American Vacuum Society

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AVS: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing
FormationJune 18, 1953
Official language
Peter Sheldon
AffiliationsAmerican Institute of Physics IUVSTA

AVS: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing[3] (formerly American Vacuum Society[4]) is a not-for-profit learned society founded in 1953 focused on disciplines related to materials, interfaces, and processing. AVS has approximately 4500 members worldwide from academia, governmental laboratories and industry.

AVS is a member society of the American Institute of Physics.[3] AVS publishes through the American Institute of Physics the journals Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology (JVST A and B) and Biointerphases, which are devoted to peer-reviewed articles, and Surface Science Spectra (SSS), which publishes peer-reviewed articles with reference spectra of technological and scientific interest. In 2019 American Institute of Physics and AVS launched jointly a new journal AVS Quantum Science.


AVS is composed of 10 technical divisions, two technical groups, 16 regional chapters, two international chapters and one international affiliate:

  • Advanced Surface Engineering Division
  • Applied Surface Science Division
  • Biomaterial Interfaces Division
  • Electronic Materials/Photonics Division
  • Magnetic Interfaces and Nanostructures Division
  • Nanometer-Scale Science and Technology Division
  • Plasma Science and Technology Division
  • Surface Science Division
  • Thin Film Division
  • Vacuum Technology Division

AVS Technical Groups Division

  • Manufacturing Science & Technology Technical Group (MSTG)
  • MEMS and NEMS Technical Group


The AVS International Symposium and Exhibition is AVS's flagship conference. The symposium addresses cutting-edge issues associated with materials, processing, and interfaces in the research and manufacturing communities. AVS also sponsors a variety of topical conferences, including the International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition and the North American Conference on Molecular Beam Epitaxy.

AVS Awards[edit]


  1. ^ Article I, Constitution, AVS.
  2. ^ About AVS?, AVS.
  3. ^ a b AIP: A Federation of the Physical Sciences, American Institute of Physics.
  4. ^ The old name can still be found in Article I of the AVS constitution.
  5. ^ "Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Award". Retrieved 19 October 2017.

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