Monday, 15 August 2016

VPHA status update 15.8.2016

The VPHA status update below was sent by email to 71 VPHA co-authors and 31 prospective co-authors. More volunteers are still welcome to join the VPHA reading & commenting effort. 
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 Dear VPHA co-authors and prospective co-authors,

Much has happened regarding the understanding of the early history of ALD in the last two months since the previous general VPHA status update on May 16 --- you can access earlier VPHA status updates here. We are now starting active preparations for the next steps, so it is a good time to review the progress made so far.

Below, you find and update on the following topics:
  • VPHA poster at ALD 2016, with results of VPHA voting
  • Next step: VPHA reading, 3rd commenting round to come
  • Next step: Letter/article to JVSTA special issue (DL September 6)
  • Invited plenary talk by Prof. Anatoly Malygin at ALD 2016
  • ALD Innovation Prize at ALD 2016 to Dr. Suvi Haukka, ASM, Finland
  • Recent ALD-related advances in Wikipedia (#WikiALD)
  • About an increased Twitter activity related to (#ALDep)
  • VPHA ALD thesis list with >300 entries, many missing still?
  • New in ALD History Blog: ALD Glossary
  • Other ALD History Blog posts

Best regards,
Riikka Puurunen
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Riikka Puurunen (Dr.), Senior Scientist, Microsystems and Nanoelectronics; Project Manager (IPMA C)
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tietotie 3, Espoo (P.O. Box 1000), FI-02044 Espoo (VTT), Finland

VPHA poster at ALD 2016, with results of VPHA voting

The VPHA poster with the “conclusive recommended reading list of early ALD publications”, an outcome of the VPHA voting, was presented at the ALD 2016 Ireland conference as planned. The poster received the number P01-001 --- it was thus the very “first” poster of the conference, a nice place for a poster refining our view on the history. The poster was up on Monday, July 25; see a photo here. Henrik Pedersen and Ruud van Ommen kindly were present at the poster to discuss with interested people (I had simultaneous organizational duties). The poster was again clearly one step forward in the understanding the history of ALD and spreading the message of VPHA. Thank you for all VPHA participants who directly or indirectly helped to create it!

You can view the files related to the presentation in the following links:

There have been many ALD History Blog posts related to the creating of this poster:


Next step: VPHA reading, 3rd commenting round to come

The ALD history reading is not completed yet. As of August 13, according to the VPHA-reading-overview-file, we are 67% done  and there are still 14 publications without any comments.

To get the reading effort more completed, we plan to make a third and most likely the last VPHA reading distribution round. The pairing of people & publications is done in the VPHA-author-info-update file, 2nd tab called “reading-distribution3”. There, you can follow the progress and see which papers are listed for you. Would you like to receive specific papers, please send us a request for that to info@ vph-ald.com.

More volunteers are welcome to join this work. To join, please send an email to info@ vph-ald.com (delete the space), let us know your the languages you can read and interests/expertise in ALD, and we will include you in the next reading distribution round.

Related ALD History Blog posts:

Next step: Letter/article to JVSTA special issue (DL September 6)

At the time of writing this VPHA status update, we are drafting a manuscript on the basis of the VPHA ALD 2016 Ireland poster, to be submitted to the special ALD issue of Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A, to be published early 2017. The main contents of the manuscript is the recommended reading list of early ALD publications, from the poster presentation. (At ALD 2016 we met with a small group and decided - unlike mentioned in an earlier post (link here) - that we will not to organize another round of voting, as there is too little time for voting and subsequently incorporating the results in the paper, given that for several people it is still holiday season.) Accordingly, as stated earlier, all those who participated in the voting, will be co-authors (total of 30 persons).

We will get back to all co-authors of the JVSTA publication as soon as possible with the first complete draft. This is likely to be towards the end of August, so we need to act very efficiently to get the manuscript submitted on time.

Related ALD History Blog posts:

Invited plenary talk by Prof. Anatoly Malygin at ALD 2016

Professor Anatoly Malygin of St Petersburg State Technological Institute (technical university), http://technolog.edu.ru/en/, gave a very nice invited plenary talk at the ALD 2016 conference, entitled “Structural-size effects in the products obtained by the molecular layering method and their application”.  The plenary talk has been added in the list of ALD History Publications in the vph-ald.com website, page http://vph-ald.com/ALD-history-publications.html. At the moment, the presentation abstract can be accessed in the ALD 2016 website (link) and a copy has been uploaded to the vph-ald.com website (link).

