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Announcing New Chair of the NTC Spintronics Technical Committee (TC5)

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

The NTC Technical Activities 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 the Chair/Co-Chairs. Each NTC TC is established for a 4-year term and can be renewed by the NTC AdCom after a progress report and evaluation. Recently new 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 Chair of the NTC TC5 Spintronics, Pramey Upadhyaya. On behalf of the NTC TAC, I would like to thank him for taking this responsibility and wish him a very successful leadership.

Pramey Upadhyaya is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Purdue University. Before joining Purdue, Pramey was a postdoctoral scholar in the Physics and Astronomy Department, University of California Los Angeles, working under the mentorship of Prof. Yaroslav Tserkovnyak. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, in 2009, and the master’s and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering department from the University of California Los Angeles, USA, in 2011 and 2015, respectively. During his Ph.D., he was a resident theorist in the experimental group (Device Research Laboratory) led by Prof. Kang Wang. His research has explored the theory of classical and quantum spintronic phenomenon and their device applications, enabled by electrical and thermal control of magnetism. Along with his teammates, this work has resulted in one of the earliest demonstrations of current-induced room-temperature skyrmion manipulations, spin torque switching by topological surface states and NV-center probing of spin-caloritronics. These works have resulted in over 30 publications in journals including Science, Physical Review Letters, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials and Nature Communications. He is a recipient of NSF CAREER (2020), Qualcomm Innovation fellowship (2013) and Intel summer fellowship (2011).

Kremena Makasheva
VP for Technical Activities


Special Region 9 Webinar Announcement:

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council is pleased to announce a Special Region 9 Webinar. Details below:

Special Region 9 Webinar Announcement:
Central & South America & the Caribbean
19th November, 2020 at 2:00-4:00pm GMT
Mexico (GMT-6): 8:00-10:00am
Bogota, Quito, Lima (GMT-5): 9:00-11:00am
La Paz (GMT-4): 10:00am-12:00pm
Buenos Aires, Santiago (GMT-3): 11:00am-1:00pm

Webinar is FREE, but registration is required. Register before 19 November at:

14:00 GMT – Welcome to the Webinar & Introduction to the IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) (Camilo Tellez Villamizar, Region 9 NTC Chapters Coordinator)
14:15 – GMT Introduction to the Speaker (Lorena Garcia, R9 Technical Actvities Chair)
14:20 – GMT Webinar Presentation (Juliana Jaramillo-Fernandez)
15:20 – GMT Q&A via WebEx Chat (Juliana Jaramillo-Fernandez)
15:30 – GMT Chapter Development (Camilo Tellez Villamizar & James Morris, NTC President)


Introduction to Nanotechnology
Juliana Jaramillo-Fernandez
Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2),
CSIC and BIST, Campus UAB, Edifici ICN2, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain

Al inicio del siglo XX, la física moderna empezó a revelar tímidamente las muy diferentes propiedades que la materia exhibía cuando sus dimensiones características disminuían a la escala de los átomos. Esta fue la semilla que décadas después permitió el nacimiento de la nanotecnología.  Esta rama del conocimiento está determinada por una colaboración intima entre ciencia, ingeniería y tecnología en constante evolución.

Los más recientes avances en nanotecnología han permitido la fabricación de materiales y dispositivos con longitudes características que pueden acercarse a unos pocos nanómetros. Estos nuevos materiales nanoestructurados son cada vez más importantes en nuestras vidas, debido a las propiedades inusuales que exhiben en el reino de lo nano. Algunos ejemplos incluyen las nanopartículas, los nanopilares, los puntos cuánticos, las películas delgadas, los nanotubos los nanocompuestos, entre otros. Estos materiales abarcan un gran número de aplicaciones en diversos campos, incluyendo la energía fotovoltaica, que tiene como objetivo convertir la luz solar en electricidad, o la termoeléctrica que transforma la energía térmica de un gradiente de temperatura en energía eléctrica. Estas nuevas tecnologías se presentan como una solución muy atractiva a los crecientes problemas ambientales y limitaciones de recursos energéticos. En esta webinar, recorreremos los principales aspectos de la nanotecnología, exploraremos los avances más recientes y discutiremos las aplicaciones tecnológicas, científicas y comerciales emergentes.

