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TNANO Article in focus: July 2016

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

From the July 2016 issue of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology

Effect of a Clock System on Bis-Ferrocene Molecular QCA

by Ruiyu Wang, Azzurra Pulimeno, Massimo Ruo Roch, Giovanna Turvani, Gianluca Piccinini, Mariagrazia Graziano
T-NANO, Vol. 15, Issue 4, pp. 574 – 582, July 2016.


Abstract: Molecular quantum-dot cellular automata (mQCA) is found to be the most promising among all emerging technologies. It is expected to show remarkable operating frequencies (THz), high device densities, noncryogenic working temperature, and reduced power consumption. The computation relies on a new paradigm based on the interaction between nearby molecular QCA cells. This computation requires the aid of an external signal normally referred to as clock that enables/inhibits the molecular activity. The influence of clock on realistic molecules has never been deeply studied. In this paper, we performed a thorough analysis of the clock signal added to the molecular QCA cell based on an ad hoc synthesized bisferrocene molecule. Ab-initio simulations and further postprocessing of data have been used for characterizing the performance of bisferrocene molecule under the influence of a clock signal. Quantitative results on the molecule in terms of newly defined figures of merits, i.e., aggregated charge , equivalent voltage, and Vin-Vout transcharacteristic have been shown. Meanwhile, we demonstrate when and how much the presence of clock signal enhances or hinders the interactions between QCA molecules. These unprecedented data give a fundamental improvement to the knowledge on how information can be propagated through QCA devices. The results suggest directions to chemists, technologists, and engineers on how to proceed in the next steps for this promising technology.


Special Issue on Revolutionary 3-D Integration

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Special Issue on Revolutionary 3-D Integration and Design for Next Generation Computing

IEEE Transaction on Nanotechnology (TNANO) seeks original research manuscripts for a Special Issue on Revolutionary 3-D Integration and Design for Next Generation Computing.

Background and Scope


As the scaling limitations of 2-D ICs are becoming more apparent, 3-D integration at nanoscale is emerging as an attractive alternative to continue IC scaling in the future. Driven by the benefits of less stringent lithographic dependence, multi-scale nature with reduced interconnections, higher packing density and smaller footprints, 3-D ICs promise to revolutionize the semiconductor and computing industries and enable unique new applications. Promising 3-D IC directions include nanoscale monolithic and fine-grained 3-D CMOS and beyond CMOS 3-D approaches, as well as heterogeneous technologies that are multi-scale in nature, with potentially orders of magnitude improved efficiencies. 3-D IC research often involves cross-disciplinary explorations at multiple scales, combining new technologies for manufacturing and devices with unique integration/design concepts. Targeting the broad device, circuit, and architecture, as well as nanotechnology research communities, this special issue seeks papers on innovative new concepts for such 3-D ICs. High-risk high-reward type of ideas, rethinking 3-D integration, and associated circuits and architectures, will be preferred to incremental research. Applications that are enabled by or show potential for significant benefits from 3-D integration are also welcome. Review papers presenting a broad overview of emerging 3-D technologies can be similarly submitted.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • 3-D IC integration and 3-D fabrics enabled by emerging nanotechnology.
  • 3-D memory and logic technologies.
  • 3-D routability.
  • 3-D circuit design exploration with CMOS and beyond CMOS directions.
  • 3-D circuit architectural exploration with CMOS and beyond CMOS directions.
  • Unconventional computing paradigms such as neuromorphic, probabilistic, sparse data and others, enabled by 3-D integration.
  • Gate and transistor-level monolithic 3-D CMOS directions.
  • Multi-scale, mixed-signal heterogeneous 3-D integrations.
  • 3-D design methodologies including thermal management.
  • New applications enabled by or significantly benefitting from 3-D integration.
  • Experimental proof-of- concept prototyping for small-scale demonstrations as well as scalable 3-D nanomanufacturing approaches. Directions may include multi-level epitaxial growth, wafer thinning, wafer bonding, and wafer alignment techniques, as well as others.

Submission Format


The submitted papers must be written in English and describe original research which is not published nor currently under review by other journals or conferences. Extended conference papers should contain at least 50% new material and will pass through the normal review process. Author guidelines for preparation of manuscript can be found at the IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology website (

Submission Guidelines


All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through the TNANO Manuscript Central ( On submission, authors must select the “Special Issue” manuscript type instead of “Regular Paper”, and state in the cover letter that the paper is for the special issue on “Revolutionary 3-D Integration and Design for Next Generation Computing,’’ and select Csaba Moritz as the Preferred Editor.

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission: August 1, 2016 through December 1, 2016 (UPDATED)
  • Paper Submission: August 1, 2016 through January 14, 2017
  • Reviews Completed: March 1, 2017
  • Major Revisions Due (if Needed): April 1, 2017
  • Minor Revisions Due (if Needed): June 1, 2017
  • Notification of Final Acceptance: August 1, 2017
  • Final Manuscript Due: Sept 1, 2017
  • Tentative Publication Date: Late 2017

Guest Editors


Please address all other correspondence regarding this Special Issue to the Guest Editors using the following email-ID:

Csaba Andras Moritz
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director Nanofabrics Laboratory
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, USA

Sung-Kyu Lim
Dan Fielder Professor
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0250, USA

Kangwook Lee,
Professor, New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe)
Deputy Director, Global INTegration Initiative (GINTI)
Tohoku University, Japan

Deepak Nayak
Distinguished MTS Global Foundries (3D Integration)

Mostafizur Rahman
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO, USA
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