IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology
IEEE
June 21st, 2017

IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO) is pleased to announce a new 2016 impact factor (IF) of 2.485*! This represents 46% increase from the 2015 IF, upholding the TNANO’s status as one of the leading peer-reviewed journals in the field of nanotechnology. The official journal of IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC), TNANO publishes a collection of peer-reviewed articles and short reports (i.e., letters) of original research and perspectives and reviews and mini-reviews on emerging topics. TNANO offers rapid peer-review and can publish an accepted article online through IEEE Xplore as soon as it is submitted in final form. Web-published papers have DOI (Digital Object Identifier), and are fully citable and downloadable. Make sure your manuscript has the impact and gets the attention it deserves by submitting your article to TNANO today.

*2016 Journal Citation Reports published by Clarivate Analytics, 2017

June 17th, 2017

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 (http://sites.ieee.org/tnano/author-info/), and submit your paper to ScholarOne ManuscriptsTM at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tnano, 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
(Email: lee2270@purdue.edu)

June 15th, 2017

Article in Focus from the May 2017 issue of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology

 

Crossbar-Based Memristive Logic-in-Memory Architecture

by Georgios Papandroulidakis ; Ioannis Vourkas ; Angel Abusleme ; Georgios Ch. Sirakoulis ; Antonio Rubio
T-NANO, Vol. 16, Issue 3, pp. 491 – 501, May 2017.
 

Abstract: The use of memristors and resistive random access memory (ReRAM) technology to perform logic computations, has drawn considerable attention from researchers in recent years. However, the topological aspects of the underlying ReRAM architecture and its organization have received less attention, as the focus has mainly been on device-specific properties for functionally complete logic gates through conditional switching in ReRAM circuits. A careful investigation and optimization of the target geometry is thus highly desirable for the implementation of logic-in-memory architectures. In this paper, we propose a crossbar-based in-memory parallel processing system in which, through the heterogeneity of the resistive cross-point devices, we achieve local information processing in a state-of-the-art ReRAM crossbar architecture with vertical group-accessed transistors as cross-point selector devices. We primarily focus on the array organization, information storage, and processing flow, while proposing a novel geometry for the cross-point selection lines to mitigate current sneak-paths during an arbitrary number of possible parallel logic computations. We prove the proper functioning and potential capabilities of the proposed architecture through SPICE-level circuit simulations of half-adder and sum-of-products logic functions. We compare certain features of the proposed logic-in-memory approach with another work of the literature, and present an analysis of circuit resources, integration density, and logic computation parallelism.
 

May 29th, 2017

Thematic Issue: “Letters: Micro/Nanosystems Mechanobiology”

The “Letters” in IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO) will devote a themed issue “Micro/Nanosystems Mechanobiology” to a collection of papers highlighting research and technology development in micro/nano-engineered systems for mechanobiology. The capabilities of cells to sense and respond to biomechanical cues in the cell microenvironment, including matrix stiffness, topography, fluidic flow, external forces, etc., play critical roles in various physiological and pathological processes. The understanding of the mechanosensing mechanisms at the cellular and molecular levels requires the development of novel micro- and nano-scale systems to interact with mechanosensing machineries in cells. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:
 

  • Micro/nanofabricated devices for cell/molecular mechanics
  • Biochips and bio-MEMS
  • Microfluidics
  • Surface nanotopography
  • Molecular sensors for force measurement
  • Cell-matrix interactions
  • Engineered tumor microenvironment
  • Cell adhesion, migration, and contraction
  • Cell membrane mechanics
  • Cell-nanoparticles interactions
  • Constitutive and computational modeling of cells and biomolecules

 

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: Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems”. 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: July 31, 2017
Anticipated publication: September 2017

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

Yubing Sun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
(Email: ybsun@umass.edu)

Deok-Ho Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, University of Washington-Seattle
(Email: deokho@uw.edu)

Pak Kin Wong, Ph.D.
Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Penn State University
(Email: pxw28@psu.edu)

May 22nd, 2017

Thematic Issue: “Letters: Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems”

The “Letters” in IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO) will devote a themed issue “Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems” to a collection of papers highlighting research and technology development in the field of M/NEMS, micro/nano-fluidics, molecular sensors and actuators, nano-biotechnology, nanomaterials, molecular engineering, and nano/bio photonics. IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) sponsored the 12th Annual IEEE International Conference on Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems (IEEE-NEMS 2017) held on April 9 – April 12, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, USA to promote advanced research and development activities in MEMS, nanotechnology, and molecular systems. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

