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IEEE-NEMS 2020 Call for Late-News Submisisons

Monday, February 17th, 2020

Late News Abstract Submission is OPEN!

The 15th IEEE Int’l Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered & Molecular Systems (IEEE-NEMS 2020) will be held from April 20-24, 2020 at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, USA

IEEE-NEMS is a premier conference series sponsored by the IEEE Nanotechnology Council focusing on the promotion of advanced research areas related to MEMS, nanotechnology, and molecular technology.

Late News abstracts are for reporting recent discoveries that were not available at the earliest abstract submission. Late News abstracts are for Poster Sessions only and require one-page abstracts. The Late News abstract submission deadline is February 29, 2020.

See for instructions on requirements and how to submit.

Call for papers can be found here.

Early Bird Registration is open, deadline: February 29, 2020


IEEE NANO 2020 – Call for Abstracts

Thursday, January 30th, 2020



Abstract Submission Information can be found here!
Download First Call for Papers here.


The 20th IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE-NANO 2020) will be held from July 29th to 31st of 2020, at the Hotel Bonaventure, Montreal.

We are delighted to share with you our confirmed distinguished plenary speakers.

NANO 2020 will be a key forum for you to present your research to a uniquely interdisciplinary and international audience. Following the tradition of the NANO conferences, participants have the opportunity to publish their research in IEEE Xplore® and IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, subject to a stringent peer review process.

NANO 2020 will be organized in 16 parallel TRACKS. You can find the list of TRACKS and their organizers here.

The IEEE-NANO 2020 is now calling for the first-round submission.  Please access the submission system by this link: Authors should submit an abstract (2 pages) for review; however, if you wish to participate in the best paper contests, you MUST submit a full paper (4 to 6 pages) for review.

Key dates for abstract and paper submission

Abstract Submission: January 24, 2020 DEADLINE EXTENDED – February 15, 2020
Acceptance: March 2, 2020
Final Manuscripts: May 6, 2020

For more information, click here.

New EiC Appointments 2020-21

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) is pleased to announce the new Editor-in-Chief and Co-Editor-in-Chief for the following Publications

IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine (INM)
We are excited to announce the appointment of Bing Sheu as Editor-in-Chief and Xiaoning Jiang as Co-Editor-in-Chief of INM for 2020-2021.

Prof. Bing Sheu, Chang Gung University
Chair Professor in Electronics & Engineering Department
Chair Professor in Information Management Department
IEEE Fellow
Prof. Xiaoning Jiang, North Carolina State University,
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University Faculty Scholar at North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina


IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (T-NANO)
NTC is delighted to inform you of the appointment of Sorin Cotofana as Editor-in-Chief and Chengkuo (Vincent) Lee as Co-Editor-in-Chief of T-NANO for 2020-2021.

Prof. Sorin Cotofana, Delft University of Technology
Associate Professor with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, & Computer Science
IEEE Fellow

Prof. Chengkuo (Vincent) Lee, National University of Singapore
Director of Center for Intelligent Sensors and MEMS
Associate Professor for the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

New Fellows of IEEE – 2020

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

Hearty congratulations to the following outstanding members of NTC community on being elevated (effective Jan 1, 2020) to the rank of Fellow of IEEE!

1. Osamu Tabata
for contributions to the development and commercialization of micro electro mechanical systems

2. Tza-huei Wang
for contributions to micro- and nano-technologies for biomedical applications

Please nominate as many qualified members of NTC community as possible!

Happy Holidays!

Tommy Yonhua Tzeng (曾永華)
President and Fellow, IEEE Nanotechnology Council
NCKU Chair and Distinguished Professor
*IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.

KidneyX Phase 2 Redesign Dialysis Competition

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

KidneyX launches $1.5 million Phase 2 of prize competition to redesign dialysis

On November 18, 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) launched the second phase of KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis, a prize competition that seeks to transform kidney care. Redesign Dialysis is part of a series of KidneyX prize competitions to catalyze the development of innovative solutions that can prevent, diagnose, and treat kidney diseases.

