Science of Nanoscale Systems and their Device Applications
Science of Nanoscale Systems and their Device Applications
NSEC Events Calendar




January 6-8, 2008
Frontiers in Nanoscale Science and Technology Workshop
Pharmazentrum Hall 1, U Basel
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January 6-8, 2008
MPA-2008: 2nd International Meeting on Develpoments in Materials, Processes and Applications of Nanotechnology
Robinson College, University of Cambridge (UK)
send us your Abstract Submitted papers will be reviewed for publication in the International Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN).
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January 24, 2008
Innovation and Technology: Nanoscience is Big
House of Sweden, Washington DC
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January 29-30, 2008
Joint Symposium on Molecular Nanosystems
Rapid progress in the field of "molecular assembly systems" and "supramolecular chemistry" has provided an opportunity to design and synthesize special "molecular assemblies" with ordered structures and functions. This symposium will focus on the current status of work in molecular materials and nano-systems and the prospects for future research. Participants will be researchers from the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) at UCLA and from the Global COE at Kyushu University drawn from multiple disciplines including biology, medicine, chemistry and bioengineering.
Poster sessions with oral descriptions will be given by PhD students from both institutions.
The Symposium will conclude with a special panel discussion on the challenges of creating research collaborations between universities and corporations
Auditorium of California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)
University of Californai, Los Angeles

Februray 5, 2008
NRI e-Workshop: presented by NRI's new partner the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and consists of four parts, each 20 minutes in length:
Nanoelectronics at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
presented by David Seiler, Chief, Semiconductor Electronics Division
Test Structures to Enable Emerging Nanoelectronics
presented by Curt A. Richter, Semiconductor Electronics Division
Spin Transfer Effects in Magnetic Nanostructures
presented by William Rippard, Stephen Russek, Ranko Heindl, Thomas Silva, Electromagnetics Division and Matthew Pufall, Denver University
Speed Bumps in Graphene
presented by Joseph A. Stroscio, NIST Fellow, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology

To participate in this e-Workshop, please register on-line at
All 2008 NRI e-Workshop will be presented via Adobe Acrobat Connect and an integrated phone bridge (new this year). To participate, all you need is a computer (Mac or PC with Flash 7 installed) with internet connection and a phone line. Multiple sites may participate from each company.

February 6-9, 2008
The Frontiers in Microrheology Workshop, CNSI, UCLA
This workshop, sponsored jointly by the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter and the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, will bring together many of the users and developers of microrheological techniques- both theorists and experimentalists to review the principal successes of microrheology, share exciting recent advances, and make plans for carrying this field forward into its second decade. The workshop will provide participants the opportunity to help the microrheology community define and achieve its new goals.

February 18-22, 2008
15th Winterschool on New Developments in Solid State Physics "Mauterndorf 2008"
Kur- und Kongresszentrum Bad Hofgastein, Providence of Salzburg, Austria.
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February 21-22, 2008
WIN Workshop on Ferromagnetic Devices, Circuits and Applications
Planned to be a 1.5 day workshop that will bring together the most renowned scientists from academia and industry working in the space of new ferromagnetic based devices and circuits. The workshop will aim to answer the tough questions of ferromagnetic based devices and circuits such as a) What will spin logic devices look like in 5 years, 10 years and beyond? b) What experiments would be required to demonstrate their function? c) What performance benefits are expected? (power, speed, functionality, and d) How will they be interconnected to perform information processing?
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February 28, 2008
Deadline for Research Experience for Undergraduates Applications
REU is a 10-week summer residential community of undergraduates participating in research affiliated with Harvard Faculty. The Program will run from June 8-August 16, 2008. Students receive a stipend of $3800, a modest travel stipend, and housing at no additional charge.

REU participation is open to any continuing undergraduate student who will not graduate before December 2008. Applicants must be Citizens or Permanent Residents of the United States.

