Saturday, November 7, 2015

HERALD COST action news: More volunteers invited to contribute to VPHA

VPHA ALD history blog: HERALD COST action news: More volunteers invited t...:

"Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA), started in July 2013, is looking fore more voluntary participants, to help find answers to questions related to early days of ALD. Many will know that ALD has been invented twice under different names, Atomic Layer Epitaxy and Molecular Layering. Especially the works made under the name Molecular Layering have remained poorly known (and cited).



The core activity of VPHA is to list and read early ALD publications, and collect together personal summaries of ALD scientists of the contents of the individual publications. All VPHA activities are done in an atmosphere of openness, respect, and trust. A central information hub of VPHA is the dedicated webpage http://vph-ald.com, where one finds a link to the "ALD-history-evolving-file". An accompanying blog was recently created: http://aldhistory.blogspot.fi. Discussion related to VPHA is also carried out in the LinkedIn "ALD History" group. 

VPHA has already booked significant advances in understanding of the history of ALD, see the Publication Plan http://vph-ald.com/Publication%20Plan.html. However, the work is far from completed. As of 4.11.2015, a total of 347 ALD publications has been listed in VPHA for up to 1986, and 38 people from 11 countries and over 20 institutions have written 363 personal summaries of them. If each publication is to be read at least three times, about 30% of the reading & commenting work is still to be done. If we would have 100 volunteers each reading ten papers, completing the work should be easy.  

The next scientific joint publication from VPHA will be a poster at the ALD 2016 conference. All HERALD participants warmly welcome to join VPHA, to share the work in this unique and important effort and to enjoy its fruits.

Information on how to join and start contributing can be found in 
Best regards,
Riikka Puurunen (Dr., Senior Scientist), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Yury Koshtyal (Dr., Research Fellow), Ioffe Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia
Henrik Pedersen (Assoc. Prof.), Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
J. Ruud Van Ommen (Assoc. Prof.), Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands;
Jonas Sundqvist (Dr., Senior Scientist), Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany; Lund University, Lund, Sweden
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Virtual Project on the History of ALD (VPHA) - in atmosphere of Openness, Respect, and Trust