Symposium M, 'Solution Synthesis of Inorganic Functional Materials - Films, Nanoparticles, and Nanocomposites' was held April 1-5, 2013 at the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco, California. The symposium was focused on solution synthesis approaches for the growth of a wide range of advanced functional inorganic materials. Recent results were presented on the growth of: (i) highly crystalline functional oxide films; (ii) nanoparticles and nanocrystals; and (iii) nanostructures or nanocomposites by various chemical solution methods. Gas sensing, photovoltaic, plasmonics, memory devices, spintronics, biomedical, superconducting, and magnetic-field sensing applications were extensively discussed. The articles in this symposium proceeding volume cover the development of different chemical solution approaches to synthesize inorganic functional materials for enhanced and/or novel functionalities for a variety of applications. These papers convey the breadth of exciting advancements happening in the area of functional materials grown by various solution methods.
Part I. Thin Film Preparation Methods: 1. Thin YBa2Cu3O7-d patterns by chemical solution processing using ink-jet printing; 2. In-situ preparation of metal oxide thin films by inkjet printing acetates solutions; 3. Growth and physical properties of vanadium oxide thin films with controllable phases; 4. Effect of adding Zn in Cd1-XZnXS thin films prepared by an ammonia-free chemical bath deposition process; 5. Fabrication of flexible and conductive graphene-silver films by polymer dispersion and coating method; Part II. Ferroelectrics and Multiferroics: 6. Hydrothermal epitaxy of lead free (Na,K)NbO3-based piezoelectric films; 7. Field dependent carrier transport mechanisms in metal-insulator-metal devices with Ba0.8Sr0.2TiO3/ZrO2 heterostructured thin films as the dielectric; 8. Fabrication of 0.6(Bi0.85La0.15)FeO3-0.4PbTiO3 multiferroic ceramics by tape casting method; Part III. Materials for Energy and Electronic Devices: 9. Solution processed TiO2 nanotubular core with polypyrrole conducting polymer shell structures for supercapacitor energy storage devices; 10. Dual function polyvinyl alcohol based oxide precursors for nanoimprinting and electron beam lithography; 11. Melting gel films for low temperature seals; 12. Low temperature syntheses of transition metal bronzes with an open structure for high rate energy storage; 13. Field dependent electrical conduction in metal-insulator-metal devices using alumina-silicone nanolaminate dielectrics; 14. Growth of silicon nanowires-based heterostructures and their plasmonic modeling; 15. Luminescence enhancement of colloidal quantum dots by strain compensation; 16. Enhanced visible-light absorption of mesoporous TiO2 by co-doping with transition-metal/nitrogen ions; Part IV. Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites: 17. Effects of amines on chemical and physical behaviors of viscous precursor sols to indium gallium zinc oxide; 18. Structural and functional properties of iron (II, III)-doped ZnO monodisperse nanoparticles synthesized by polyol method; 19. Size-controlled synthesis of MgO nanoparticles and the assessment of their bactericidal capacity; 20. Synthesis of urethane base composite materials with metallic nanoparticles; 21. Innovative gold nanoparticle patterning and selective metallization; 22. A thermal decomposition approach for the synthesis of iron oxide microspheres; 23. Multifunctional silicone nanocomposites for advanced LED encapsulation; 24. Study on the production of silver/modified clay nanocomposites; 25. DFT investigation of the mechanism and chemical kinetics for the gelation of colloidal silica.