The online application is available at
For more information on past projects and participants, please visit

Questions about the REU may be directed to Dr. Kathryn Hollar at hollar at

Feb. 29-March 1, 2008
Frontiers of Spintronics and Coherent Spin Phenomena in Semiconductors, a Symposium in Honor of Emmanuel Rashba, on the occasion of his 80th birthday
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. 33 Oxford Street, Maxwell Dworkin room G115
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March 7, 2008
Origins of Life: The Earth, the Solar System, and Beyond
Cosponsored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Origins of Life Initiative,
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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March 8-15, 2008
Rencontres de Moriond: Quantum Transport and Nanophysics
The 2008 session will focus on the rapidly developing fields of charge and spin transport in graphene and two-dimensionnal systems, quantum dots, quantum wires, carbon nanotubes, molecules, superconducting and ferromagnetic hybrid structures and dots. Special emphasize will be put on the dynamical properties in relation with quantum-preparation, -manipulation, -coherence and -detection of simple systems.
La Thuile, Italy
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March 18-20, 2008
QWIKI08 Quantum Computing in Waikiki 2008. Honolulu, Hawaii
International Conference on Computational and Experimental Engineering & Sciences that aims to stimulate ideas on practical applications of quantum computers. Physicists, computer scientists, material scientists and computational biologists with an interest in quantum computing are encouraged to attend.

March 26-29, 2008
NCLT 3rd Annual Faculty Workshop for Learning & Teaching in Nanoscale Science
Alabama A&M University in Normal, AL
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March 29-April 6, 2008
Nanodays.The NSF Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network is organizing the first nationwide celebration of nanotechnology in Spring 2008. The NSEC based at Harvard will be hosting several activities during the week. Please check back for updates this spring!
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April 7-11, 2008
International Symposium on Advanced Nanodevices and Nanotechnology (PLMCN8)
Tokyo, Japan
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April 14-17, 2008
INC4: Fourth International Nanotechnology Conference on Communications and Cooperation
Hitotsubashi Hall, in Tokyo, Japan
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April 21-24, 2008
6Th Annual Nanomaerials for Defense Conference. This Year's Topics include:
Nano-Scale Production Challenges, Photonics and Magnetics, Nano-Enabled Multifunctional
Structures & Materials, Nanoscience Around the World, Autonomous Responsive Surfaces Structures
Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Washington National Airport, Arlington, VA
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May 27, 2008
NRI e-Workshop: Phase transitions in oxide thin films and nanostructures
to be presented by Shriram Ramanathan, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences,
Harvard University
4:00 pm ET. To participate in this e-Workshop, please register on-line at:

June 1-5, 2008
NSTI Nanotech 2008, Hynes Convention Center, Boston MA
Abstracts, IP and Ventures due February 1, 2008
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June 3, 2008
Italy's Nanotech: From Nano Research to Real World Applications
Nanotechnology networking dinner reception specifically designed to promote in-depth partnerships and to foster relationships between the Italian and US Nanotech communities. This event aims to stimulate bilateral negotiations between two countries at the same time raise awareness of the current status of the nanotech industry in Italy and its most recent successful accomplishments. In a relaxed atmosphere, representatives from Italy's most prominent nanotech companies, institutions, research centers and universities will be available to foster relationships and to discuss one-on-one. Please review the attached Italian Company profiles. If you are interested in a one-on-one meeting please note your interest in your RSVP.
6:30-9:30 pm, Raytheon Amphitheater, Northeastern University
R.S.V.P. to Carolyn Oakes,

June 3, 2008
Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day
From Ideas to Industry - Creating the next generation of great products and companies from Massachusetts research in life sciences
8:00 am -5:00 pm Sheraton Boston Hotel
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June 22-24, 2008
ISPM: International Scanning Probe Microscopy conference
10th meeting in a continuing series of international meetings featuring research on SPM, Sensors, and Nanostructures. Seattle, Washington
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June 23-24, 2008
2008 Device Research Conference (DRC) UCSB.
The oldest, continuously-running semiconductor conference in the world, and has long been a place where very new device ideas first start being discussed. It is a fairly small conference, with a good mix of university and industry researchers, and it cultivates a very informal atmosphere.
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June 24, 2008
NRI-e-workshop: Nanoelectronics: A matter of quality versus quantity
to be presented by Vwani P. Roychowdhury of the University of California at Los Angeles
4:00 pm EST
To participate in this e-Workshop, please register on-line at