    M/NEMS
    Micro/Nano Fluidics
    Biochips and Bio-MEMS
    Micro/Nano/Molecular Fabrication
    Molecular Sensors, Actuators, and Systems
    Nanomaterials
    Nanomaterial Based Devices and Systems
    Micro/Nano Mechanics and Nanoscale Robotics
    Nano/Bio Photonics
    Nanobiotechnology

Submissions are solicited from conference participants and other 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 (http://sites.ieee.org/tnano/author-info/), and submit your paper to ScholarOne Manuscripts at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tnano, indicating in the cover letter that you wish the paper to be considered for the Special Issue “Letters: Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems”. 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 IEEE NEMS 2017 conference papers.

Submission deadline: July 31, 2017
Anticipated publication: September 2017

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

Wen J. Li, Ph.D.
Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering
City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR
Email: wenjli@cityu.edu.hk

April 12th, 2017

From the January 2017 issue of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology

Negative Capacitance for Boosting Tunnel FET performance

by Masaharu Kobayashi ; Kyungmin Jang ; Nozomu Ueyama ; Toshiro Hiramoto
T-NANO, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 253 – 258, January 2017.

 

Abstract: We have proposed and investigated a super steep subthreshold slope transistor by introducing negative capacitance of a ferroelectric HfO2 gate insulator to a vertical tunnel FET for energy efficient computing. The channel structure and gate insulator are systematically designed to maximize the Ion/Ioff ratio. The simulation study reveals that the electric field at the tunnel junction can be effectively enhanced by potential amplification due to the negative capacitance. The enhanced electric field increases the band-to-band tunneling rate and Ion/Ioff ratio, which results in 10x higher energy efficiency than in tunnel FET.
 


April 4th, 2017

Special Section/Issue on the First International Conference on Memristive Materials, Devices & Systems

IEEE Transaction on Nanotechnology (TNANO) seeks original research manuscripts for a Special Section/Issue on the First International Conference on Memristive Materials, Devices & Systems

Background and Scope

 

Extensive research on Memristor technologies, materials and devices has unveiled many interesting and promising applications in (nano)-electronics, bio and neuro-engineering, signal processing, sensors and beyond. Encouraged by the success of the First (1 st ) International Conference on Memristive Materials, Devices & Systems (MEMRISYS), IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO) will consider extended versions of papers presented at MEMRISYS 2017. Submitted manuscripts will undergo a full peer review process. Authors are kindly requested to expand significantly the conference version to contain substantial new technical materials due to the restriction in duplicated publications and the competitive acceptance process.
Manuscripts for TNANO must be submitted on-line using the IEEE TNANO manuscript template and via the IEEE Manuscript Central found at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tnano. On submission to TNANO, authors should select the “Special Issue” manuscript type instead of “Regular Paper.” The authors should consider that manuscripts must focus on nanotechnology as reflected by technical contents and references.

Important Dates

  • Manuscript Submission: July 31, 2017
  • First decision to authors: September 30, 2017
  • Revision due (if necessary): October 30, 2017
  • Final notification (acceptance/rejection): November 30, 2017
  • Final manuscripts due: December 31, 2017
  • Special section publication: Early 2018

Guest Editors

 

Please address all other correspondence regarding this Special Issue to the Guest Editors:

Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon (University of Utah, USA) pierre-emmanuel.gaillardon@utah.edu

Christo Papavassiliou (Imperial College London, UK) c.papavas@imperial.ac.uk

Themis Prodromakis (University of Southampton, UK)/ T.Prodromakis@soton.ac.uk

Georgios Ch. Sirakoulis (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece) gsirak@ee.duth.gr

Qiangfei Xia (University of Massachusetts, USA) qxia@ecs.umass.edu

The guest editors can be contacted at memrisys2017@gmail.com
The Call for Papers is available here


March 16th, 2017

From the January 2017 issue of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology

Mechanical Properties Tunability of Three-Dimensional Polymeric Structures in Two-Photon Lithography

by Enrico Domenico Lemma; Francesco Rizzi; Tommaso Dattoma; Barbara Spagnolo; Leonardo Sileo; Antonio Qualtieri; Massimo De Vittorio; Ferruccio Pisanello
T-NANO, Vol. 16, Issue 1, pp. 23 – 31, January 2017.

