Monday, 28 May 2018

VPHA status update 28.5.2018 - 2018 Millennium Technology Prize and VPHA's next steps

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From: Puurunen Riikka
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Subject: VPHA status update 28.5.2018 - 2018 Millennium Technology Prize and VPHA's next steps

Dear VPHA contributors and prospective contributors,

This is the first status update of the Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA) in year 2018 - earlier updates can be found in this link.

This update shares information on the following topics:

* The 2018 Millennium Technology Prize to Dr. Tuomo Suntola
* Words of thank to the community by Dr. Tuomo Suntola
* Puurunen’s invited talk at the ECS fall 2018 ALD symposium
* VPHA’s next step

With best regards,
Riikka Puurunen, VPHA’s voluntary coordinator

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Riikka Puurunen, Associate professor, Catalysis Science and Technology
Aalto University, School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
Visiting address: Kemistintie 1, 02150 Espoo, Finland, room: E412
Mail address: P.O. Box 16100, FI-00076 AALTO, Finland
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The 2018 Millennium Technology Prize to Dr. Tuomo Suntola

It is my great pleasure to inform you, what many of you already surely know: Dr. Tuomo Suntola has on May 22, 2018, been awarded the 2018 Millennium Technology Prize for his ALD innovation. Warmest congratulations to Dr. Suntola! The prize is extremely well deserved. The increased knowledge of ALD should be beneficial for everyone working in the field.

Writing the nomination letter has been a goal for me in VPHA (see previous posts on the topic here). I wanted to write a nomination letter, on the basis of which it would be easy to make a positive decision. Describing the impact of ALD was at the core of the nomination. I received support for the writing by many people and supporting letters for the nomination from around the world (a total of forty, I think), which helped to describe this impact. Thank you for the many who helped!

ALD History Blog post on the topic:

Some news items on the topic
Finland.fi. With interviews by Suntola and Puurunen. Language options, if I interpret right: English, Chinese, German, Spanish, French, Portugese, Russian, Arabic.  https://finland.fi/business-innovation/finnish-physicist-tuomo-suntola-wins-millennium-technology-prize/

Words of thank to the community by Dr. Tuomo Suntola

I have been requested by Dr. Tuomo Suntola to pass his gratitude to the community for the broad support received for the 2018 Millennium Technology Prize.

As said by Suntola in the speech at the Millennium Technology Prize ceremony:

” …  also, my sincere thanks go to the materials research and semiconductor processing community for the broad support behind the nomination.”

It seems evident that this broad support has been influential regarding the decision of the 2018 prize. Collecting this support has been a task that I (Riikka Puurunen) have made with pleasure during the past year at various conferences and private conversations.

Suntola further wishes that the prize will be interpreted as an honour for all developers of ALD, all communities related to it, and all organizations who have funded the work. From the speech by Suntola:

” … In the long run, I like to share the honor of the Millennium prize with all my colleagues having worked with me for the technology, the companies hosting and financing the development, and the co-operating universities and funding organizations supported the work. I like to thank all parties for the confidence and patience in getting through times when the goal looked distant. Finally, my special thanks go to the thousands of scientists and engineers who, finally, have made the technology a global success and an important part of our everyday life.”

Related posts in ALD History Blog and other sites:

Puurunen’s invited talk at the ECS fall 2018 ALD symposium

I have been contacted with a request to give an invited talk at the ECS fall 2018 ALD symposium in October, https://www.electrochem.org/aimes2018, Cancun, Mexico. I agreed to give an invited talk with title: “Learnings from an Open Science Effort: Virtual Project on the History of ALD”. The submitted abstract is attached for your information (sorry for poor paragraph formatting).

VPHA’s next step  

The slow progress in VPHA in the previous months has partly been due to (i) me being loaded with other activities (you can follow some of these activities in the Catalysis Professor’s Open blog, https://blogs.aalto.fi/catprofopen/) and (ii) partly due to that I was occupied in advisory preparations related to the coming Millennium Technology Prize.

The current plan of VPHA’s next steps is that a concluding short review article will be collaboratively written in fall 2018. I hope to be able to initiate the writing in August-September 2018.

New people can still join the reading activity and review writing activities of VPHA. As for the list of doctoral theses, we will try to fill in the missing pieces for the review. There are theses missing from some countries in general, and the most recent ones are missing from all countries. The goal is to get the list completed for the end of 2018 and publish it in the review article to come.  

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Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA) - in atmosphere of Openness, Respect, and Trust

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