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IEEE Journal on Exploratory Solid-State Computational Devices and Circuits – Special Topic

Saturday, March 11th, 2023

IEEE Journal on Exploratory Solid-State Computational Devices and Circuits

Special Topic on “Physics-based modeling and simulation of materials, devices and circuits of beyond-CMOS logic and memory technologies for energy efficient computing.”


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Aims and Scope
Standard Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) technology and its advanced flavors in the form of FinFETs have propelled the electronic industry to its extraordinary success. While the CMOS technology may continue to deliver its remarkably powerful performance to next-generation computing platforms, it is quite clear that in the longer term, it has major challenges in scaling, suffers from power consumption and power density limitations and may not be amenable to the new demands of the emerging applications. This will require beyond-CMOS technologies to step in and augment CMOS. Whether it is the design of energy efficient scalable switches for logic design, or non-volatile memory, or the integration of memory and logic functionalities for general-purpose computers and application-specific accelerators, the need for the application of quantum materials to realize these new microelectronic devices has surged.


IEEE XCDC – Special Topic on Spintronic Devices for Energy Efficient Computing

Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

A call for papers is now open for the IEEE Journal on Exploratory Solid-State Computational Devices and Circuits (JXCDC) special topic on “Spintronic Devices for Energy Efficient Computing”

Submission Deadline: September 5th, 2022

Aims and Scope

The inherent properties of ferromagnetic materials operating at room temperature and at the nanoscale coupled with various aspects of spin physics offer abundant possibilities and functionalities for developing novel computing and memory devices and their integration. The fundamental advantage of spintronic devices over the semiconductor-based switch is its projected ultra-low operation energy through different switching mechanisms. As an example, the interplay of ferroelectric effect (charge) and ferromagnetic effect (spin) can lead to the energy efficient switching. Meanwhile, the extremely efficient charge-to-spin conversion has become promising through the integration of recently discovered topological effects (topology and chirality) and ferromagnetic effect (spin). One of the key challenges for spintronic devices, the operation speed, has been well addressed recently through the usage of antiferromagnetic materials and the application of spin-orbit-torque switching mechanism and its interplay with other switching mechanisms.

The most apparent features of spintronic devices are their non-volatility and superior endurance behavior, where spin-based devices outperform other nonvolatile devices for designing computing blocks, nonvolatile processors, logic-in-memory arrays, hyper-dimensional computing. This will enable the energy-efficient computing systems of the future.

The intrinsic multi-functionalities of spintronic devices have generated many “unexpected computing devices and architectures” in the past decade. One example is the proposal and demonstration of the usage of magnetic tunnel junctions for computing using memory, stochastic computing and probabilistic computing.

This special topic of the IEEE JXCDC will publish original recent research centered around spintronic logic and memory devices for energy efficient computing, covering the research topics from new spintronic physics, new spintronic materials, to novel spintronic devices, to spintronic circuits and spintronic computing systems.


Second University at Buffalo-IEEE Nano-Symposium

Monday, July 25th, 2022

The 2nd UB-IEEE Nano-Symposium will be held on September 21-23, 2022, at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

The Symposium is chaired by Prof. Huamin Li (Department of Electrical Engineering) and sponsored by IEEE EDS Buffalo Chapter (Chair: Prof. Vasili Perebeinos), IEEE Buffalo Section (Chair: Padma Kasthurirangan), Department of Electrical Engineering (Chair: Prof. Jonathan Bird) and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Dean: Prof. Kemper Lewis) at the University at Buffalo.

Especially, a special session is organized on September 21 to celebrate “the 75th anniversary of the transistor”, in which a series of invited talks will review the transistor technology in different perspectives, including nanomaterials in transistors (Prof. Aaron Franklin, Duke University), two-dimensional transistors (Prof. Xiangfeng Duan, University of California, Los Angeles), tunnel transistors (Prof. Alan Seabaugh, University of Notre Dame), flexible transistors (Prof. John Rogers, Northwestern University), neuromorphic memtransistors (Prof. Mark Hersam, Northwestern University), and power transistors (Prof. Grace Xing, Cornell University).

For information on participation contact:

Huamin Li, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical Engineering
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Phone: (716) 645-1026


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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

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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.


$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:

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.



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.



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.



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