Dr. Juliana Jaramillo Fernandez is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND PSPHERE- postdoctoral fellow at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Barcelona, Spain. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. She obtained her PhD from CENTRALESUPÉLEC (France) in 2015 with a thesis on Thermal Nanosciences and M.Sc in Materials Science at Université de Limoges (France) in 2011. The same year, Juliana got her Bachelor degree in Engineering Physics at EAFIT University in Colombia. Currently, she is using her expertise on micro and nanoscale heat transfer to develop sustainable thermal management solutions that can significantly reduce the current high energy footprint of modern thermoregulation technologies. She is developing new passive systems that only make use of non-toxic materials, while developing further understanding on thermal energy transport via surface phonon polaritons. Her research focuses on phonon engineering, heat transfer in semiconductor nanostructures, tailoring physical properties of low-dimensional materials and controlling thermal transport within nanostructures. Earlier this year, she was conferred the Best Postdoc Paper Award 2018-2019, on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Sciences at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology for her work on thermofunctional materials for radiative cooling. Moreover, she was honored with The Collider Tech award in 2019 by the Mobile World Capital BCN, a prize for research projects selected to create disruptive tech start-ups.

See future announcements for English/Portuguese translations for Brazil/Trinidad & Tobago.


2021 Presidential Appointments 

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

At its 6 November meeting, the Nanotechnology Council ratified the following Presidential appointments:

Standards Committee Chair:
Tyler L. Jaynes, Albany Medical College

Industrial Advisory Committee Chair:
Valentyn Novosad, Argonne National Laboratory

Regional Activities & Chapters Committee Chair:
Lan Fu, Australian National University

Regional Chapter Coordinators:
(joining R8: Attila Bonyar)
R1-R7: Vasuda Bhatia, San Jose State University
R9: Camilo Tellez Villamizar, Universidad Catolica de Colombia
R10 (India): Brajesh Kumar Kaushik, IIT-Roorkee
R10 (other): Zhiming Wang, UESTC, Chengdu

IEEE NMDC 2020 Program and Registration

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

NMDC 2020 – Free for all!


We are pleased to invite you to attend 2020 IEEE Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference (NMDC), which is to be held online during Oct. 26-27, 2020.

This online conference will run with virtual session rooms and facilities for online presentation and discussion, through which the attendees will have similar experience to the one-site conference.

View the Program at a Glance.

For more information and to register, click here.

Important Dates
Conference Dates: October 26-27, 2020
Registration Deadline: October 23, 2020

Click the link below or scan the QR code for Registration:




Special Election Result – VP Publications 2021

Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

The Nanotechnology Council is pleased to announce the winner of the special election for VP Publications was Supriyo Bandyopadhyay.

Supriyo Bandyopadhyay is Commonwealth Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University where he directs the Quantum Device Laboratory. His research has been featured in multiple magazines (Business Week, EE Times), journals (Nanotechnology, Nature), internet blogs, TV (CBS), radio (NPR) and many other forums. Prof. Bandyopadhyay is the author/co-author of over 400 research publications and three text books. He was named “Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist” by Governor Terrence McAuliffe in 2016 and won the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award in 2018. He was given the “University Award of Excellence” in 2017; it is the highest award given by his university to one faculty member in a given year. Dr. Bandyopadhyay received numerous other awards and is this year’s winner of the IEEE Nanotechnology Pioneer Award. He is a Fellow of IEEE, American Physical Society, Institute of Physics, the Electrochemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

His emphasis will be to dramatically increase the impact factors of all NTC journals,

