IEEE Nanotechnology Council
Advancing Nanotech for Humanity

Distinguished Lecturers 2019

IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) Distinguished Lectures for 2019

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.


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.


Jr-Hau He
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Distinguished Lecturer Talk Title: Toward Highly Efficient Solar Water Splitting: A Concurrent Electrical, Optical, and Catalytic Design



Energy crisis is a broad and complex global topic. Natural resources such as gas and oil are in limited in supply. Development towards renewable resources is one of the most important technologies in the world. Currently, photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting devices under the irradiation of sunlight have received much attention for the production of renewable hydrogen from water. Solar energy conversion and storage through photoelectrolysis of water using semiconductors as both light absorber and energy converter to store solar energy in simple chemical bond, H2, become highly desirable approaches to solving the energy shortage challenge.

We focus on the effort to develop an efficient Si-based PEC water splitting device. We introduce the surface textured Si heterojunction PEC cell consisting of ultrathin amorphous Si/crystalline Si as efficient and robust photoelectrodes. The solar to hydrogen conversion efficiency has been improved to 13.26%, which is the highest ever reported for Si-based photocathodes. Later on, we design the cascading energy band structure in Si via doping for facilitating carrier separation and novel electrode structures for 360° light harvesting for hydrogen generation with ultrahigh current densities of 61.2 mAcm-2. The cells have been further demonstrated with excellent hydrogen production rate. In addition, our method can significantly improve the stability of Si-based solar cells in water to sustain up to 300 hr. These multifunctional designs provide the potential for the future development in the renewable energy market.


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 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.


Chenzhong Li
National Science Foundation, Alexandria, VA, USA
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Distinguished Lecturer Talk Title(s):

  1. Biomedical Devices for Nano-Theranostics
  2. Bioelectronic and Biosensors-From Cell on a Chip to Point of Care Testings
  3. NanoBiosensing Research-Challenges, Opportunities, and Perspectives From USA National Science Foundations

Abstract: Biomedical Devices for Nano-Theranostics

Bioelectronics is referred to as an integration of biomolecules and electronics devices that combines theranostics with diagnostics and therapeutics, aiming to monitor the response to treatment, which would be a key part of precision medicine. The unique electronic, optical and catalytic properties of engineered nanoparticles pave the way to new applications particular in medicine and electronic industrials. On the other hand, various biomolecules exhibit the unique biological properties such as biorecognition, self-assembly properties. In my lab, we are integrating the physical and chemical properties of nanomaterials and the biological properties of biomolecules with MEMS/NEMS technology and analytical systems to develop highly sensitive miniaturized devices for biomedical sensing and noninvasive medical therapy. The lecture will outline our recent research activities for the fundamental study of physical and electrical properties of biomolecules such as cells, as well as the development of a new generation of micro/nano electronic devices. Several newly developed whole cell based devices will be introduced including: 1) rapid nanotoxicity assay using electronic cell impedance sensing system; 2). Neuron devices for monitoring single neuron cell and neuron tissue biological functions; 3) Electrical manipulation of cancer cell for noninvasive treatment of cancer cells.


Seiji Samukawa
Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

Distinguished Lecturer Talk Title: Creating Green Nanostructures and Nanomaterials for Advanced Energy Nanodevices



Securing safe and cheap energy and using it effectively is a serious problem for modern society. As a solution to this, we are performing research on innovative green nanodevices. We are currently developing energy generation and storage devices, low-power-consumption devices, multifunctional nano-devices and nano-energy systems that use these devices. Manufacturing these nanodevices needs to be done precisely without damaging the nanostructures and by deriving the intrinsic characteristics of the nanomaterials and nanostructures. For the first time, such devices are made possible through the mastery of our unique intelligent nano-processes such as a super-low-damage neutral beam processes, pulsed plasma processes, and ultimate processing utilizing biotechnology.

