IEEE Nanotechnology Council
Advancing Nanotech for Humanity

Distinguished Lecturers 2018

IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) Distinguished Lectures for 2018

Talks by NTC Distinguished Lecturers can be requested by: IEEE student branches;  NTC or member Society Chapters; NTC and member Society Conferences; conferences of other IEEE Societies not members of the NTC for major plenary/keynote (based on availability of funding). Please contact the presenter directly to arrange for a presentation.


Husam Alshareef
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Distinguished Lecturer Talk Titles:

  1. Oxide Semiconductors for Transparent Electronics
  2. Nanoelectronic Materials & Devices
  3. Nanostructured Electrodes for Energy Storage Applications
  4. Supercapacitors/Microsupercapacitors

Synopsis: Indium-Free Fully Transparent Electronics Deposited Entirely by Atomic Layer Deposition
The field of transparent electronics based on metal oxide conductors and semiconductors has attracted much attention recently, because it is expected that fabrication of fully transparent devices will not only enable higher performance displays, but will also usher in a new era of transparent electronics and sensors. However, the limited work on fully transparent circuits has almost exclusively relied on indium tin oxide (ITO), indium doped zinc oxide (IZO) or other indium-containing oxides. It is well-known that indium supplies have been a constant concern for the display and touch screen industries, thus it is necessary to demonstrate high-performance fully transparent TFTs using alternative transparent oxides. In light of the above facts, we demonstrate robust processes for fully-transparent electronics fabrication with the following features: (1) A unique multilayer semiconductor channel composed of alternating layers of hafnium oxide (HfO2) and zinc oxide (ZnO), which gives significant improvement in the electrical stability of our devices; (2) entirely indium-free transistors (gate, SD, channel, dielectric are all indium-free); (3) all-oxide, truly fully-transparent devices and circuits (no metals, only transparent oxide conductors and semiconductors); (4) single deposition technique (ALD) for all materials, which means uniform and conformal deposition is possible on both planar and three-dimensional device architectures; (5) maximum process temperature of 160°C which allowed us to demonstrate the process on both rigid glass and flexible substrates. A variety of circuits including inverters, rectifiers, and ring oscillators are demonstrated using this technology.


Dominique Baillargeat
University of Limoges, France

Distinguished Lecturer Talk Title: 3D Radio-Frequency to millimeter wave heterogeneous system integration: Emerging nanotechnology for RF nanopackaging, the link between nanoscopic and macroscopic worlds?

Whether for niche applications (military, space, medical) or for high volume applications (portable devices, entertainment, automobile) the design of RF subsystems requires balancing packaging choices to meet demanding customer targets of cost, size and high performance.

In this context, numerous efforts have recently focused on heterogeneous 3D integration of components to subsystems for future RF to mmW applications. However major challenges remain and as a response, RF nanotechnology offer new opportunities. It enables new nanomaterials with unique RF properties due to their small dimensions and good transport properties for more efficient interconnects, EM shielding and thermal management.

The talk will start by introducing the future trends in RF to mmW electronics, highlighting limitations and opportunities that nanomaterials with associated nanotechnologies and additive manufacturing processes (such 3D printing) can help to overcome and take advantage of respectively.  The focus will be on what is actually done and will be done to pave the way for better 3D integration.

The talk will cover the latest developments of highly multidisciplinary approaches in

  • RF/thermal-mechanical simulations at nanoscale
  • intensive research investigations focused on carbon nanotubes, nanowires, graphene or other 2D materials
  • innovative RF nanopackaging approaches

A review of the state of the art will be given during the entire talk, in order to provide examples of tangible results.


Sasitharan Balasubramaniam
Dept. of Electronic and Communication Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, Finland;
Telecommunication Software and Systems Group (TSSG), Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland

Distinguished Lecturer Talk Titles:

  1. Wireless Optogenetics Nano Communications and Networking
  2. Engineering Bacterial Molecular Communication Systems
  3. Calcium-signaling based Molecular Communication Systems


Samir Iqbal
Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering, Professor, School of Medicine
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley USA

Distinguished Lecturer Talk Titles:

  1. Nanotextured Microfluidic Substrates to Interface Living Systems;
  2. Cancer Nanotechnology;
  3. Nanotextured Materials for Selective Biosensing


Xiaoning Jiang
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695 USA

Distinguished Lecturer Talk Title: Nanoacoustics: Materials, Devices and Applications