June 27, 2008
7th Annual Symposium: "Nanotechnology and Cancer: The Power of Small Science"
The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) Symposium focuses on cutting edge research that holds new promise for understanding and conquering human disease.
Kresge Auditorium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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July, 2008
Purdue Summer 2008 Programs: Electronics from the Bottom Up
Purdue is offering an educational initiative designed to promote a new approach to electronic devices that is very different from the standard approach of extrapolating the traditional concepts of microelectronics onto the nanoscale. Instead they start with concepts that are sound at the nanoscale and build them up to connect with the familiar concepts of microelectronics at the micro/macro scales. The professors believe that this bottom-up viewpoint will provide engineers with a unique perspective that will make them more effective in exploiting the exciting possibilities afforded by nanoelectronics. NRI believes our members may benefit from attending. Three short courses will be offered: July 14-18: Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics by Supriyo Datta July 21-25: Nanoscale Transistors by Mark Lundstrom (mornings) and Percolative Transport in Electronic Devices by Muhammad Alam (afternoons) Space is limited so register early.
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July 20-25, 2008
ICN+T 2008: The 2008 International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology will be held at the Keystone Resort and Conference Center in Keystone Colorado. The conference will provide an international forum for discussion of the latest developments in nanoscale science and technology and recent advances in scanning probe microscopy and related techniques. This meeting originates from two former international meetings on Scanning Tunneling Microscopy/Spectroscopy and related techniques and Nano. These two conferences were major contributors to developing nanotechnology and the nano revolution in the US and world communities.
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July 24-29, 2008
VC2008NST: Virtual Conference on Nanoscale Science and Technology
The 2008 VC-NST conference will feature 10 technical symposia, to promote discussions and information exchange across the frontiers of research in the area of modern nanostructure development.
A typical face-to-face conference will take place on July 24-29 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA. We appreciate the opportunity to share our beautiful Northwest Arkansas with visiting participants.
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July 29, 2008
NRI e-Workshop: Transport in Graphene Nanoribbons, presented by Debdeep Jena of the Universit yof Notre Dame
Abstract: Graphene has recently captured the imagination and interest of the science and engineering community. This e-Workshop will begin with a 'tutorial' introduction to graphene and its nanostructures. Special importance will be given to the electronic properties (bandstructure, bandgaps, density of states, etc), followed by a detailed discussion of charge transport properties. Transport properties of 2D graphene sheets as well as narrow semiconducting graphene nanoribbons will be discussed. The relative importance of impurity, line-edge roughness, acoustic & optical phonon scattering on low- and high-field transport properties will be highlighted. The effect of these scattering mechanisms on charge mobility and saturation currents in 2D graphene and nanoribbons will be described. The discussion will end with some recent results on the phenomena of Zener tunneling in graphene nanoribbon p-n junctions, and performance projections for GNR-based tunneling FETs (TFETs), and their benchmarking with respect to projected MOSFET performance.
To participate in the workshop, please register online at:

July 28- August 1, 2008
IUMRS-ICEM 2008, International Conference on Electronic Materials
Sydney, Australia
Abstract submissions close February 15, 2008
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August 10-15, 2008
Nanoscience and Engineering Symposia, SPIE Optics and Photonices 2008 Conference
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California
The NanoScience and Engineering International Symposia expects to feature over 700 papers covering the broad interdisciplinary reach needed to exploit the explosive growth of commercial and research opportunities in nanotechnology.
Abstracts due January 28, 2008
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September 9-12, 2008
10th European Conference on Molecular Electronics
Copenhagen, Denmark
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September 11-12, 2008
6th New England International Manufacturing Workshop: Breaking the Barriers to Nanomanufacturing to Enable the Commercialization of Nanotechnology
240 Egan Research Center, Raytheon Amphitheater, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
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September 15-19, 2008
DPG Physics School 2008: Functional Nanostructures
The Physics School on Functional Nanostructures will bring together distinguished scientists from different areas of nanoscience and technology to discuss the state of the art and recent findings in their field of expertise. The School intends to give a broad overview of how far the field of nanoscience has come during the last decades and how physics, chemistry, biology and engineering work together to understand and realize new functionality on the nanoscale. For more information:

