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National Nanotechnology Day (USA)

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

National Nanotechnology Day (USA)
Event Date: October 09, 2021

National Nanotechnology Day is an annual celebration featuring a series of community-led events and activities on or around October 9 to help raise awareness of nanotechnology, how it is currently used in products that enrich our daily lives, and the challenges and opportunities it holds for the future. This date, 10/9, pays homage to the nanometer scale, 10–9 meters.

Planning for various events and activities is underway at schools, universities, and various organizations around the country. Whether at home or outside, there are so many ways to explore advances in nanotechnology and how it is impacting our everyday lives!

See National Nanotechnology Day | National Nanotechnology Initiative for details.

 

IEEE Oregon Nanotechnology Chapter Presents Webinar on 4 Oct. 2021

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021

 

“Quasi 2D and 1D van der Waals Quantum Materials – From Physics to Device Applications” with Alexander A. Balandin, University of California, Riverside

Date/Time: October 4th, 2021 5-6:30 PM PT

Registration at:
https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/281851

 

Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows Program 2021 Class Announcement

Saturday, June 26th, 2021

Congratulations to NTC Awards Chair Alex Balandin, UC Riverside distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering and materials science, who was selected for the DoD’s 2021 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows (VBFF) program.

On May 5th, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced the selection of eight distinguished faculty scientists and engineers for the 2021 Class of Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellows (VBFF). The highly competitive fellowship is the DoD’s flagship single investigator award for basic research. VBFF is sponsored by the Basic Research Office, Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, with grants managed by the Office of Naval Research.

The Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship is named in honor of Dr. Vannevar Bush, the Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development after World War II. In line with Dr. Bush’s vision, the Fellowship aims to advance transformative, university-based fundamental research. For the FY21 competition, over 300 white papers were received, from which panels of experts recommended the final eight fellows. Each fellow will receive up to $3 million over the five-year fellowship term to pursue cutting-edge fundamental research projects.

Prof. Balandin’s topic is specifically on nanotechnology. The project is on creating a new research field: one-dimensional quantum materials. For their VBFF project, Balandin and co-workers will investigate formation of charge-density-wave condensate in one-dimensional Van der Waals materials. Other topics of interest include one-dimensional materials with strong spin-orbit coupling, phonon confinement, and quantization effects. Electronics experts expect that one-dimensional quantum materials can be used in a variety of electronic devices, with applications in low-power electronic circuits, quantum computers, small-size electromagnetic antennas for radiofrequency communications, and energy-conversion devices.

More information about the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship is available on the DoD Basic Research Office website.

 

JXCDC Call for Papers on “Emerging Hardware for Cognitive Computing”

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

IEEE Journal on Exploratory Solid-State Computational Devices and Circuits (JXCDC): Call for Papers on “Emerging Hardware for Cognitive Computing”

A call for papers is now open for the IEEE Journal on Exploratory Solid-State Computational Devices and Circuits special topic on “Emerging Hardware for Cognitive Computing.”

Aims and Scope:

Emerging materials and physics can be leveraged for new device-inherent behavior that can have system-level benefits. Motivation for device, circuit, and system behavior can be drawn from how the human brain processes certain data-intensive tasks adaptively and quickly, such as canonical image recognition. The field of neuromorphic computing has made great strides in implementing multi-weight synaptic behavior, as well as neuronal behavior such as integrate-and-fire and stochastic switching, and implementation of such behaviors in deep neural network (DNN) processing. Using CMOS, emerging resistive memories, and other device types as the basis, neuromorphic computing is innovating vertically from devices, to circuits, to systems to re-define how computation can be done. Looking forward, the realm of “cognitive computing” is inspired by new and continually emerging understanding of advanced brain and neuronal behavior that enables efficient and real-time learning and reaction.

This call for papers is on emerging hardware for cognitive computing. The focus and emphasis of these special topic papers is beyond DNN processing, as well as beyond multi-weight synapses and basic neuron integrating, firing, and stochasticity. Some example topics of interest include coherent reaction to multiple stimuli and input frequencies, hierarchical temporal memories, coupled dynamics between multiple stimuli and between devices or systems, both short-range and long-range connectivity in the devices and circuits, real-time adaptation to the data the computing system is processing, reconfigurability based on inputs, approximate computing that uses sparsity, and many other bio-inspired behaviors. Papers are encouraged that address implementation of advanced cognitive features at all levels (materials, device, circuits, and systems), including showing at a system level how such advanced functions can be useful for computing tasks and understanding the system-level energy efficiency and speed.