 
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Abstract: Two-photon (2P) lithography shows great potential for the fabrication of three-dimensional (3-D) micro- and nanomechanical elements, for applications ranging from microelectromechanical systems to tissue engineering, by virtue of its high resolution (<;100 nm) and biocompatibility of the photosensitive resists. However, there is a considerable lack of quantitative data on mechanical properties of materials for 2P lithography and of structures obtained through this technique. In this paper, we combined static and dynamic mechanical analysis on purpose-designed microstructures (microbending of pillar-like structures and picometer-sensitive laser Doppler vibrometry of drum-like structures) to viably and nondestructively estimate Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio, and density of materials for 2P lithography. This allowed us to analyze several polymeric photoresists, including acrylates and epoxy-based materials. The experiments reveal that the 2P exposure power is a key parameter to define the stiffness of the realized structures, with hyperelasticity clearly observable for high-power polymerization. In the linear elastic regime, some of the investigated materials are characterized by a quasi-linear dependence of Young's modulus on the used exposure power, a yet unknown behavior that adds a new degree of freedom to engineer complex 3-D micro- and nanomechanical elements.
 


December 22nd, 2016

From the November 2016 issue of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology

Continuous Fabrication of Multiscale Compound Eyes Arrays With Antireflection and Hydrophobic Properties

by Linfa Peng; Chengpeng Zhang; Hao Wu; Peiyun Yi; Xinmin Lai; Jun Ni
T-NANO, Vol. 15, Issue 6, pp. 971 – 976, November 2016.

 
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Images of the multi-scale compound eyes arrays: (a) low magnification image of multi-scale compound eyes arrays, (b) close-up image of the single microlens and its surroundings, (c) AFM image of the ordered array of tapered pillars.

Abstract: The multiscale hierarchical structures inspired by moth’s compound eyes offer multifunctional properties in optoelectronic devices. However, it is still a major challenge to fabricate these hierarchical structures on large-area substrates using a simple and cost-effective technique. The roll-to-roll ultraviolet nanoimprint lithography (R2R UV-NIL) technique provides a solution for the continuous fabrication of multiscale compound eyes arrays due to its high-speed, large-area, high-resolution, and high-throughput. In this paper, the R2R UV-NIL technique was used to fabricate the multiscale compound eyes arrays on the PET substrate. The mold used in the R2R UV-NIL process was acquired by anodic aluminum oxide process and then the multiscale compound eyes arrays were directly obtained via one-step R2R imprinting. The obtained multiscale compound eyes arrays exhibit excellent antireflective performance within the wavelength 400-800 nm. Besides, the compound eyes arrays also equip the surface of the microlens with excellent hydrophobic characteristics. These multifunctional properties enable the multiscale compound eyes arrays to retain their superior optical properties in real-time environmental conditions. This report can provide a beneficial direction for the continuous production and widespread applications of the multiscale compound eyes arrays.
 


October 19th, 2016

From the September 2016 issue of IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology

Halloysite Clay Nanotubes as Carriers for Curcumin: Characterization and Application

by Chiara Dionisi ; Nemany Hanafy ; Concetta Nobile ; Maria Luisa De Giorgi ; Ross Rinaldi ; Sergio Casciaro ; Yuri M. Lvov ; Stefano Leporatti
T-NANO, Vol. 15, Issue 5, pp. 720 – 724, September 2016.

 
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Abstract: Halloysite is a nanostructured clay mineral with hollow tubular structure, which has recently found an important role as delivery system for drugs or other active molecules. One of these is curcumin, main constituent in the rhizome of the plant Curcuma Longa, with a series of useful pharmacological activities, hindered by its poor bioavalaibility and solubility in water. In this study, Halloysite clay nanotubes (HNTs) were characterized in terms of both structure and biocompatibility and they were used for curcumin delivery to cancer cells. The performed 3-(4, 5-dimethythiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyl-tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay showed that HNTs have a high biocompatibility, also when coated with polymers, while curcumin is highly toxic for cancer cells. The release kinetics of curcumin from HNTs was investigated by the dialysis bag method, showing a slow and constant release of the drug, which can be further controlled by adding layers of polyelectrolytes to the external surface of the tubes. Successful polymer coating was followed by Zeta potential. The Trypan Blue assay showed a cytotoxic effect of loaded HNTs, proportional to the concentration of tubes and the incubation time. Successful HNTs uptake by breast cancer cells was demonstrated by Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy images. All results indicate that HNTs are a promising carriers for polyphenol delivery and release.