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ALC '24
15th International Symposium on Atomic Level
Characterizations for New Materials and Devices '24
November 17 (Sun) – 22 (Fri), 2024
Kunibiki Messe, Matsue, Shimane, JAPAN
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Important Dates

Abstract Deadline: Jun 30, 2024
Preliminary Program: Aug 31, 2024
Early Registration Deadline: Sep 30, 2024
First Day of the Symposium: Nov 17, 2024
Publication Manuscript (e-JSSNT): Jan 17, 2025

About ALC & Venue

ALC Symposium

The series of international symposia entitled “Atomic Level Characterizations for New Materials and Devices (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, 11th at Kauai (Hawaii) in 2017, and 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 14th face-to-face ALC was held at Okinawa (Japan) in 2022.


About Shimane

Shimane Prefecture is situated in the northern region of Western Japan, facing the Sea of Japan. It stretches widely from east to west, with the Oki islands located north of its shores. The land is blessed with riches both from the Sea of Japan and from the Chugoku mountain range.

Shimane's history is so vast and deep that it first appeared in some of Japan's oldest mythology. There are various legends and folklores found everywhere in Shimane, and the culture and traditions related to those legends are still alive in people's daily life. Shimane is also famous as the place where myriads of Japanese gods gather to hold annual meetings about our relationships or “go-en.” Thus, Shimane is known as "The land of go-en" or “The land of the gods.”

The exact place where the myriads of Japanese gods gather is Izumo Ooyashiro (Izumo Grand Shrine), located in eastern Shimane. In the 10th month of the lunar calendar, all of the gods gather there. In addition to the gathering of the gods, many people around Japan visit there to pray as well. In eastern Shimane, there are more tourist destinations, such as Matsue, which is the capital and a former castle town, and the Adachi Museum of Art, ranked at 3 stars in the Michelin Guide.

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

About Kunibiki Messe

Shimane Prefectural Convention Center locates near the Matsue station and it takes about 10 min on foot. The nearest airport is Izumo airport. There are several domestic flights from Tokyo (Haneda), Osaka (Itami), Sendai, Shizuoka, Nagoya and Fukuoka to Izumo airport. Another airport, Yonago airport, is also available and there are flights from Tokyo (Haneda), and Seoul (Incheon) to Yonago airport. There are bus transportations from Izumo and Yonago airports to Matue station, the operation times of which are adjusted to the arrival and departure times of each flight. It takes about 30 and 45 minutes from Izumo and Yonago airports to Matue station, respectively.

Please refer to the following link for access detail.

Scientific 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 (tentative)
    • Surface Science for Complex and Realistic Systems
    • Atomic and Nanoscale Probe Analyses for Future Devices
    • Material Science with Novel Ion Beams
    • Recent Progress in Low-energy- and Photoemission- Electron Microscopy (LEEM/PEEM) and Related Techniques
    • State-of-the-Art and Prospects in Material Informatics
    • Phase Retrieval Electron Microscopy
    • Frontier of Electron Microscopy
    • Imaging by X-ray Coherency and Microspectroscopy
  7. Tutorials

Invited Speakers

Plenary Talk

Prof. Dr. Roland WIESENDANGER (University of Hamburg)
“Atom-by-Atom Fabricated Magnet-Superconductor Hybrid Systems as Ideal Platforms for Realizing Topological Superconductivity and Associated Majorana Zero Modes ”
Prof. Taro Hitosugi
Prof. Taro Hitosugi (The University of Tokyo)
“Self-driving Experiments Based on Machine Learning and Robots”

Tutorial Lecture

Prof. Hiroshi DAIMON (Institute for Molecular Science)
“Electron Orbit and Three-Dimensional Atomic Arrangement Elucidated from Two-Dimensional Angular Distribution of Photoelectrons”
Prof. Scheffler
Prof. Dr. Matthias Scheffler (Fritz Haber Institute)
“Data-Centric Materials Science”

Keynote Lecture

Prof. Greber
Prof. Dr. Thomas Greber (Physik-Institut der Universitat Zurich)
“Wafer scale boron nitride outside the vacuum”

