IEEE Nanotechnology Council
Advancing Nanotech for Humanity
February 12th, 2016


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NTC officers, members, conference/workshop organizers are invited to join it and post relevant information.

4.1 Open website in which only authorized members are allowed to post articles:

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September 19th, 2017

Congrats on the successful event on the 2017 IEEE Summer School on Nanoelectronics that took place at Laboratoire d’Analyse et d’Architecture des Systems (LAAS-CNRS), Toulouse, France on July 10-14 and organized by IRT Saint Exupery and Laplace Laboratory to promote interdisciplinary understanding of Space, Aeronautical, Defence, Nuclear, Transport, Automotive and Telecommunication Systems based on disruptive Nanotechnologies. Industrial, commercial, and government endeavors are focused on developing and pulling off high performance and low consumption systems based on nanoscale products operating under harsh environment and on disruptive GaN (gallium nitride) & DSM (deep sub-micron) technologies.

IRT offered the opportunity of a series of annual event and this Summer School in Toulouse area, supported by IEEE Nanotechnology Council, is specially designed for Ph.D. students, Post-Docs and young engineers in electronic equipment design and manufacturing, academics, military, defense and industry personnel. Seventeen top-level professors, experts, academics and scientists from the Belgium, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, USA, and France, offered 4 days’ lectures to about 30 multinational graduate students and postdocs participating in the summer school.

A glimpse at the event:

The Summer School was chaired by Dr Alain Bensoussan, IEEE Senior Member, IRT Saint Exupery, Toulouse and Dr Kremena Makasheva, IEEE Member, LAPLACE – University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France. Dr Marise Bafleur, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France.

(right to left): Dr. Kremena Makasheva (Laplace Laboratory), Ariel Sirat (Director IRT Saint Exupery), Prof. Gilbert Casamata (President IRT Saint Exupery), Prof. James E. Morris (Portland State University), Dr. A. Bensoussan (IRT Saint Exupery). (right to left)

A group of 2 Summer Schools met at Cité de l’Espace tour.

Thanks to the organizers Dr. Kremena Makasheva and Dr. Alain Bensoussan for the wonderful event.

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September 16th, 2017

In a pioneering effort to control, measure and understand magnetism at the atomic level, researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have discovered a new method for manipulating the nanoscale properties of magnetic materials. The ability to control these properties has potential applications in creating and improving the magnetic memory in consumer electronic devices and developing a sensitive detector for magnetic nanoparticles. The discovery focuses on a quantum-mechanical property known as spin, which endows electrons with a tiny magnetic field. Electron spin can point in either of two directions, “up” or “down,” as does the accompanying magnetic field. Over the years, scientists have become adept at flipping the direction of spin, and therefore, the direction of the magnetic field. But the new finding has a novel twist.

In some materials, such as cobalt, the spins of neighboring electrons interact, causing them to all point in the same direction. If some of the spins are forced away from that direction, they pull some of the nearby spins with them. This causes the spins to undergo a gradual twist—clockwise or counterclockwise. In some materials, the spins prefer to twist in only one direction. A team led by NIST researcher Samuel Stavis and Andrew Balk, now at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, found a way to control the direction of this twist in a film of cobalt just three atomic layers thick. Moreover, they could set this direction to be different at different locations on the same film of cobalt, and do so independently from other magnetic properties of the metal.

The team achieved this new capability by controlling an effect known as the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (DMI), which imposes a preferred twist direction on spins. The DMI typically occurs at the boundary between a thin film of a magnetic metal and a nonmagnetic metal layer. The electron spins in the magnetic film interact with atoms in the nonmagnetic film, creating a preferential twist. Controlling the DMI can boost magnetic memory, which uses the orientation of spin to store information. A memory device needs two distinct states, representing either a one or a zero—in the case of a magnetic hard drive, electrons with spin pointing up or down. To write data, designers need a predictable way to flip from one spin orientation to the other. Controlling the direction and amount of twist could allow the spin-flip to happen more efficiently and reliably than if the twist were random, Balk notes.

Controlling the DMI also plays a key role in another type of magnetic memory. If the DMI is strong enough, it will twist neighboring spins into a circular vortex pattern, and could potentially create exotic magnetic knots called skyrmions. These particle-like knots can store information, and their existence or absence in a magnetic thin film could act much like the ones and zeros of electronic logic circuits. By regulating the DMI, researchers can create skyrmions, which would require less power to operate than other types of magnetic memory, and should be able to guide their motion through a magnetic material.