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$10 million KidneyX Artificial Kidney Prize

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

KidneyX launches Artificial Kidney Prize to radically transform kidney care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) have launched the KidneyX Artificial Kidney Prize, a competition to accelerate the development of artificial kidneys toward human clinical trials. This multiphase competition is KidneyX’s first fully dedicated effort toward artificial kidney advancement, with initial phases offering up to $10 million in prizes.

The Artificial Kidney Prize builds on past KidneyX competitions but is distinct in its goal: to accelerate the development of continuous kidney replacement therapies that provide transformational treatment options beyond current dialysis methods. Artificial kidneys may be wearable, implantable, bioengineered, developed as a xenotransplant or chimera organ, or other approaches not yet conceived.

The Artificial Kidney Prize is open to both U.S. and international entrants, subject to eligibility requirements.  Innovators across expertise disciplines — including bioengineering, nanotechnology, materials science, regenerative medicine, and medical devices are encouraged to participate. The first phase seeks component or integrated prototype solutions that enable and advance the functionality, effectiveness, and/or reliability of artificial kidneys. Phase 1 submissions are due by March 24, 2021.

Phase 1 seeks solutions that enable and advance the functionality, effectiveness, and/or reliability of artificial #kidneys. Entrants can explore teaming opportunities by joining the #KidneyX solver community: https://akp.kidneyx.org/solver-community/.

To learn more about the competition and teaming opportunities, prospective entrants can replay the December 3 information session.

 

2020 Awards Ceremonies

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council announces its 2020 Award Winners. Individual Awards were presented at its 20th IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology (NANO 2020) held virtually on 29-31 July 2020.

 

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.

2020 Pioneer Award Recipient

Professor Supriyo Bandyopadhyay from the Virginia Commonwealth University has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 IEEE Nanotechnology Council Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology, with the citation: “For pioneering contributions to spintronics and straintronics employing nanostructures.”

Professor Bandyopadhyay is a pioneer in the field of straintronics which deals with switching nanomagnets with electrically generated strain for extremely energy-efficient computing and signal processing. He has also worked for many decades on spin-based classical computing. Additionally, he developed unique self-assembly techniques for nanoscale synthesis that led to the demonstration of novel optical, electrical and magnetic devices. In 2016, he was named Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist by Governor Terence McAuliffe and in 2018, he received the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award which is the highest award for any faculty member in any private or public college or university in Virginia. He also received his university’s Award of Excellence and Distinguished Scholarship Award – both given to one faculty member in the University in any given year. He has received many other awards over an academic career spanning three decades.

 

EARLY CAREER AWARD IN NANOTECHNOLOGY

The Nanotechnology Council has established an Early Career Award to recognize individuals who have made contributions with major impact on the field of nanotechnology. Up to two awards may be given per year. There may be one award for academics (persons employed by colleges or universities) and one for persons employed by industry or government organizations.

Early Career Award Recipient

Professor Mikhail Kats at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, has been selected as the recipient for the 2020 IEEE Nanotechnology Council Early Career Award,

with the citation: “For outstanding technical innovations and achievement in

nanophotonics, especially for optical metasurfaces, light interaction with nanoscale films, and tunable nanomaterials.”

Professor Kats is an expert in the interaction between light and structured optical materials. He has made pioneering contributions to the development of optical metasurfaces, ultra-thin-film interference coatings, tunable optics with phase-transition materials, and thermal-radiation metrology and engineering.

 

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE AWARD

Each year, the Council will provide an award for the best Technical Committee for the prior year.

The winner of the 2019 Technical Committee Award is

TC 5: Spintronics
Chair: Jayasimha Atulasimha
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Call for Papers – TNANO Special Section on IEEE NMDC 2019

Friday, July 10th, 2020

 

The IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO) seeks original manuscripts for a Special Section on: “14th IEEE Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference (IEEE 2019 NMDC)”

The nanotechnology revolution is founded upon the fascinating progress in nanoscale materials and devices. Researchers are contributing new ideas from a wide range of disciplines, including materials science, biology, biomedicine, engineering, physics, and chemistry. To make interesting research presented at the 14th IEEE 2019 Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference widely available, in expanded form and in one publication, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO) is extending a Call for Papers for a Special Section reflecting the scope of the conference. Submitted manuscripts will undergo a full peer review process. Submissions are welcome, and all interested 2019 NMDC participants are encouraged to submit. Authors who were attendees are requested to significantly expand the previous conference version to contain substantial new technical material, as per TNANO and IEEE restrictions on duplicated publications and the competitive acceptance process.