October 27, 2008
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study presents Radcliffe Deans Lecture: Barbara Grosz:
Can't You See I'm Busy? Computers That Know When to Interrupt
4:15 p.m. Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street Cambridge MA

October 28, 2008
NRI e-Workshop" Spintronic Devices Based on Spin Filtering"
to be presented by Professor Shan X. Wang of Stanford University
4pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT
via Adobe Acrobat Connect
Abstract: Spin filter, which preferentially pass one spin direction over the other, is a basic building block for spintronic devices such as spin torque random access memory (STRAM) and various spin transistors proposed theoretically. It has been realized that at least two methods are effective in achieving spin filtering at room temperature: tunneling through an magnetic insulator with nonmagnetic electrode, or tunneling through MgO tunnel barrier with an epitaxially matched magnetic electrode. In this seminar, I will first describe the principle, fabrication, characterization, and modeling of spin filtering based on a magnetic insulating barrier. By fabricating Au/CoFe2O4/ MgAl2O4/Fe3O4 junctions, we have demonstrated that magnetic ferrites such as CoFe2O4 can indeed be used as a room temperature spin filter.
In the 2nd part of the seminar, I will present the basic principle of magnetic tunneling and spin filtering effect in Fe/MgO(001)/Fe magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ). Maintaining (001) orientation is critical to this spin filtering effect. Literature and our preliminary data on CoFeB/MgO(001) based magnetic tunnel junction will be described. Our ultimate goal is to efficiently inject spin polarized electrons from ferromagnetic materials (FM) into a semiconductor (SC) channel, eventually leading to a room temperature spin transistor device. This work is supported by Nanoelectronics Research Initiative through WIN.
To participate in this e-Workshop, please register on-line at
All 2008 NRI e-Workshop will be presented via Adobe Acrobat Connect and an integrated phone bridge (new this year). To participate, all you need is a computer (Mac or PC with Flash 7 installed) with internet connection and a phone line. Multiple sites may participate from each company.
Site coordinators will be e-mailed the detailed log-in information a few days prior to e-Workshop. If you have any questions about the new web video conference software, please visit this URL to test your compatibility:

October 31, 2008
Abstracts due or SPIE Europe: Microtechnologies for a New Millennium
Take advantage of the synergies being created by engineers, scientists, researchers and managers working on various aspects of microtechnologies. Meet with your colleagues in Dresden, Germany, to help shape the future of these vital technologies.

Five parallel conferences:
Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS
VLSI Circuits and Systems
Bioengineered and Bioinspired Systems
Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications
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November 6-7, 2008
Boiengineering Applications to Address Global Health
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
The goal of this
interdisciplinary conference is to discuss research questions related to
novel technologies and therapies needed to efficiently detect and treat
diseases affecting millions in the developing world. We will focus on the
application of the latest research advances as well as approaches to
bringing to market technologies aimed at resource-poor environments
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November 13-14, 2008
2 Day Global Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education Workshop
Webcast Schedule (All times are in US Eastern time)
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November 18-19, 2008
4th Annual Conference on Clean Energy
Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston, Massachusetts
The Conference on Clean Energy is the core of Massachusetts Clean Energy Week, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and other stakeholders in the clean energy startup community.
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December 3, 2008
Innovation for Global Health: Creating Opportunities and Empowering Students
2:00-6:30 Harvard University, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA
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December 8-12, 2008
Intenational Meeting on Molecular Electronics. ElecMol08 is devoted to the recent progress in molecular & organic electronics. Deadline for registrationa dn abstract submission is October 30, 2008.
Minatec Center, Grenoble, France
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December 13, 2008
SEAS Holiday Lecture: From Bean to Bar: The Sweet Science of Chocolate
10:00-11:00 a.m. (morning lecture and 1:00-2:00 p.m. (afternoon lecture)
Harvard Science Center, Lecture Hall B
Tickets required. Registration will open November 25th.
Email: for more information.

  Last Modified January 20, 2010 by the NSEC Office.