Related ALD History Blog posts:

Links to some photos:


ALD Innovation Prize at ALD 2016 to Dr. Suvi Haukka, ASM, Finland

Dr. Suvi Haukka from ASM, Finland, received the ALD Innovation Prize at the ALD 2016 Ireland conference. Congratulations to Suvi! The many of us who have had personal contacts with Suvi know that the prize is extremely well deserved.  

More on the prize:
ALD 2016, Flickr photo of Haukka in the industrial panel: https://flic.kr/p/KACJAH (there are more photos with the prize in the photostream, https://www.flickr.com/photos/142577052@N02/ )

Recent ALD-related advances in Wikipedia (#WikiALD)

Thanks to the skills and activity of Angel Yanguas-Gil in creating new Wikipedia pages, a Russian developer of the ALD principles, Prof Valentin B. Aleskovskii, has received an own page in the English Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentin_Aleskovsky. In Wikipedia, anyone can edit the contents, and this has also already been edited by non-ALD-related people, too. The editing history can be accessed and different versions compared here.

Needs related to Wikipedia updates:
  • S. I. Koltsov (one the two “fathers” of Molecular Layering) should also get his own Wikipedia page.   
  • It would be nice if photos would be donated to Wikimedia Commons of Aleskovskii and Koltsov. Help of the Russian participants of the VPHA, who have been colleagues of Aleskovskii and Koltsov, could be of advantage here. Earlier, I wrote a post of Wikimedia categories related to ALD, where the images can be uploaded to be referenced to Wikipedia.

A reminder for those who would like to re-use Wikipedia contents. You are in general allowed to do so; please remember though that the content in Wikipedia is copyrighted and a proper attribution is needed. More on the topic e.g. here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Reusing_Wikipedia_content

ALD History Blog posts on the topic:

About an increased Twitter activity related to (#ALDep)

At the ALD 2016 Ireland conference, the use of Twitter was promoted (see e.g. my travel notes) and many ALD scientists have recently joined Twitter. I myself have used Twitter since early 2014. I joined it to promote the ALD History project and Twitter has certainly been useful for that purpose. However, for myself, Twitter has been useful in many other ways and purposes, too. If you would like to know whether Twitter could be useful to you, too, I recommend you go and try it. To make the start a bit easier, I wrote a separate post of hints to a beginner of how to get started in the ALD History Blog http://aldhistory.blogspot.fi/2016/07/advice-for-new-twitter-users.html. If you will start experimenting with Twitter, feel welcome to follow me (Riikka Puurunen) at @rlpuu and the ALD History Blog at @aldhistoryblog. Other ALD tweeters you can easily find from Henrik’s ALD list: https://twitter.com/hacp81/lists/ald.

VPHA ALD thesis list with >300 entries, many missing still?

In VPHA we continue to build a list of doctoral-level academic theses related to ALD worldwide. At the time of writing this (Aug 8), there were 314 PhD-equivalent theses listed. You can view here the latest published list with country statistics (list ordered per country for easy viewing) Are your and your collaborator’s theses included? Since the creation of the list, 16 theses from the George laboratory have been added and one from Carleton, Canada, see the updated figure in Twitter.

I believe that many theses are missing at least from Belgium (IMEC/KU Leuven, other?), Norway, Spain, and Japan. Maybe some theses have been made in countries of South America, too?

You can access the full real-time list in VPHA-ALD-thesis-list and add theses in the VPHA-thesis-to-be-added file, editable in real time by anyone. For the VPHA purposes, it would be nice to have the thesis list updated with complete info until the end of year 2016.

ALD History Blog posts:


New in ALD History Blog: ALD Glossary

A new page has been created in the ALD History Blog called ALD Glossary: abbreviations and Twitter, link to page: http://aldhistory.blogspot.fi/p/ald-glossary-abbreviations-and-hashtags.html. This page has been created, as a need was recognized in discussions at ALD 2016 to keep track of and explain the many ALD-related acronyms. The current list is meant as a start only, to be updated with suggestions by many people. You can propose ALD-related acronyms to be added to the list as well as established (and to-be-established) Twitter hashtags.

Earlier, pages have been created a to collect information on future and past ALD conferences, ALD reviews, and past ALD History Blog posts.

Related ALD History Blog posts:

Other ALD History Blog posts



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