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2024 NTC Award Winners Announced

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2024

NTC Announces Winners of the 2024 Individual Award.

2024 Individual Awards will be presented at IEEE NANO 2024 in Gijon, Spain.

 

Pioneer Award

The Pioneer Award recognizes individuals who have had a significant impact on the field of nanotechnology by virtue of initiating new areas of research, development or engineering.

Tony Heinz
Department of Applied Physics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Email: tony.heinz@stanford.edu

Proposed Award Citation:
For seminal contributions to elucidating the optical and electronic properties of carbon nanotubes, graphene,2D semiconductors, and their heterostructures.

 

Early Career Award

The Early Career Award recognizes individuals who have made contributions with a major impact on the field of nanotechnology.

Wei Yan
State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials,  the College of Materials Science & Engineering, Donghua University, China
Email: wei.yan@ntu.edu.sg

Proposed Award Citation:
For his pioneering and innovative contributions to nanotechnology enabled fiber, fabric and wearable electronics

 

Chapter of the Year Award

IIT Indore (Indian Institute of Technology-Indore IEEENTCl Student Branch Chapter, Bombay Section)

Chair: Mayank Dubey
Email: dubey.mayank@ieee.org

Proposed Award Citation:
For exceptional dedication to advancing nanotechnology, fostering innovation, and promoting collaboration for the betterment of society.

 

Call for Award Nominations 2023

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) gives several awards yearly. Six are for individuals, two for the best papers published in the Transactions on Nanotechnology (T-NANO) and the IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine (INM), one is for the best Chapter, and one for the best Technical Committee.

Nomination for Awards Evaluated by the NTC Awards Committee (Nominations due 1-October)
A. Individual Awards information
B. Chapter Award information

C. Contact NTC Awards Chair
for information

Nomination for Awards Evaluated by NTC Specific Award Committees (nominations due 1-March)
D. Best PhD Thesis Award information
E. Publication Awards information
F. Technical Awards information

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2023 Nanotechnology Council Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, July 18th, 2023

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council announces its 2023 Award Winners. Awards were presented at its 23rd IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology (NANO 2023) held in Jeju, Republic of Korea on 3-5 July 2023.

The Pioneer, Early Career, Chapter of the Year, TNANO Best Paper, Technical Committee, and Best PhD Thesis awards were featured.

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Meet 2023 IEEE Nano Early Career Award Recipient, Dr Deep Jariwala

Thursday, June 1st, 2023

Deep Jariwala is an Assistant Professor in Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). His research interests broadly lie at the intersection of new materials, surface science and solid-state devices for computing, sensing, opto-electronics and energy harvesting applications. Deep completed his undergraduate degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in 2010. Deep went on to pursue his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University working on charge transport and electronic applications of two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors, graduating in 2015. Deep then moved to Caltech as a Resnick Prize Postdoctoral Fellow from 2015-2017 working on nanophotonic devices and ultrathin solar cells, before joining Penn in 2018 to launch his independent career.

Deep’s research has earned him awards of multiple professional societies including the Russell and Sigurd Varian Award and Paul H. Holloway Award of the American Vacuum Society, The Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award of the American Physical Society, Johannes and Julia Weertman Doctoral Fellowship, the Hilliard Award, the Army Research Office and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Awards, Nanomaterials Young Investigator Award, TMS Frontiers in Materials Award, Intel Rising Star Award, IEEE Young Electrical Engineer of the Year Award, IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award, IUPAP Early Career Scientist Prize in Semiconductors, IEEE Nanotechnology Council Young Investigator Award in addition to being named in Forbes Magazine list of 30 scientists under 30, is an invitee to Frontiers of Engineering conference of the National Academy of Engineering as well as a recipient of the Sloan Fellowship. Recently, his work on ferroelectric diode memory was also awarded with the Bell Labs Prize. In addition, he has also received the S. Reid Warren Jr. award given to one faculty member every year at Penn Engineering for inspiring and motivating undergraduate students through teaching. He also serves as Associate Editor for IEEE Photonics Technology Letters as well as npj 2D materials and applications. He has published over 100 journal papers with more than 16000 citations and several patents. At Penn he leads a research group comprising more than ten graduate and postdoctoral researchers supported by a variety of government agencies, industries and private foundations.

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Tell us a little bit about your educational/professional background. How are you involved in IEEE NTC Modeling and Simulation?