Other Invited Speakers

Toru Akiyama (Mie University, Japan)
“Computational approach for reaction process at 4H-SiC/SiO2 interface”
Michael Altman (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong)
Kenta Arima (Osaka University, Japan)
“Graphene-based flakes: From unique electronic structures to application to catalyst-assisted chemical etching”
Chi Chen (Academia Sinica, Taiwan)
“Revealing the Local Band Evolution of WS2/MoS2 Heterojunction and Graded Alloy by Near-Field Optical Imaging”
Iulia Cojocariu (Univeristy of Triste, Italy)
Martina Corso (Centro de Fisica de Materiales, Spain)
“Exploring the electronic structure and functionality of porous and chiral graphene nanoribbons”
Arnaud Delcorte (Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium)
“SIMS beyond chemistry with large gas cluster ion scattering”
Fabio Donati (Ewha Womans University, South Korea)
“Lanthanide atoms on surfaces: from single atom magnets to spin qubit candidates”
Rafal Dunin-Borkowski (Forschungszentrum Julich, Germany)
“Electron Wavefront Shaping and Measurement in the Transmission Electron Microscope”
Michael Durr (Justus-Liebig-Universitat Giessen, Germany)
“Bond-specific fragmentation of biomolecules induced by MeV ion beams”
Rolf Erni (Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland)
“Metallic nanoparticles: their formation in liquid phase and their behavior in catalytic systems”
Karl-Heinz Ernst (Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland)
“Enantioselective adsorption on magnetic surfaces”
Shadi Fatayer (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabi)
“Probing and tuning active molecular layers in organic devices with scanning probe microscopy”
Michael Foerster (Alba Synchrotron Light Facility, Spain)
“Strain driven magnetization dynamics in XPEEM”
Hirokazu Fujiwara (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
“Nondestructive imaging of CMOS process compatible HfO2-based ferroelectric devices: Laser-based PEEM”
Shuji Hasegawa (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
“Dynamical Intercalation Processes in Graphene and Physical Properties”
Michael Horn-von Hoegen (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
“Interplay of Kinetic Limitations and Disintegration: Selective Growth of Hexagonal Boron Nitride and Borophene Monolayers on Metal Substrates”
Peter Hommelhoff (Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg (FAU), Erlangen, Germany)
“Nanophotonic electron acceleration and shaping: opportunities and challenges for electron-based imaging”
Hiroshi Imada (RIKEN, Japan)
“Single molecule investigation of field-matter interaction”
Katsuya Iwaya (UNISOKU Co., Ltd., Japan)
“Next-generation time-resolved scanning probe microscopy”
Pavel Jelinek (Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)
“Resolving anisotropic charge and spin using a functionalized SPM probe”
Nan Jiang (University of Illinois Chicago, USA)
“Angstrom-scale Characterization of Atomically Thin Two-Dimensional Materials via Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy”
Shigeki Kawai (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
“Syntheses of Heteroatom-Substituted and Three-Dimensional Nanocarbon Materials on Surfaces”
Yugo Kubo (Sumitomo Electric Industries, Japan)
“Nanoscale Chemical States at the Transition Metal-Polyimide Interface: Full XPS and ToF-SIMS Depth Profiles”
Makoto Kuwahara (Nagoya University, Japan)
“Time-Resolved Transmission Electron Microscopy Using Pulsed Electrons Emitted from Semiconductor Photocathode”
Christian Linsmeier (Forschungszentrum Julich GmbH, Germany)
“Making a brittle material ductile: Tungsten fiber-reinforced tungsten as a plasma-facing material for fusion devices”
Axel Lubk (Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (IFW Dresden), Germany)
“Exploring and Exploiting Magnetic Textures in Two and Three Dimensions by Electron Holography and Tomography”
Edvin Lundgren (Lund University, Sweden)
“Surface sensitive studies of the electrolyte-electrode interface”
Layla Mehdi (University of Liverpool, UK)
Kayla X. Nguyen (University of Oregon, USA)
“New Direct Electron Imaging Techniques for Quantum Materials”
Ranming Niu (The University of Sydney, Australia)
Takahiro Ozawa (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
“Structure analysis of near-surface hydrogen by Channeling NRA”
Jeong Young Park (KAIST, Korea)
“Operando Surface Science Studies for Designing Advanced Nanocatalysts”
Yabing Qi (OIST, Japan)
“Interface Science of Energy Materials and Devices”
Miquel B. Salmeron (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., USA)
“In-vitro study of protein self assembly and electrical double layer structure at solid-electrolyte interfaces”
Wolf-Dieter Schneider (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland)
“The Kondo effect at the atomic and molecular level: Historical remarks and novel developments”
Naoya Shibata (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
“Differential Phase Contrast Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy in a Magnetic-Field-Free Environment”
Takahiro Shimojima (Nagoya University, Japan)
“Visualizing the dynamics of nanomaterials by ultrafast transmission electron microscope”
Yoshiaki Sugimoto (The University of Tokyo, Japan)
“Spin-induced lattice distortion in physisorption systems revealed by SPM”
Shijing Tan (University of Science and Technology of China, China)
Geoff Thornton (University College London, UK)
“Structure of electrolyte interfaces with oxide surfaces”
Olena Tkach (Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat, Germany)
“Investigation of the Electronic and Geometric Structure of Materials using Photoelectron Momentum Microscopy”
Christian Tusche (Research Center Julich, Germany)
“Advanced spin-resolving momentum microscopy: from magnetism to topology”
Wolf Widdra (Martin-Luther-Universitat Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)
“From hexagonal honeycombs to dodecagonal quasicrystals in 2D materials”
Tom Wirtz (Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Luxembourg)
“Magnetic Sector SIMS Systems for FIB Platforms: New Developments, Applications, and Prospects”
Koichiro Yaji (National Institute for Materials Science, Japan)
Susumu Yamamoto (Tohoku University, Japan)
“Operando observation of photo-excited carriers and molecules on catalytic surfaces using time-resolved XPS”
Hirofumi Yanagisawa (Shizuoka University, Japan)
“Subnanometric optical control of single molecular electron sources”
Fehmi Sami Yasin (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA)
“Lorentz Transmission Electron Microscopy Methods for Observing Magnetic Texture Dynamics and Three-dimensional Structure”
Han Woong Yeom (POSTECH, Korea)
“Atomic-scale characterization of topological excitations in correlated transition metal dichalcogenides”