Redesign Dialysis Phase 2 seeks prototype solutions, or components of solutions, that can replicate normal kidney functions or improve dialysis access. Participants may compete in the second phase even if they did not submit a solution in the first phase. Prototypes should address at least one of the following areas: blood filtration, electrolyte homeostasis, volume regulation, toxin removal and secretion, filtrate drainage and connectivity, and dialysis access.

The competition calls on researchers, innovators, patients, and investors with expertise in nephrology, biotechnology, bioengineering, and medical devices to submit solutions by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 31, 2020.

Up to three winners will each be awarded $500,000. Participants can find more information, including the submission requirements, judging criteria, and eligibility, in the prize announcement (PDF).

Phase 2 quick facts:

  • Who should submit? Phase 2 is open to new solvers as well as Phase 1 participants. The competition calls on experts in nephrology, biotechnology, bioengineering, medical devices, mechanical engineering, and more.
  • Non-U.S. citizens and nonpermanent residents can participate as a member of a team that otherwise satisfies the eligibility criteria but will not be eligible to win a monetary prize (in whole or in part).
  • Seeking early prototypes. The prototype can be the first iteration, as long as it’s a testable device.
  • $1.5 million in prizes. Up to three winners will each be awarded $500,000.
  • Deadline. Submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 31, 2020.
  • Solver community that will allow you to connect with other people interested in entering KidneyX, many of which are U.S. citizens, so you can join an eligible team:

Phase 1 recap:

The first phase received 165 submissions that included innovations in vascular access, fluid filtration, and biosensors. The 15 Phase 1 winners each received $75,000.


Call for Proposals Extended – Future Sites for IEEE NANO 2022!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) is calling for proposals for future sites for IEEE NANO 2022!

Extended Deadline 15 January 2020


The annual IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology is the NTC’s flagship event. The conference scope covers a wide range in nanoscience and technology. In particular, it covers nanofabrication, nanomanufacturing, nanomaterials, nanobiomedicine, nanoenergy, nanoplasmonics, nanoelectronics, nanosensors and nanoactuators, characterisation and modelling of nano structures and devices. Research in both experiments and simulation is reported. Industry is encouraged to present its research projects. NANO 2019 and 2020 will be held in Macau, China; Montreal Canada; respectively.

We are now seeking proposals for NANO 2022 which is expected to run in IEEE Regions 10 (Asia). NANO should be run at the end of July, preferably in the last week.


Call for Nominations Extended – 2020 IEEE Nanotechnology DLs

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Extended deadline 15 January 2020

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) is seeking nominations for distinguished lectures. The NTC has created a distinguished lecturers program to enhance the visibility of NTC among nanotechnology societies. The NTC Distinguished Lecturers are appointed to honor excellent speakers who have made technical, industrial or entrepreneurial contributions of high quality to the field of nanotechnology and science, and to enhance the technical programs of the Nanotechnology Council chapters and conferences. Consideration is given to having a well-balanced variety of speakers who can address a wide range of topics of current interest in the fields covered by the Society.

The term for the Lecturers is from January 1 until December 31 of 2020. The Lecturers serve for a one year term, and may be reappointed for one additional year with approval of the NTC Distinguished Lecturer Committee. A budget will be provided each Lecturer to give lectures for NTC Chapters and NTC Conferences based on availability of funding through the NTC. DLs are expected to give a minimum of 2 lectures per year as part of their commitment to serve.


Election Result – VP Educational Activities 2020-21

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

The Nanotechnology Council is pleased to announce the winner of the special election for VP Educational Activities is John Yeow.

John T. W. Yeow received his B.A.Sc. degree in electrical and computer engineering, and M.A.Sc. and PhD. degrees in mechanical and industrial engineering from the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada. His current research interests are in the field of developing miniaturized biomedical instruments. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Institute of Canada, Engineers Canada, and a Member of College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

Prof. Yeow is a recipient of the Professional Engineers Ontario Engineering Excellence Award, Natural Science & Engineering Research Canada Innovation Challenge Award, Douglas R. Colton’s Medal of Research Excellence, Micralyne Microsystems Design Award, Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation’s Early Researcher Award, Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology Research Leaders Award, IEEE NANO Excellent Paper Award, Professional Engineers Ontario Young Engineer Medal, and University of Toronto Alumni Association 7T6 Early Career Award. He is a Canada Research Chair in Micro/Nanodevices, and a University Research Chair.