  • By inviting topical reviews from leaders in the field. Associate editors will submit proposals for topical reviews and identify/persuade the most eminent contributors to contribute topical reviews.
  • Editors in Chief of ALL NTC journals will attend all NTC conferences and showcase their journals by giving a talk about them and be present for questions and answers.
  • Adopt a non-traditional approach of publishing “roadmap” or “perspective” type articles (invited and contributed) which tend to attract more citations since they appeal to a broader audience.
  • Associate editors will be asked to “filter” submissions.
  • Reduce the time between submission to final decision by expanding the reviewer pool.
  • Promote the journal in under-represented areas – eastern Europe and Eurasia, Africa, Latin America and Asia. Appoint associate editors from these areas.
  • Promote gender equity and geographical diversity among associate editors.

Please congratulate Prof. Bandyopadhyay on his election as VP Publications.

Nanopackaging Technology Highlights at Recent ECTC & IEEE NANO 2020

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

Article by P M Raj, Florida International University, Miami, Nanotechnology Technical Committee Chair

The primary mission of Nanopackaging TC is to promote nanotechnologies to packaging community and accelerate their adoption by disseminating the knowledge through conferences, webinars, industry-academia interactions, IEEE web portals, newsletters and other means. The final goal is to create synergistic research ecosystems to solve the technical barriers and enable future electronics. The recent conferences, IEEE NANO and ECTC brought several key advances in nanopackagingt to limelight. This newsletter highlights those advances and also provides details about upcoming IEEE NMDC 2021 and upcoming IEEE International Electronics Week in Europe. Read more here.

TNANO Special Section on the 20th IEEE NANO 2020

Friday, October 9th, 2020

The IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO) seeks original manuscripts for a Special Section on: “20th IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO 2020)”

Submission deadline: January 31, 2021

The nanotechnology revolution is founded upon the understanding of phenomena occurring at the nanoscale and the ability to fabricate and manipulate nanomaterials and nanodevices for practical applications. 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 20th IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO 2020) widely available, in expanded form and in one publication, IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO) is extending a Call for Papers for a Special Issue reflecting the scope of the conference. Submitted manuscripts will undergo a full peer review process. Submissions are welcome, and all interested NANO 2020 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.

(more…) Resource Site

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

We are excited to announce the new and improved TryNano website. offers broad and updated resources for those interested in exploring or participating in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) supports this initiative and maintains these resources to encourage professionals, students, and others to be informed about the latest research, trends, and educational opportunities.

We are working continuously in making the TryNano website an important tool in our community. Now that Phase 1 of the website redesign has been deployed, we are working diligently on Phase 2. Feel free to send us your feedback by contacting the VP Education, John Yeow.


Call for 2021 Distinguished Lecturers

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

DL Nominations are due 15 October 2020

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The IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) is seeking nominations for distinguished lecturers. Nominations are due 15 October 2020. 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 1 January until 31 December of 2021. The Lecturers serve for a one year term and may be reappointed for one additional year with the approval of the NTC Distinguished Lecturer Committee. A budget will be provided to each Lecturer to give lectures for NTC Chapters and NTC Conferences based on the 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.

Candidates for DLs may be nominated by any current IEEE member, using the IEEE NTC Distinguished Lecturer Nomination Form. Self-nomination is not accepted. Endorsements are not required but are recommended.

The selection of distinguished lectures will be made by the Distinguished Lecturer Committee, a subcommittee of the Education Committee chaired by the VP Educational Activities, and approved by the NTC ExCom.

Please submit the nomination by midnight (US Pacific Time) on 15 October 2020, via email to the VP Educational Activities, John Yeow, or online using the form found on the website.

Call for Award Nominations 2020

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Award Nominations are due 1 October 2020

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The IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) is soliciting nominations for its Council Awards. To view the full detailed listing of each award please visit the Awards page.

Nominations are due on 1 October 2020. 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 contact the Awards Committee Chair, Alexander Balandin.

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.

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.

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.