Submissions that reflect the Conference Scope and current state of the field are welcome in areas including but not limited to:

  • Nanoelectronics and CMOS
  • Nanophotonics, Metamaterials and Plasmonics
  • Low-D Structures: Nanowires, Quantum Dots, …
  • 2D Materials and Devices
  • Quantum Technology
  • Nano-Magnetic Structures and Devices
  • Organic Nanomaterials and Devices
  • NEMS/MEMS and Sensors
  • Biosensing and Biomedical Applications
  • Interconnects, Packaging and Reliability
  • Synthesis and Fabrication of Nanostructures
  • Theory/Modelling of Nanomaterials and Devices
  • Emerging Topics

Manuscripts for the TNANO Special Section must be submitted on-line using the IEEE TNANO manuscript template. Follow the guideline (http://site.ieee.org/tnano/author-info/), and submit your paper to ScholarOne Manuscripts at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tnano, indicating in the cover letter that you wish the paper to be considered for “IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO) Special Section on 14th IEEE Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference”. Please note that the type of submissions is Regular Manuscripts, i.e., 4 to 8 pages in the two-column IEEE format, which includes figures, tables, and references. On submission to TNANO, authors should select the “Special Issue” manuscript type instead of “Regular Paper.” Manuscripts will be subject to the standard competitive and constructive peer-review TNANO criteria with no article publishing charges. Accepted papers are published on the web in IEEE Xplore as soon as they are submitted in final form. Web-published papers have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), and are fully citable and downloadable.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: August 1, 2020
  • First decision (accept/reject/revise): October 1, 2020
  • Revised papers submission: November 15, 2020
  • Final decision: December 31, 2020

Guest Editors

Dr. Apurba Dev (Leading guest editor) Department of Electrical Engineering, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. E-mail: apurba.dev@angstrom.uu.se

Assoc. Prof. Ilya Sychugov Department of Applied Physics, Royal Institute of Technology – KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. E-mail: ilyas@kth.se

Prof. Jan Linnros Department of Applied Physics, Royal Institute of Technology – KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. E-mail: linnros@kth.se

Responsible T-NANO Senior EditorProf. Osamu Tabata

2019 Outstanding NTC Chapter Award Goes to the Inaugural Chapter

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

by Nick Massetti, NTC Chapters Chair

The San Francisco Bay Area Nanotechnology Council Chapter was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Chapter Award for the third time since 2014. The chapter was formed in 2005 as the inaugural chapter of an IEEE Council rather than an IEEE Society. Since then, the chapter has hosted a continuing string of monthly events comprising single speaker lunch time talks, an annual full day symposium of talks in the Spring and an annual half-day symposium in the Fall. Located in a unique global technology center its mission has been mission is to enable nanotechnology engineering by building bridges between industry, academia, and government, through the facilitation of education, networking, & entrepreneurship.  It provides valuable education, networking opportunities, and services through these events helping attendees develop and nurture professional relationships among peer working engineers, scientists, technologists, academics, and entrepreneurs. Most event speakers are recruited from local universities and companies as well as the occasional IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. Event attendance typically includes more non-IEEE members than members representing a broad audience and demographic which strives to fulfill the goal of advancing technology for humanity. The chapter also holds joint activities with other member societies, engages with students and provides a forum for job seekers.

The quality and longevity of the chapter is directly related to a large and active Executive Steering Committee, many of whom were among those chartering the chapter in 2005, by dividing responsibilities among their members to address event logistics, event promotion, speaker acquisition and venue management as examples. New volunteers are continuously added and they assume roles with increasing responsibility and further develop their professional networks.

In keeping with the times events are promoted on its own IEEE Listserv and on social media such as:

 

For full list of current chapters and contacts, click here.

 

How to start your own Chapter
Since this first chapter was formed, NTC has grown to include 29 Chapters worldwide and another 14 Student Chapters. Any member of the IEEE NTC can file a petition to form a chapter online at https://www.ieee.org/communities/forms_petitions.html. The IEEE Petition Team takes care of acquiring supporting signatures from neighboring members of NTC Society Members. The Outstanding Chapter Award winner might provide a useful model. For more information or inquiries of general chapter interest contact Nick Massetti, NTC Chapters Committee Chair, at nickmassetti@ieee.org.