Research involving acoustics-associated nanomaterials, nanostructures, nanofabrication and devices for a broad range of applications has been actively pursued over the past decade or so. In this talk, reviews are firstly given to the nanoacoustics areas including: interactions of acoustic waves with nano materials including nanoparticles, nano-bubbles, gas vesicles, nanodroplets; nano-materials and nanostructures for photoacoustics and laser ultarsound; acoustic sensors and devices involving nanomaterials, and the associated applications in drug delivery, therapy, imaging, characterization, and manufacturing. Laser ultrasound transducers consisting of a layer of carbon nanomaterials and a layer of thermal elastic material are next reported as an example of nano-acoustic devices. Design, fabrication and characterization of laser ultrasound transducers are presented, followed by the demonstration of drug delivery and industrial non-destructive testing using these laser ultrasound transducers. Future trend of nano-acoustics research and nano-acoustics applications will also be discussed at the end of this talk.


Jin-Woo Kim
Univ. of Arkansas, USA

Distinguished Lecturer Talk Title: Engineering Programmable Nanoscale Building Blocks for Epitaxial Self-Assembly of Advanced Materials

Epitaxial assembly of multiple molecular/nanoscale particles (NPs) into multifunctional structures with arbitrary sizes and shapes has the potential to transform many fields of research, ranging from optoelectronics and nanophotonics to nanomedicine. Self-assembly has emerged as a powerful and practical strategy for controlled synthesis of such multifunctional, hierarchical NP structures. Despite the promise and recent progress, the accurate, scalable, and high-rate epitaxial assembly of heterogeneous nanocomponents into multifunctional nanostructures with “customized” shapes and sizes still remains a challenge. Our research group focuses on a transformative research to develop a nano-building block toolbox (“nanotoolbox”) for “programmable and customizable” self-assembly of bio-hybrid multifunctional nanostructures. This is accomplished with our novel technology that enables controls over the number and geometric configurations of functional ligands, including DNA, RNA and peptides, on various NPs. This presentation will discuss the fundamental challenges to epitaxial self-organization of NP nanoarchitectures, and present our strategies to realize the control and functionality necessary to overcome the challenges. Also, it will discuss the future directions for research in the field and their promise in applications through examples such as multifunctional and multimodal contrast nanoagents for advanced nanotheranostics that could catalyze a paradigm shift in medicine.


Larry Nagahara
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

Distinguished Lecturer Talk Title: Convergence of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Perspectives in Oncology: Innovative Ways to Fight Cancer

For more than 45 years, the U.S. government declared a “war on cancer” and committed to investing in laboratory and clinical research in order to understand the causes of cancer and thereby aid its diagnosis, treatment, and cure. Despite enormous advances and important improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of many cancers, the “war” has in significant ways progressed less than originally hoped. The complexity of the disease is evident in the dynamic and evolving course the disease takes during its progression and response treatment. Harnessing the power of nanotechnology could lead to a paradigm shift in the way we understand and ultimately and treat cancer. Novel and multi-functional nanodevices capable of detecting cancer at its earliest stages, pinpointing its location within the body, delivering anticancer drugs specifically to malignant cells, and determining if these drugs are effective is a vision shared by many scientists, engineers and clinical researchers. Recently, in-vivo nanobiosensors are able to detect tumors and metastatic lesions that are far smaller than those detectable using current, conventional technologies. Functionalized nanoparticles have delivered promising multiple therapeutic agents to tumor sites in order to simultaneously attack multiple points in the pathways involved in cancer. This lecture will describe in details some of the advances achieved these past several years and the challenges that nanotechnology faces for eliminating cancer.


Xiao Wei Sun
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, College of Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, 1088 Xue-Yuan Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong 518055, China

Distinguished Lecturer Talk Title: Colloidal Quantum Dots for Energy-Saving Quality Displays and Lighting


John T.W. Yeow
Univ. of Waterloo, Canada

Distinguished Lecturer Talk Title: Nanodevices for Biomedical Instruments

The emergence of minimally invasive diagnostics and therapeutics in modern high-tech medicine has generated an unmet demand in miniaturized biomedical devices. There exist a definite need for clinical diagnostic and treatment instruments that are based on micro and nanotechnologies. In the past decade, micromachining technology and nanomaterials are making big impacts in many fields, especially in the field of biomedical engineering. The small size and low mass provided by micro/nanodevices make medical instruments portable, power efficient, and, in many cases, more effective. This talk will focus on the current development of the state-of-the-art miniaturized X-ray CT machines, endoscopic imaging devices, MEM-based confocal microscope and nanosensors.

The talk will also include an introduction of the IEEE Nanotechnology Magazine. Part of the effort is to promote the magazine to students.


[updated 25-Aug-18]