I grew up in Mumbai, India and went to high school there. I then went to the Indian Institute of Technology at Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU) in Varanasi for my bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering. During my undergraduate degree, I spent two summers at Rice University which sparked my interest in nanotechnology and nanomaterials. After finishing my undergraduate, I went straight to PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University where I worked on novel types of transistors and diodes using two-dimensional (2D) and one-dimensional (1D) semiconductors. During PhD was the first time I got exposed to device modelling and simulation. After PhD, I kept working on devices but moved to Caltech to pursue a postdoctoral position in photonic and optoelectronic devices. At Caltech, I was exposed to the electromagnetic wave and optical simulations. Starting 2018, I moved to the University of Pennsylvania to start my independent research group where we work on both electronic and photonic devices from novel nanomaterials. We make and measure devices as well as simulate and predict their performance.

What is your primary research interest? What are the major areas that your research group works on?

My research interests are extremely broad. But the primary objectives can be summarized as using new materials for novel devices involving computing, communication, sensing and energy harvesting applications. Presently, there are 4 major areas of the research group:

  • Nanoelectronics: In this area, we work on novel logic transistors as well as novel non-volatile memory devices. We also focus on fundamental device challenges such as contact resistance as well as think about circuits and system-level implementation of new devices.
  • Nanophotonics/Optoelectronics: In this area, we focus on low-dimensional materials with novel optical properties and structure them to trap light and observe novel photonic phenomena. We are also equally interested in using the observed novel photonic phenomena in device applications.
  • Functional imaging: In this area, we focus on electron beam and scanning probe-based imaging of new materials, heterostructures and their interfaces. We call this area functional imaging since we are doing more than just standard imaging by applying another stimulus during imaging. For example: applying heat or electric field or magnetic field during e-beam imaging or shining light or applying voltage during scanning probe imaging.
  •  Synthesis of new semiconductor materials: In this area, we use vapour phase and plasma phase deposition techniques to grow new semiconductors and their heterostructures and investigate their fundamental crystal, electronic and optical properties.

Lead us through your Academic Career Highlights and share your experience.

I was always inclined towards high education and deep scientific inquiry. I’d say all the way from my middle school days if my memory serves me correctly. The first major highlight was going to IIT for undergraduate education. There I came in contact with some professors and other senior students who encouraged me to go into research and pointed me in the right direction.

At IIT-BHU, I started doing some molecular dynamics simulations research which led to a summer internship at Rice University. That was another major highlight. The Rice experience opened doors to experimental, physical lab-based research which was very instrumental and eye-opening in terms of my thinking and intellectual evolution. After spending two summers at Rice, I decided to apply for PhD program and was fortunate enough to get into Northwestern University in their Materials Science and Engineering PhD program. That was another major highlight.

Northwestern years were very formative in becoming a well-rounded researcher since my PhD advisers at the time gave me all the freedom and resources and provided a very healthy environment to pursue high-risk, high-reward research. That paid off well which led to a productive PhD and a postdoc opportunity at Caltech. Moving to Caltech to work with one of the leading groups in photonics and optical materials was another major highlight. Caltech experience further developed me into an independent scientist and taught me the importance of collaborations as well as marriage between theory and experiments in research.

All these experiences combined led to my current position as a group leader at Penn. Starting an independent lab and career is always challenging and therefore a major highlight. This experience at Penn taught me a lot about how to raise money, manage ideas, people, resources, collaborations and more importantly expectations of everyone. Doing all this successfully and living through a pandemic was quite an experience. An important positive thing I learned managing our lab through the pandemic is to never give up and always keep motivation high among the students and postdocs. I also learned how resilient most of us are as human beings and emerge from all kinds of adversity. Our group emerged quite strong both mentally and scientifically through the pandemic. We had an excellent 2021 and 2022 in terms of publications which led to several awards and honors for the entire group. A major highlight of all these successes was winning the Bell Labs Prize together with my colleagues Troy Olsson and Eric Stach. That one was a very intense competition and the final round involved presenting in front of a judging panel that had multiple CEOs and Nobel laureates. So that whole experience was quite thrilling.

How is your Research Group structured? Is your work done in collaboration with other Industry Partners? If so, what would be your advice to young researchers on strategies to find a good set of collaborations?

Our research group has a very flat structure. Everyone can approach me directly for any advice or help. Of course, some younger students are mentored by senior students or postdocs but everyone gets to talk to me directly. We work as a team and there are really no boundaries between projects. So, if the nanoelectronics folks think there is something cool on the materials or nanophotonics side that they can contribute to, they just go ahead, talk to the relevant group members and collaborate. Sometimes they would run the ideas by me. Other times it is just spontaneous. Similarly, if they want to collaborate with another group at Penn or elsewhere, I proactively make the connections to get the collaboration going. Similar collaborations work with industry and very important government labs as well. In general, we are a very collaborative group and work with dozens of other researchers all over the world. I personally think that is one of our strengths and what makes us so interdisciplinary and productive.