Prof. Yeow has been involved with NTC activities in different capacities since 2006. He was the Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Nanotechnology Newsletter (2010-2012), and the IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine (2014-2019). Furthermore, Yeow was a NTC Distinguished Lecturer (2017-2018), and a General Chair of the IEEE NANO 2014 in Toronto, Canada. More recently, he served as the Program Chair for IEEE NANOMED 2019 in Gwangju, South Korea and IEEE NEMS 2019 in San Diego, USA.

Yeow’s plans as VP include establishing a stronger and sustainable relationship between the NTC Distinguished Lecturer (DL) program with NTC chapters around the world. Workng with TC chairs so that they can actively participate in tutorial organization at NTC conferences and summer schools. This active participation will increase their TCs’ exposure to the nano community which will, in turn, increase their membership and revitalize the leadership. And proactively reaching out to NTC chapters to support and promote educational activities such as nanotechnology engineering outreach programs.


Announcing MARSS 2020

Friday, November 8th, 2019



The 5th International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS) is held from 13-17 July 2020 in Toronto, CanadaMARSS2020 Organization Committee is headed by General Chair: Yu Sun (CA), General Co-Chairs: Eric Diller (CA) and Xinyu Liu (CA), Program Chairs: Bradley Nelson (CH) and Mohammad Qasaimeh (AE). The conference is technically supported by IEEE-NTC and IEEE-RAS. MARSS is the flagship forum for cross-disciplinary R&D communities related to manipulation and automation (incl. measurement and characterization) at micro/nano scales as well as all kinds of small scale robots and their applications. The expected number of participants is about 250-300.

We cordially invite you to attend and contribute to the conference. The conference will feature 12-15 Plenary talks, 35-40 technical sessions (oral presentations), and a poster session. Full papers (5-6 pages) or short papers (1-3 pages) on MARSS-related topics are invited. Accepted full papers will be presented (20 min) in the technical sessions. Accepted short papers will be presented in the poster session. Some of high-quality short papers may be recommended for an oral presentation in a technical session. Presented full papers will be submitted to the IEEE Xplore® digital library. Selected full papers will be recommended to Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics (Springer Nature) for publishing a Special Issue.

Please consider organizing a Special Session at MARSS2020. You may check the website for details. Organization of a Special session (at least 5 registered presentations required) will be acknowledged by appreciation allowance.

Full paper submission (5-6 pages):                 February 16, 2020 (no extension possible)

Short paper submission (1-3 pages):              May 15, 2020 (no extension possible)

Special session proposals:                                February 16, 2020 (speakers with full paper submission)

May 15, 2020 (speakers without full paper submission)


We look forward to meeting you in Toronto!

Save the Date:

MARSS2021 will be held in Hangzhou, China, on July 5-9 / MARSS2022 will be held in Delft, Netherlands, on July 4-8

Call for Papers for the 2020 IEEE International Conference on DTS

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Submission Date Extended – 12-Feb-20


You are cordially invited to participate and submit your research for the IEEE international conference on Design & Test of integrated micro & nano-Systems (DTS2020). DTS2020 is co-organized with the IEEE Tunisia section and technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Nanotechnology council. The event is going to be organized in Hammamet /Tunisia on 7-10 June 2020 by the EMC group of METS laboratory at National Engineering School of Sfax.

IEEE DTS’20 re-visits the venue which has proven to be attractive and enjoyable, with many opportunities for networking, exchange of ideas and the building of a strong sense of community. A diverse assembly of researchers, engineers and scientists will be invited to present their ideas and discuss new results, providing a unique opportunity for attendees to view a variety of interesting and innovative technologies in one location. Invited papers and tutorial talks from international experts will be presented in key topical areas.

IEEE DTS’20 represents a scientific and technological event dedicated to integrated electronic systems which reach the nanoscale era. The interests of the conference cover all the aspects from the design to the test of micro and nano systems. IEEE DTS is an important meeting where well known researchers from universities and companies will present the latest innovations in the field of micro and nano electronics. It will be also an opportunity for researchers to present and discuss their latest work.