Sponsors & Supports

Host Organization

Exhibitors & Sponsors

Special Sponsors


Standard Sponsors


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Financial Supports

JEC The Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund

Supporting Societies

Committee Members

International Advisory Committee

Chair: Hiroshi Daimon (IMS)
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, J. Matsuo, R. Oiwa, H. Petek, Y. Saito, M. Scheffler, W.D. Schneider, H. Shigekawa, M. Sugiyama, T. Takeuchi, G. Thornton, R. Wiesendanger, H.W. Yeom

Organizing Committee

Chair: Katsuyuki Fukutani (University of Tokyo)
Member: D. Fujita, T. Hasebe, H. Hibino, M. Horn-von Hoegen, T. Kohashi, E. Lundgren, F.-J. Meyer zu Heringdorf, T. Sakamoto, A.K. Schmid, M. Setou, S. Shiraki, S. Suzuki, Y. Takakuwa, W.-X. Tang, Y. Watanabe, T. Yasue, H. Yurimoto

Steering Committee

Co-chair: Susumu Shiraki (Nippon Institute of Technology), Tsuneo Yasue (Osaka Electro-Communication University)
Vice-chair: I. Matsuda, J. Matsuo
Advisor: S. Aoyagi, T. Hasegawa
Secretariat: S. Nagai, S. Ninomiya
Member: S. Awata, M. Fujii, T. Hara, S. Imashuku, A. Kumatani, H. Nakahara

Finance Committee

Co-chair: Y. Miyatake (Unisoku), Hisayoshi Yurimoto (Hokkaido University)
Advisor: R. Oiwa, T. Sato
Secretariat: Y. Fukushima, T. Ozawa
Member: A. Takano, S. Toyoda

Program Committee

Chair: Hiroki Hibino (Kwansei Gakuin University)
Vice-chair: S. Imashuku, F. Matsui
Advisor: T. Kondo, K. Yanagiuchi
Secretariat: S. Awata, N. Nagamura
Member: K. Dohmae, A. L. Foggiatto, H. Fukidome, K. Harada, Y. Hasegawa, H. Kageshima, Y. Kawano, T. Kitamura, K. Kuroda, T. Minato, K. Mitsuishi, T. Miyamachi, K. Moritani, T. Nagatomi, S. Ninomiya, T. Ohkochi, T. Sakamoto, J. Sameshima, M. Setou, R. Shimizu, T. K. Shimizu, M. Sugiyama, A. Takano, T. Takeuchi, T. Tanigaki, S. Toyoda, K. Yaji, J. Yamazaki, S. Yamazaki

Publication Committee

Chair: Teruo Kohashi (Hitachi)
AVS The Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund
MBA Organized by The Division of Microbeam Analysis,
The Japan Society of Vacuum and Surface Science (JVSS)