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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.

IEEE NAP-2020: Call for Abstract/Paper Submission – DEADLINE EXTENDED

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
Website: IEEE NAP-2020


Taking into account multiple requests, the deadline for abstract/paper submission for the 2020 IEEE International Conference on “Nanomaterials: Applications & Properties” (NAP-2020) was extended till Sept. 14th!


The conference is co-sponsored and co-organized by the IEEE Nanotechnology Council and Sumy State University and will be held in virtual format on Nov. 9-13, 2020. All NAP conferences traditionally cover a broad spectrum of “nano-related” topics with emphasis on the interdisciplinarity and practical applications. Please do not delay and upload your contribution ASAP.
Few important reminders:
– The conference “all virtual” format (in zoom) will feature Plenary, Keynote, Invited and Regular talks as well as e-Posters. The instructions will be emailed later. Invited speaker nominations are not accepted anymore.
– Good quality and original manuscripts, related to the scope of the conference and presented at NAP-2020 will be recommended for publication (after peer review process) in the IEEE Xplore. All our past conference proceedings published with IEEE Xplore were indexed by Scopus and Web of Science. Please (!) read carefully the instructions on our website. The papers that ignore provided guidelines or do not use the required template will be rejected, regardless of their content.
– During the conference, we will organize a best presentation award competition, find more here and prepare to compete!
– As for the covered topics, registration fees and any other details, once again please refer to our website.
– To stay up to date,- find and follow our pages at FB and LinkedIn.
– Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at your earliest convenience.
We already received over hundred contributions and are preparing for a great scientific conference.
Join us on Nov. 9-13, 2020!


Sincerely, with kind regards,
Organizing Committee of the 2020 IEEE International Conference on “Nanomaterials: Applications & Properties”.


Call for Council Volunteers

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) is soliciting nominations for the vacant positions listed below.

Please send all applications or nominations with a brief (1-2 page) biography focused on qualifications for the position to James Morris by 30 September 2020.


Industrial Advisory Committee Chair
“The IAC fosters the development and promotion of industry relations activities and programs for the NTC. These activities include developing contacts with industry, identifying interests, organizing industrial panels, or recruiting industry exhibits at NTC conferences ….” (NTC ByLaws.) The IAC has been inactive, so the Chair will have the opportunity to recruit members as specified in the NTC ByLaws.

Standards Committee Chair
The NTC is responsible for the development and coordination of [Nanotechnology] standards project(s) including their maintenance after their approval as standard(s) by the IEEE-SA Standards Board. The Committee shall organize the development of standards; oversee compliance with the Policy; and submit proposed documents approved by the Committee (with supporting documentation) for appropriate review and approval by the SASB.” (NTC ByLaws.) The Committee’s composition is defined in the NTC ByLaws.

Chapters & Regional Activities Chair
“This Committee establishes and maintains communications with NTC chapters, IEEE Regions and Sections and student organizations.” (NTC ByLaws.) It works with Educational Activities to communicate the availability of Distinguished Lecturers for chapter and regional activities.

Regional Chapter Activities Coordinator (Region 9)
The R9 Chapter Activities Coordinator is responsible for the establishment of chapters in Region 9 (Central & South America) and for their continuing activities, communications, collaborations with other chapters, etc., and is a member of the Chapters & Regional Activities Committee.

Two Regional Chapter Activities Coordinators (Region 10)
The R10 Chapter Activities Coordinators are responsible for the establishment of chapters in Region 10 and for their continuing activities, communications, collaborations with other chapters, etc., and are members of the Chapters & Regional Activities Committee. One position is focused on India with the other responsible for the rest of R10 (China, Japan, Taiwan, SE Asia, Australasia.).

TryNANO Editor-in-Chief
The TryNANO Editor-in-Chief will be responsible for the content of the NTC’s educational website when it goes live later this year, including the maintenance of existing content, its expansion to include new developments in the field, the recruitment of new contributors, etc. The TryNANO EiC will be a member of the Educational Activities Committee.


Nominations are due 30 September 2020

The nomination form can be found here. Please send all applications or nominations with a brief (1-2 page) biography focused on qualifications for the position to James Morris by 30 September 2020.



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

Call for Nominations Editor-in-Chief – IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics

Friday, July 31st, 2020

The IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics (JPV) is a peer-reviewed, archival publication reporting original and significant research results that advance the field of photovoltaics (PV). The PV field is diverse in its science base ranging from semiconductor and PV device physics to optics and the materials sciences. The journal publishes articles that connect this science base to PV science and technology. The intent is to publish original research results that are of primary interest to the photovoltaic specialist.

The scope of the IEEE J. Photovoltaics incorporates: fundamentals and new concepts of PV conversion, including those based on nanostructured materials, low-dimensional physics, multiple charge generation, up/down converters, thermophotovoltaics, hot-carrier effects, plasmonics, metamorphic materials, luminescent concentrators, and rectennas; Si-based PV, including new cell designs, crystalline and non-crystalline Si, passivation, characterization and Si crystal growth; polycrystalline, amorphous and crystalline thin-film solar cell materials, including PV structures and solar cells based on II-VI, chalcopyrite, Si and other thin film absorbers; III-V PV materials, heterostructures, multijunction devices and concentrator PV; optics for light trapping, reflection control and concentration; organic PV including polymer, hybrid and dye sensitized solar cells; space PV including cell materials and PV devices, defects and reliability, environmental effects and protective materials; PV modeling and characterization methods; and other aspects of PV, including modules, power conditioning, inverters, balance-of-systems components, monitoring, analyses and simulations, and supporting PV module standards and measurements.