The researchers describe their work in Physical Review Letters.

In their experiment, the researchers sandwiched a thin film of cobalt between two layers of platinum, a nonmagnetic metal. They then bombarded the trilayer with argon ions, which blasted away the top platinum film and roughened the top boundary between platinum and cobalt, depending on the ion energy. The scientists discovered that when they used argon ions with higher energy, the DMI was negative, twisting the spins of the cobalt counterclockwise, and when they used argon ions with lower energy, the DMI was positive, and would twist the spins in the clockwise direction. When exposed to argon ions of intermediate energy, the DMI was zero, making it equally likely that spins would twist clockwise or counterclockwise.

The researchers made their discovery while tuning the magnetic properties of a cobalt film to develop a sensor for magnetic nanoparticles. In doing so, the team realized it had found a new way to manipulate the DMI. Because argon ions with different energies could be aimed at specific regions within the cobalt, the researchers were able to fabricate cobalt films whose DMI varied across the surface of the material. “Six decades after Dzyaloshinskii and Moriya discovered this interaction, our new process to control it spatially, independently from other magnetic properties, will allow new scientific studies of the DMI and enable fabrication of new nanomagnetic devices,” Balk said.

Finally, the scientists found that controlling the DMI did indeed make the film more sensitive to magnetic fields from nanoparticles. At a later date, the team plans to publish work on applying the film as a nanoparticle sensor for users of the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, where the work was performed. Several members of the collaboration are also affiliated with the Maryland NanoCenter at the University of Maryland.

Source: NIST – News

Paper: A.L. Balk, K-W. Kim, D.T. Pierce, M.D. Stiles, J. Unguris and S.M. Stavis. Simultaneous control of the Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction and magnetic anisotropy in nanomagnetic trilayers. Phys. Rev. Lett. Published 17 August 2017. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.077205


September 11th, 2017

IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC)

Conferences and Events Update

September 2017


  • Announcing IEEE NRIS Workshop Sept. 21-24
  • Announcing MARSS 2018 Conference
  • Reminder IEEE NTC Conference Host Proposals due 15-Oct
  • Reminder IEEE NTC 2018 Summer School Proposals due 30-Sep
  • Reminder IEEE NTC Awards Nominations due 15-Oct
  • 2017 Conferences Listing

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September 8th, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Program Committee, we are glad to inform you that the following topical lectures will be offered on September 22 and 23 during the IEEE International Workshop on Nanotechnology for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (IEEE-NRIS 2017), which will be held at the Northeastern University at Qinhuangdao, in Hebei, China, from September 21-24, 2017:

  • Light-controlled Cellular Surgery
  • Industrial Robotics at Nanoscale
  • Physical Human-Robot Interaction and Its Application to Assistive Robot Systems
  • Screening of Affinity Reagents on Integrated Microfluidic Systems and Their Applications for Fast Diagnosis
  • Multidimensional Cellular Analysis from 1D to 3DEnabled by Robotic Micro/Nano Manipulation
  • Nanoparticle Film Sensors for ElectronicsPackaging Reliability
  • Bridging Biological Neural System and Machine
  • Programmable Molecular/Nanoscale Building Blocks and Development Strategies for Real-Time, in Vivo Molecular/Nano Sensors
  • Spherical Robot Based on a Holonomic Mobile Platform

We now encourage students and researchers interested in Nanotechnology, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems, especially in the cross-disciplinary research between these fields to register and attend the workshop.  Detailed registration information can be found at the workshop website:

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August 22nd, 2017

IEEE has revised and updated their information for authors pages and created the IEEE Author Center.

The IEEE Author Center is a standalone site for journal authors that provides a one-stop shop to learn about publishing with IEEE.  This comprehensive source of up-to-date content is written from the author’s perspective in simple, engaging language and is easily viewed in mobile.  The content is organized to follow the author’s path through the publishing process, from writing the article through to post-publication.

The IEEE Author Center will replace existing content on as of 31-Aug-17.

IEEE Author Center Common Pages


August 14th, 2017

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) elected new officers at its Annual Meeting held July 25 in Pittsburgh in conjunction with its 2017 International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO).

Representatives of the twenty-two IEEE Societies who are Council members gather annually to conduct Council business and elect officers. This year two positions were up for election: Vice-President for Technical Activities 2018-19 and Vice-President for Publications for 2018-19.