In this lecture, we focus on bio-template and neutral beam etching fusion top-down process to realize nanoscale structures. The optical, electrical, spintronics and phononic characteristics have been already demonstrated in nanoscale structures. Our fabricated nanostructure can precisely control the transport of electron, hole, spin and phonon by diameter, height, gap and interlayer materials of the nanostructure respectively. Now, based on these results, we are trying to develop Quantum Nanostructure (QN) solar cells, QN thermo-electric conversion elements, QN Laser/LED, QN spin devices and so on.


Subramanian Sankaranarayanan
Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL USA

Distinguished Lecturer Talk Title: Bridging the electronic, atomistic and mesoscopic scales in materials modeling using machine learning



Recent advances in machine learning (ML) and data science algorithms, along with high performance computing (HPC) capabilities, present unique opportunities to address cutting edge problems in material science. In parallel, modern supercomputers together with the availability of highly scalable atomistic simulation codes have begun to revolutionize the modeling and computational analyses of materials. Molecular dynamics (MD) is one such powerful technique, which has a broad user base. There are various flavors of MD from the highly accurate ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) to semi-empirical atomistic MD to more computational efficient coarse-grained (CG) models. There is still a substantial gap between AIMD, which are computationally intractable for large systems, and those based on classical force fields (atomistic and CG) that rely on pre-defined functional form for inter/intra atomic/bead interactions, which inherently limits their ability to capture physics for complex interfaces. This talk will focus on our machine-learning framework that bridges this gap by combining the accuracy and flexibility of electronic structure calculations with the speed of classical potentials. This framework enables accurate prediction of inter-atomic forces and thereby allow high fidelity dynamical and statistical simulations of reactive interfaces, properties and functionalities of new hybrid materials, as well as pathways and mechanisms of their operando synthesis and assembly.


Prof. Ved Ram Singh
National Physical Laboratory (NPL), New Delhi, India

Distinguished Lecturer Talk Title(s):
1: Nano-sensor technology with IoT
2: Advanced nanosensors and systems for u-health care
3: Nano-Cancer Technology: New Diagnostic and Therapeutic Devices


Abstract: Nano-sensor technology with IoT

The interconnection of nanosensors and nanodevices with Internet has led to development of next generation developments based on Internet of things, IoT. Nanotechnology sensors with IoT are providing new solutions in various fields. A nanosensor is an improvement in sensor technology, which is based on recent advances in nanotechnology, such as nanowires, nanotubes and nanopores. The paper includes the recent application of nanosensor technology in the oil & gas industries, agriculture, space explorations and healthcare. The focus of the paper is to review the recent trends and challenges for the use of nanosensor with IoT. The paper gives a review of the significant contribution of worldwide research agencies focused on nanosensor with IoT.

In the paper, advanced nano-sensors, bio-devices and biomedical systems are discussed for ubiquitous health care applications. Point-of care.(POC) devices and bio-chips based sensors are described with design and fabrication aspects and their quick bedside applications. Design and development of nano-bio- sensors and biomedical instrumentation systems are presented for environmental control for better health care. Case studies of cancer nano-technology and telehealth care of patients, particularly old age people living in isolated remote areas, are given. In addition, various applications of nanosensor in oil & gas industries, space and agriculture will be discussed.


Dmitri Strukov
ECE Department, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Distinguished Lecturer Talk Title: Recent Results and Future Prospects for Mixed-Signal Neuromorphic Inference Accelerators



Recent advances in dense, continuous-state nonvolatile memories have enabled extremely fast, compact, and energy-efficient analog and mixed-signal circuits. Such circuits are perfectly suited, in particular, for hardware implementations of the inference operation in advanced neuromorphic networks, which requires massive amounts of dot-product operations with low-to-medium precision. In my talk, I will first review typical implementations of such mixed-signal circuits. I then describe some recent experimental demonstrations of prototype mixed-signal neuromorphic networks by our team, in particular, a mixed-signal inference accelerator with unprecedented speed and energy efficiency. The talk will be concluded by outlining some urgently needed work, in particular the development of high-performance general-purpose inference accelerators, and discussing our preliminary results in this direction.


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




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