 

Announcing new Chairs of the NTC TC6 and TC8

Monday, May 4th, 2020

The NTC TA are currently developed in 15 TCs, covering almost all scientific areas of interest to the NTC. The role of each NTC TC is to serve as a focal point for research in a specific area. The actions undertaken by each NTC TC are developed by its Members under the leadership of Chair/Co-Chairs. Each NTC TC is created for a 4-year term and can be renewed by the NTC AdCom after a progress report and evaluation. Recently the Chairs of two of the NTC TCs have been reformed. For a full list of NTC’s 2020 Technical Committee, click here.

It is our pleasure to announce the new Chairs of the NTC TC6 Nanoelectronics, Malgorzata Chrzanowska-Jeske, and the NTC TC8 Nanomaterials, Dominique Baillargeat. On behalf of the NTC TAC, I would like to thank them for taking these responsibilities and wish them a very successful leadership.

TC6 – Nanoelectronics
Malgorzata Chrzanowska-Jeske
Malgorzata Chrzanowska-Jeske is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the VLSI & Emerging Technology Design Automation Laboratory at Portland State University. From 2004 to 2010 she was Chair of the ECE department at PSU, which she joined in 1989. She holds M.S. degree in electronics engineering from Politechnika Warszawska Warsaw, Poland, and the PhD degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

Her research interests include CAD for VLSI ICs, MS-SOCs, 3D ICs, nanotechnology and nano/bio systems, design for manufacturability and design issues in emerging and renewable technologies. She has presented tutorials, keynote and invited talks at various international conferences and events. She has published more than 150 technical papers and serves as a panelist and reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF), and as a reviewer for National Research Council Canada (NRC) and many international journals and conferences. Her research has been supported by the NSF and industry.

Dr. Chrzanowska-Jeske has served in various roles on the Technical, Steering, and Organizing Committees of many international conferences and workshops, as Associate Editor for TCAS II, Senior Editor, Associate Editor and Guest Editor of various international journals. Currently, she serves as Vice President for Finances of the IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) and on Editorial Board of Nano Express, IOP Publishing. She served as IEEE NTC Vice President for Technical Activities and on BoG of IEEE CASS. She was a chair and a founding-member of Women in CAS Society, WiCAS. She presented keynote, plenary and tutorial lectures at various international conferences. She received 2008 Donald O. Pederson Best Paper Award in IEEE TCAD and the Best Paper Award for the best IEEE Transaction paper in Alabama Section in 1990 She is a Life Senior Member of IEEE.

TC8 – Nanomaterials
Dominique Baillargeat
Dominique BAILLARGEAT (52) is Senior Member IEEE and was IEEE Nanotechnology Council Distinguished Lecturer in 2018 and 2019. He is Professor at the University of Limoges (France). Since September 2019, he is appointed as Scientific Executive Director of the CNRS@CREATE Ltd, in the framework of the Campus for Research And Technological Enterprise (CREATE) of the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Singapore. CNRS@CREATE Ltd, which is CNRS’ first overseas subsidiary, will work with Singapore’s universities, research institutions, and CREATE’s international partners to conduct research and application of technologies in areas that are relevant to Singapore’s social and economic needs.

From September 2013 to August 2019 he was the Director of XLIM a joint research institute of 460 members of CNRS and University of Limoges. He was also the Director of the Lab of Excellence
SIGMA_LIM, a 8 years project, on innovative materials, technologies and software architectures dedicated to the future smart and highly integrated communication systems. From September 2009 to August 2013 he was the Director of the research laboratory CINTRA in Singapore, a joint lab. between the CNRS, NTU and Thales. The vision of this framework is to develop nanotechnologies for electronics.

D Baillargeat has done lot of research activities on the design of passive RF devices and on innovative packaging solutions for 3D heterogeneous integration. His research work is in the following areas: (1) EM modelling and design of RF components and modules, (2) 2D/3D additive manufacturing processes (3) nano-modelling and nano-characterization techniques for assisting the development of carbon-based devices (solutions for RF nanopackaging (interconnect), RF components, sensors, etc.) Prof D Baillargeat have been involved in many projects (past and present) either as XLIM scientific responsible or collaborator through fundings from the French Research Agency, European Community, ESA, CNES or with industrial partners (Thales, EADS etc..). He has been the advisor of 33 graduated PhD  students. D Baillargeat co-authored more than 80 articles in international journals and books, and 200 communications in international conferences.

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).

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