From the viewpoint of someone who has been in academia for many years, how do you think your perspective or approach to research has changed from when you started your PhD work?

To be honest, I haven’t been in academia for very long. Just finishing ~5 years as a group leader/principal investigator. But my research perspective has changed a lot even in this short time. What I have realized over time is that one should always have a big picture of the impact of the research in their minds while working hard and deeply on a problem. The impact may be in community-wide scientific understanding or in terms of tangible technology. Both are fine and equally important. It is also very important to know when to stop working and let things go/end and when to stop, summarize and publish. Scientific world is very big, getting bigger by the day, and more dynamic and fast-moving these days than ever before. So, one needs to be flexible and adapt to these changes which could be both in ways of doing things or in changes to research problems as well.

Do you or your immediate group focus on translating your research into profitable products or is your group mainly involved in exploring more fundamental questions in nanotechnology? If you address fundamental questions, how does your work differ from work done in the industry?

We do both. I would say in the early parts of my career as a student and postdoc I was mostly a fundamental research person. But nowadays we are quite cognizant that many of our ideas could have commercial value and therefore we frequently patent and also think about licensing or starting companies. In terms of fundamental questions, we are looking at basic materials physics/new phenomena questions which are often not being pursued by most industries. Industries, at least semiconductors and optoelectronic industries are focused on optimizing device performance and scaling. They will pick up a problem in most cases when the physics has already been worked out and individual device or materials performance has exceeded certain set benchmarks that are relevant for a technology/product. We do that kind of research as well but then we try and maintain clear boundaries i.e. if there are things that industries are doing can do much better than us since they have more human power and resources, then we would just stay away from such research problems since they go outside the realm of academia at that point, in my personal opinion.

In an academic research centre such as yours, how do you select a research problem to work on? How do you evaluate progress over time?

This is a great question. Selecting research problems is never an easy process. There are always curiosity-driven questions that one has but the issue is how to find funding and resources to execute them. I, therefore, have two classes of problems. The ones that I am more confident about working with and also confident getting funding for them and other class which are riskier and more difficult to get funding on; but very interesting nonetheless. The former ones are straightforward to work on. Define the problem, get some preliminary data, apply for grants and secure funding (this process can be time-consuming and painful sometimes) and then recruit students and execute. The second class of problems are trickier to work on. Typically, I try and search for discretionary funding opportunities or motivated students and postdocs with their own fellowships to work on such problems. Evaluating progress depends on what you want to learn from the problem or what do want as the final result. If the scientific principle you are after is understood, it means progress has been made and you were successful. However, if the end goal is to reach a certain performance or technology demonstration then once again it is very subjective on how you define it. For all highly applied problems, my personal evaluation is that you develop it to a level that someone can make a real technology and product out of it.

Discuss your IEEE journey and motivation to volunteer.

I joined IEEE when I was PhD student. Mainly because I had heard of it since my high school days. Society was somewhat of an enigma for me during college/undergraduate since I thought it was mainly for circuit engineers. Then after I entered PhD program I realized how broad IEEE is and how many societies and technical councils it had and how interconnected/valuable they are in terms of resources and networking. Thereafter, I regularly started following IEEE activities. I think my involvement with the IEEE intensified when I decided to take up a professorship in the Electrical Engineering (EE) department. I had all my degrees in Materials Science and then I took up EE as my home department, which was very rewarding, to be honest. Then, I got involved in IEEE Young Professionals committees, local EDS chapters, EDS optoelectronics committee etc. I also slowly got involved in NTC and in journal editing for the Photonics Society both of which are very rewarding experiences. I would say that there are multiple places in IEEE where I have found a professional home in. EDS, NTC and the Photonics Society are the three most prominent ones. I would say from the disciplinary perspective my research aligns most closely with NTC. Professional societies are meant for professional development and one way to do that is to contribute to them which is to volunteer. Therefore, I encourage everyone to do so in whatever capacity one can manage.

How do you leverage IEEE for your own learning?

My main sources from IEEE for my own learning and professional development are

  1. Conferences: The content of talks, posters and networking at IEEE conferences is just breathtaking and invaluable.
  2. Journals: I read a lot of papers and also serve as an associate editor which both contribute a lot to learning about other people’s work and hearing the opinions of others in various research areas of interest.
  3. Webinars and committees: IEEE webinars are very well advertised and very informative. Similarly, committee meetings give a great chance to learn not just about society but also about other professionals’ career trajectories in your field as well as outside your field.

