Welcome to the 20th ICTMC

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The ICTMC-20 will take place September 5 – 9, 2016 in Halle (Saale), Germany. It is the 20th meeting in a series beginning with ICTSC-1 in Bath (1973).

The conference is covering the science of Ternary and Multinary Compounds: Chalcopyrite-type (I-III-VI2, II-IV-V2), Kesterite-type (I2-II-IV-VI4), Sphalerite- and Wurtzite-type (III-V, II-VI, etc.), Perovskite-type, Skutterudite-type, complex Oxides, complex Nitrides, etc.

Materials topics are:
  • Materials growth and properties in bulk and thin film
  • Novel materials and material combinations
  • Computational material design and modelling
  • Material aging
Material related applications topics are:
  • Photovoltaics, Photogalvanics (bulk photovoltaics), and Thermoelectrics
  • Photocatalysis
  • Light emission and light manipulation
  • Spintronics, Multiferroics, and Superconductivity
  • Memory effects
The conference will feature a special session on “Ferroelectric Photovoltaics”.



Halle (Saale) is a town in Saxonia-Anhalt in central Germany, which lies on the river Saale. The town has a history of more than 1200 years. Halle was first mentioned in 806 AD in combination with the construction of forts in an area of profitable salt springs. The rich salt springs and the associated trade made the city grow steadily. About 1280 Halle joined the Hanseatic League and took the name Hanseatic city. Late 15th century the staff employed in salt production, the so-called Salzwirker, have constituted a brotherhood, whose members are called to this day Halloren. They and their traditions are part of the intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

In 1685, the great composer Georg Friedrich Händel was born in Halle. Therefore Halle is called Händel town. In 1698 August Hermann Francke founded the Franckeschen Stiftungen, that have been the starting point of a social-humanistic education in Germany. In Halle is one of the oldest universities germanys, the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. The historical roots are the Leucorea University in Wittenberg, founded in 1502, and the Fridericiana University, established in Halle in 1694.
Today Halle is an important cultural, scientific and business location.