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JUNE 9th, 10th, 11th 2021




Day 1 - Particle Atomic Layer Deposition

Industry experts and Keynote speakers share the latest in PALD. Plus enjoy access sessions from past [PALD] SUMMIT events.

Day 2 - Advanced Surface Engineering

An all new track featuring Keynote presentations, Featured Speaker Sessions, and, technical poster sessions.

Day 3 - Industry Roundtable with LIVE Q&A

Join a LIVE Q&A with Industry experts as they discuss the future of advanced surface engineering technologies.

Featured Speakers


Steven George is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Yale University and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.  Dr. George is directing a research effort focusing on atomic layer deposition (ALD), atomic layer etching (ALE) and molecular layer deposition (MLD).  This research is examining new surface chemistry, measuring thin film growth and etching rates, and developing new applications and reactors for ALD, ALE and MLD.  Dr. George has received a number of awards including the John A. Thornton Memorial Award from the AVS (2017) and the ALD Innovation Award from the AVS International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition (2013).  Dr. George is a Fellow of the AVS (2000) and the APS (1997). 


Jonas Sundqvist – Sr. Technology Analyst 


Jonas Sundqvist, Ph.D. – Sr. Technology Analyst of TECHCET— covers ALD and CVD precursors and related technologies, and is the co-chair of the Critical Materials Council (CMC) Conference. His over 20 years of work experience includes Group Leader of the Thin-Film Technologies Group at The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) and of the High-k devices group at Fraunhofer’s Center Nanoelectronic Technologies (CNT), which included 28nm node work for GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab1. At Infineon Memory Development Centre (MDC) he developed high-k and metal nitride ALD processes, and at Qimonda he was a materials manager focused on the ALD / CVD precursors supply-chain. He is the founder of BALD Engineering, an independent blog and networking platform for ALD. He holds a Ph.D. and a M.S. in inorganic chemistry from Uppsala University, Sweden, a B.S. in electrical and electronics engineering from Lars Kagg, and nine patent

Mikko Utriainen – CEO

Chipmetrics Ltd

Dr. Mikko Utriainen is an ALD pioneer since 1990s and CEO of Chipmetrics Ltd since 2020. His talk describes Chipmetrics’ PillarHall® Test Chip platform for characterisation of thin film conformality. He also emphasizes some recent use cases of the PillarHall® Test Chip in ALD thin film deposition development.


Noureddine Adjeroud – ALD Lead Engineer

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

Noureddine Adjeroud works in Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) as Laboratory Manager. He has deep expertise in the fields of vapour deposition techniques and in ALD. He worked with major semiconductor factories such as Intel, IBM, SAMSUNG. He has been LIST Lead engineer since 2015 and is the Engineer in Charge of the ALD Centre of Expertise. In 2020 Noureddine Adjeroud joined the program committee for the 2021 edition of the AVS-ALD international conference.


Kathrine Hurst – Research Scientist 

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Katherine Hurst is a senior scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Her research focuses on the fundamental understanding of gas-solid interactions with the goal of creating novel materials with designed interfaces, controlled morphologies, particle sizes, and tailored ad/absorption properties. Her synthesis expertise includes materials for fuel cell and electrolysis catalysis, gas storage, photovoltaic and battery applications using ALD.


Noemi Leick – Dr. & Staff Scientist

National Renewable Energy Laboratory  (NREL) 

During her Ph.D. at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, Noemi Leick’s research focused on developing and understanding the atomic layer deposition of atomically thin Pt-group metal systems, such as Ru, Pt, and Pd. Her first postdoctoral research at the Colorado School of Mines, focused on the in situ FTIR-based study during plasma-assisted SiNx thin films. In 2017, Noemi joined the H2 storage group at NREL where her main area of research is synthesizing and testing novel host materials for H2 storage, using techniques such as atomic layer deposition and thermal programmed desorption.

Wilson McNeary – Postdoctoral Researcher

National Renewable Energy Laboratory  (NREL) 

Wilson is a postdoctoral researcher working on applications of ALD in catalytic upgrading of biomass into fuels and chemicals. He has a longstanding interest in utilizing nanoscale coatings to address materials challenges in catalysis and push renewable energy technologies towards commercialization. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking with his dog and finding the worst movies ever made to watch with friends.

Anibal Boscoboinik – Materials Scientist

Brookhaven National Laboratory 

I study the chemistry and physics of surface processes through a variety of tools, including ambient pressure photoelectron spectroscopy, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, and scanning probe microscopy. My main focus is on the interaction of molecules with flat surfaces, often well-defined model systems, but trying to expand to more complex geometries lately. Two-dimensional porous silicates are some of my favorite materials. During nights and weekends, I am a crypto enthusiast.


Arno Brand – President & CEO

Gratomic Graphite

With over 14 years of experience working on major construction and mining projects throughout Africa, Mr. Brand boasts a pristine example of the skill and background required to become a successful entrepreneur. Beyond that, he has explored innumerable other ventures. Mr. Brand has built a reputation as a practiced commodity Trader and Broker, with over one billion dollars in trades. He has been involved in a number of public transactions and company financings worth over 200 million dollars, as well as negotiated uranium off-take agreements on behalf of Sopamin with utilities providers around the globe. Mr. Brand has held various vital roles over his career, including CEO, COO, Director, and Project Manager. Over the life of his career, he has generated over 500 million dollars for shareholders by taking private companies public and over one billion dollars of value brought to shareholders over various ventures through his team’s incubation model. Mr. Brand has demonstrated that he holds the practice, professionalism and savoir faire a high-level executive requires to be successful in the world of business.


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