Which achievement in IEEE/life are you most proud of?

I have a few achievements related to IEEE that I am very proud of. But the latest honor i.e. being named the IEEE NTC Early Career Awardee for 2023 takes the cake. Given the list of former awardees, how much they have achieved in their own careers and how many of them have had an influence on my own scientific thinking and career, this award from the NTC is truly special.

Figure: Dr. Deep Jariwala receiving the IEEE Nano Early Career 2023 award.

Article Contribution:  This interview was conducted by IEEE NTC MENED 2022 mentee, Miss Noor E Karishma Shaik and reviewed by Prof. M.P.Anantram from IEEE TC-10 Committee.

Call for 2023 NTC New Awards Nominations

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

New Awards Nominations are due 1 MARCH 2023  APRIL 15, 2023

The Nanotechnology Council (NTC) has received approvals to offer these new awards starting in 2023:

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) is soliciting nominations for these Awards. See the Awards page for  more information on all the NTC’s awards. To view the full detailed listing of each award please visit the Awards nominations page. Awards are presented at the IEEE-NANO conference.

Nominations for these awards are due on 1 MARCH 2023 APRIL 15, 2023. (Deadline for other NTC awards remains as 1 October.) Nominators should utilize the forms associated with each award description found on the website. Please make sure that nominators and references specifically address contributions, impact, and evidence related to the Basis for Judgment associated with each award.

Best PhD Thesis Award in Nanotechnology

Description: This annual award recognizes a PhD thesis in nanotechnology with remarkable technology innovation or excellence which should have led to publications in NTC venues including journals and conferences. Any member with no conflict of interest (i.e. advisor-advisee relationship) with any member of the NTC ExCom, NTC Education Committee, or NTC Technical Committees can submit a nomination to the Award Committee for this award. Self-nominations are not allowed. Requires three references.

Best-Paper Award for the IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine

Description: This annual award recognizes a highly influential and impactful article of the highest quality published in the IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine (INM) in the preceding 2 calendar years. (For example, the 2023 award recognizes a paper published in 2021 or 2022.) Note: Nominations accepted from any current or past member of the INM Editorial Board within the last 3 years ONLY. No self-nominations. Requires three references.

Test of Time Publication Award

Description: This annual award recognizes a highly influential, widely visible, and impactful article of the highest quality which appeared in any Nanotechnology Council managed journal, magazine, or financially sponsored conference proceedings between 10 years and 25 years ago. Note: Nominations from any Editorial Board member of any NTC publication within the last 25 years ONLY. No self-nominations. Requires three reference letters.

Technical Achievement Award(s)

Description: This annual award recognizes individuals with outstanding and innovative contributions to the different areas of nanotechnology that are represented by technical committees (TCs) as organizational entities of the Nanotechnology Council (NTC), usually within the past 10 and not more than 15 years. Note: Nominations from any member of the NTC Technical Activities Committee within the last three years (including the nomination year) ONLY. No self-nominations. Up to 3 awards will be presented each year.  Requires three reference letters.

Best Paper Award for the IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology

Description: An annual best paper award to recognize a paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (T-NANO) that is remarkable by its novelty, scientific merit, and potential impact. This award will encourage submission of excellent papers to the journal, and reward outstanding submissions. Note: Nominations by members of the T-NANO Editorial Board ONLY.

 

For further information please see the NTC Awards page or contact the Award Chair for each award on its Nomination page.

 

2023 NTC Award Winners Announced

Thursday, December 8th, 2022

NTC Announces its 2023 Individual Award Winners.

2023 Individual Awards will be presented at IEEE NANO 2023 in Jeju Island, Korea.

 

Pioneer Award

The Pioneer Award recognizes individuals who have had a significant impact on the field of nanotechnology by virtue of initiating new areas of research, development or engineering.

Professor Xiangfeng Duan

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California NanoSystems Institute, University of California, Los Angeles

Email: xduan@chem.ucla.edu

“For pioneering contribution to the synthesis and integration of nanoscale materials and devices, especially van der Waals heterostructures and devices.”

 

Early Career Award

The Early Career Award recognizes individuals who have made contributions with a major impact on the field of nanotechnology.

Professor Deep Jariwala

Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Email: dmj@seas.upenn.edu

“For breakthrough contributions in logic, memory and photonic devices from low-dimensional semiconductors.”