Michel Frechette of the Hydro-Québec (Canada)Research Institute (IREQ) and Associate Professor at École de technologie Supérieure (ETS) in Montreal was elected as Vice-President for Technical Activities.

Frechette has been active in research for the last 40 years, practicing an applied basic approach at IREQ and collaborating with various international bodies and universities. For numerous years, he has been an Associate Professor at École de technologie Supérieure (ETS) in Montreal. For the past 10 years, his major scientific contributions were to the field of nanodielectrics and high-voltage applications.


Prof. Jin-Woo Kim, Director of the Bio/Nano Technology Group in the Institute for Nanoscience & Engineering at the University of Arkansas, USA was elected as Vice-President for Publications.

Kim is past editor-in-chief of ENANO and is a long time member of the Conference Steering Committee for the IEEE International Conference on Nano/Molecular Medicine and Engineering (IEEE-NANOMED).

Both positions are effective as of January 1, 2018.


August 14th, 2017

Mid-summer, August 2017


Reminder: Call for Nominations – 2018 IEEE Nanotechnology Distinguished Lecturers
Reminder – Call for Proposals for Future IEEE NTC Sponsored Conference Sites
Request for proposals for the 2018 IEEE Summer School on Nanotechnology
IEEE Nanotechnology Council’s 2017 Award Ceremony
Call for 2018 Awards Nominations
Upcoming Conferences

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August 14th, 2017


Request for proposals for the 2018 IEEE Summer School on Nanotechnology

Download the full RFP here.


The IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) is requesting proposals for its Third Summer School in 2018.

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August 13th, 2017

The IEEE Nanotechnology Council 2017 Awards Ceremony was held in conjunction with the IEEE NANO 2017 banquet in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA) on July 27.

The Pioneer Award in Nanotechnology recipient was Paras N. Prasad, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Physics, Medicine and Electrical Engineering, at the University at Buffalo (NY). The Early Career Award in Nanotechnology recipient was Professor Duygu Kuzum of the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. The Distinguished Service Award recipient was Dominic Massetti of OmniVision Technologies, Inc., Seal Beach, CA.

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July 18th, 2017

Thematic Issue of The “Letters” in IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO): Biomedical Micro/Nano-Devices

The “Letters” in IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO) will devote a themed issue “Biomedical Micro/Nano-Devices” to a collection of papers highlighting research and technology development in micro/nano-engineered devices for broad ranges of biomedical applications. Recent development of micro/nano-technologies enables an emerging class of devices, which provide advanced capabilities not only to sense and/or stimulate living cells and tissues but also to deliver various bio-agents at their length scale. These platforms also open a new possibility to explore the interfacial interactions between micro/nano-materials and biology in a minimally invasive manner, which otherwise cannot be achievable by exploiting conventional bulk materials systems. The topics of interests in this special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced fabrication methods for micro/nano-scale biomedical devices
  • Micro/nano-scale recording and stimulation at cellular and/or tissue level
  • Micro/nano-scale force measurements of cell adhesion, migration, and contraction.
  • Minimally invasive intracellular and intratissue access and targeting by micro/nano-devices
  • Wearable biomedical devices enabled by micro/nano-materials and designs.
  • Mechanically soft and flexible micro/nano-devices for bio-integration.
  • Biochips and bio-MEMS


Submissions are solicited from researchers in the field for short reports of original research and perspectives and mini-reviews on emerging topics for this themed issue. Papers submitted to the “Letters” are limited to a maximum of 4 journal pages in the two-column IEEE format, which includes figures, tables, and references. Manuscripts will be subject to the same competitive and constructive peer-review criteria of TNANO with no article publishing charges.

The “Letters” in TNANO serves as forum for rapid publication of high-quality articles – featuring the topics of great current interest in all areas of nanotechnology. The submission to publication time is expected to be approximately six weeks. Accepted papers are published on the web in IEEE Xplore as soon as they are submitted in final form. Web-published papers have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), and are fully citable and downloadable.

Follow the guideline (, and submit your paper to ScholarOne ManuscriptsTM at, indicating in the cover letter that you wish the paper to be considered for the Special Issue “Letters: Biomedical Micro/Nano-Devices”. Note that the submitted article cannot be a verbatim copy of a published conference article and your manuscript must contain at least 30% new results when compared with conference papers.

Submission deadline: August 31, 2017
Anticipated publication: October 2017

Please address all other correspondence regarding this special issue to the Guest Editors:

Chi Hwan Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University