui, T. Minato, K. Mitsuishi, T. Miyamachi, G. Mizutani, S. Morita, K. Moritani, T. Nagatomi, S. Ninomiya, T. Sakai, T. Sakamoto, J. Sameshima, T. Seki, M. Setou, R. Shimizu, M. Sugiyama, A. Takano, T. Takeuchi, T. Tanaka, J. Yamazaki, S. Yamazaki, T. Yasue

Publication Committee

Chair: Hiroki Hibino (Kwansei Gakuin University)
Vice-chair: S. Aoyagi, F. Matsui
Secretariat: S. Imashuku, Y. Kawano
SHIMADZU ScientaOmicron
Toshiba Nanoanalysys TOYO Corporation
MBA Organized by The Division of Microbeam Analysis,
The Japan Society of Vacuum and Surface Science (JVSS)