 

Chapter of the Year Award

University of Saskatchewan IEEE Nanotechnology Council Student Branch Chapter

Chair: José Alvim Berkenbrock

Email: j.alvim@usask.ca or berkenbrock@ieee.org

“For outstanding performance during adverse times and innovative and collaborative initiatives that engaged nanotechnology experts and IEEE volunteers”

 

Call for Award Nominations 2022

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

Award Nominations are due 1 October 2022

More Information

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) is soliciting nominations for its Individual and Chapter Awards. To view the full detailed listing of each award please visit the Awards nominations page. Awards are presented at the IEEE-NANO conference.

Nominations are due on 1 October 2022. Nominators should utilize the forms associated with each award description found on the website. Please make sure that nominators and references specifically address contributions, impact, and evidence related to the Basis for Judgment associated with each award.

For further information, please see the Awards page or contact the (new) Awards Committee Chair, Paul Weiss.

Pioneer Award
The Nanotechnology Council Pioneer Award in nanotechnology is to recognize individuals who by virtue of initiating new areas of research, development, or engineering have had a significant impact on the field of nanotechnology. The award is intended for people who are in the mid or late portions of their careers, i.e., at least 10 years beyond his or her highest earned academic degree on the nomination deadline date.

Early Career Award
The Nanotechnology Council has established an Early Career Award to recognize individuals who have made contributions with major impact on the field of nanotechnology.

Distinguished Service Award
The Nanotechnology Council established the Distinguished Service Award to recognize an individual who has performed outstanding service for the benefit and advancement of Nanotechnology Council.

Chapter of the Year Award

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) Chapter of the Year Award is intended to encourage a successful and effective overall performance of the Chapter in terms of its activities. Exemplary Chapters must have a high number of activities and creativity.  The Chapter must consistently be active in organizing activities throughout the year.

 

2022 Nanotechnology Awards Ceremony

Thursday, July 14th, 2022

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council announces its 2022 Award Winners. Awards were presented at its 22st IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology (NANO 2022) held in Mallorca on 6-8 July 2022.

PIONEER AWARD IN NANOTECHNOLOGY

The NTC Pioneer Award in nanotechnology is to recognize individuals who by virtue of initiating new areas of research, development or engineering have had a significant impact on the field of nanotechnology. The award is intended for people who are in the mid or late portions of their careers, i.e., at least 10 years beyond his or her highest earned academic degree on the nomination deadline date.

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2021 Outstanding Chapter of the Year

Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

 

The 2021 Nanotechnology Council Chapter of the Year Award goes to the IEEE Nanotechnology Student Branch Chapter at IIT Indore. See https://ieee.ntc.iiti.ac.in/

“For creating an interactive platform to incorporate design, and development of nanotechnology and it’s scientific, engineering, and industrial applications”

The IIT Indore NTC Student Chapter is actively involved in the technical domain by organizing technical events such as Distinguished Lecturer Program, Mini Colloquia and sponsoring/co-sponsoring various conferences, webinars and workshops, membership drives, opportunities to network with peers, the Resource Center, environmental awareness campaigns and promotional activities with the objective of sustainable developmental growth.

The members of the Chapter are striving to create an interactive platform for young professionals like academicians, scientists, technologists and engineers to discuss, explore and collaborate in the domains of semiconductor, nanoelectronics, photonics, optoelectronics, photovoltaic, biomedical sensors and memory devices.

 

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) Chapter of the Year Award is intended to encourage a successful and effective overall performance of the Chapter in terms of its activities. Exemplary Chapters must have a high number of activities and creativity.  The Chapter must consistently be active in organizing activities throughout the year.

 

2022 NTC Award Winners Announced

Sunday, March 20th, 2022

 

NTC Announces its 2022 Individual Award Winners.

Pioneer Award
The Pioneer Award recognizes individuals who have had a significant impact on the field of nanotechnology by virtue of initiating new areas of research, development or engineering.

The 2022 Pioneer Award goes to Professor Xiuling Li, Temple Foundation Endowed Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Microelectronics Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

“For innovative contributions to nanoscale device growth, fabrication, and demonstration especially nanowire epitaxy, metal-assisted chemical etching, and self-rolled-up nanomembrane technology”

 

Early Career Award
The Early Career Award recognizes individuals who have made contributions with a major impact on the field of nanotechnology.

The 2022 Early Career Award goes to Deblina Sarkar, Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and AT&T Career Development Chair Professor at MIT Media Lab.

“For innovative work in development of energy-efficient next-generation computing technology and fusion of nanotechnology with biology towards understanding the brain.”


Congratulations to the awardees. The awards will be presented at IEEE NANO 2022 in Mallorca, Spain.