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


January 8, 2009
NCLT Seminar Series Webcast: "Building Capacity for Nano Education and Outreach through Partnerships with Science Museums: Overview and Case Study"
1:30-2:30 pm (EST)
Seminar abstract:
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January 20-23, 2009
ISNTT 2009: International Symposium on Nanoscale Transport and Technology
NTT Atsugi R&D Center, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan
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January 21, 2009
NRI e-Workshop: "Bilayer pseudoSpin Field Effect Transistor (BiSFET):
device concept and logic implementation"
to be presented by Professor Leonard Frank Register of The University of Texas at Austin
Abstract: I will present a new type of graphene-based transistor intended to allow lower voltage, lower power operation than possible with Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistors, a Bilayer pseudoSpin Field Effect Transistor (BiSFET).
I will begin with a background presentation of the underlying physics of possible phase-coherent many-body exotonic interlayer tunneling effects above room temperature. I will then describe the basic structural elements of a BiSFET and the predicted current-voltage characteristics. As will be shown, BiSFETs are not drop-in replacements for MOSFETs. Thus, any BiSFET-based logic must also vary significantly from CMOS. Therefore, a functional BiSFET device model was developed and used in SPICE?-based circuit simulations to help develop and test BiSFET-based logic elements. I will describe the resulting layout and simulated operation of a BiSFET-based inverter and a programmable NAND/OR gate. Notably, for simulated inverter switching (with a fan-in and fan-out of four) the average energy consumed per clock cycle per BiSFET was on the order of 0.01 aJ at 100 GHz. For comparison, current MOSFETs consume ~100 aJ per switching on average at an approximately 5 GHz clock frequency, and 2020 "end of the roadmap" CMOS will still consume about 5 aJ per switching [based on information from the ITRS Roadmap]. However, these estimates are rough and do not consider the parasitic power losses of delivering the clock signal to each BiSFET as required for the proposed BiSFET-based logic.
However, while theory indicates that the invoked phase-coherent many-body excitonic tunneling effect in graphene bilayers may survive at room temperature unlike in other condensed matter systems, we recognize the uncertainties of theoretical predictions. Equally relevant is the ability to scale the device down to such small sizes without destroying or severely degrading the condensate properties. The device fabrication would impose numerous challenges as well. Thus, this work should be viewed merely as an initial proposal of a new type of transistor, which will hopefully stimulate further experimental and theoretical work.

To participate in this e-Workshop, please register on-line at

NRI e-Workshop will be presented via Adobe Acrobat Connect and an integrated phone bridge. 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:

February 23, 2009
Bonnie Bassler, Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton
Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria
4:15 Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study
16 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA
Biological Laboratories Lecture Hall, room 1068

February 24, 2009
NRI e-Workshop: On the Possibility of an Electronic-structure Modulation Transistor
to be presented by Hassan Raza and Edwin C. Kan of Cornell University
Abstract: We have recently invented an electronic-structure modulation transistor (EMT), which can possibly be used for post-CMOS logic applications. The device principle is based on the bandwidth modulation of a midgap or near-midgap localized state in the channel by an external gate voltage. Theoretical analysis of the functionality of the EMT would be presented using a single-band tight-binding method coupled with the non-equilibrium Green's function formalism for quantum transport. Our objective is to confirm if an EMT has a self gain and if it can overcome the 2.3kT/decade thermal limit with low supply voltage. ON current depends on the bandwidth of the state and limited by the quantum of conductance for a single band. OFF current is set by the gate leakage and tunneling through higher bands, which is expected to be small if these bands are few eV above the localized state energy level. Possible device implementations in molecules and graphene nanostructures would be discussed.

Preliminary experimental efforts geared towards the proposed mechanism, although still not a working prototype, would also be presented in a double-gated structure using a 20 nm long and 10 É m wide channel consisting of Au nanocrystals (NCs) and nitride traps. Putting negative charge on the NCs is expected to result in wavefunction extension over larger distances due to lifting of the energy levels resulting in reduction in the effective barrier. In transfer characteristics, a non-linear increase of the drain current on the top gate voltage and the charge stored in the channel is observed, which is attributed to the stronger coupling between Au NCs due to the electronic-structure modulation of the Au NCs / nitride composite.
(Reference: arXiv:0812.0123)

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March 5-6, 2009
F.O.R.E.S.T. Functional Oxides for Renewable Energy Sciences and Technologies
Harvard University
For more information, contact Shriram Ramanathan, shriram[at]

March 7, 2009
Dragonfly TV: What's Nano? Curious kids search for aswers to their science questions through experiments and investigations. Produced in part by Museum of Science, Boston and CNS at Harvard
Will air 7:00 am on WSBE Rhode Island
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March 19, 2009
Radcliffe Institue for Advanced Study Dean's Lecture Series presents: Skin Stem Cells:Biology and Clinical Promise by Elaine Fuchs of Howard hguhs Medical Center.
Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Streetm, Cambridge
4:15 pm
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March 27, 2009
Increasing participation in STEM: Connecting Educators with Out-of-School Programs
Annual Spring Symposium at Harvard University sponsored by *DOME Foundation, Inc.*- a not-for-profit whose mission is to increase the number of underrepresented students in the STEM disciplines
8:00 am-12:30 pm, Harvard University, Maxwell Dwrokin
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March 28-April 5, 2009
NanoDays will take place at hundreds of locations throughout the United States. Locally, The Museum of Science , Boston will have nano-related activities in the Exhibit Halls all week long. For a list of events, please visit:
To learn moreabout national events, go to

March 31, 2009
NRI e-Workshop Yves Acremann of Stanford University
will speak on: Magnetization Manipulations by Spin Transfer: Gain in Magnetism
Abstract: The magnetization of a ferromagnet can be manipulated by injection of a spin current. Surprisingly the injected spin current does not act like a magnetic field, but modifies the ferromagnetic damping. Under certain conditions the damping can be reversed entirely, leading to persistence oscillations of the magnetization. This talk will focus on nanostructure dynamics in spin torque devices.

To participate in this e-Workshop, please register on-line at

NRI e-Workshop will be presented via Adobe Acrobat Connect and an integrated phone bridge. 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:
And, as always, you can contact me for more explanation.

Immediately following the workshop, site coordinators will be asked to provide a rating, feedback/comments on the workshop, and the number of participants from that site via an on-line survey. This survey should take approx. five minutes and greatly assists us in making our e-Workshops better.

March 31, 2009
Harvard Initiative for Global Health Seminar Series
Dr. Lisa Berkman will speak on: Social Determinants of Population Health: Reconciling Observation and Intervention Studies
4:00 104 Mt. Auburn Street, 3rd floor, Cambridge, MA
To register and for more information, please visit:

March 31, 2009
NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing
Industry Day Showcase
The NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing
(CHN) is hosting an Industry Day Showcase on March 31, 2009. The event will
showcase the research of the Center, including Northeastern University, the
University of New Hampshire, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

At the event, Director Ahmed Busnaina will give a short overview presentation on
the work of the Center, and graduate students will present posters on their
research. The reception will provide opportunities for networking and
interaction with the faculty, post doctoral research associates, and graduate
students working on CHN projects.

Space is limited. Please register in advance by sending your name, contact
information, company/affiliation, and specific interest in the Industry Day
Showcase to:

Kristen Eaton at 617-373-6012 –


April 15, 2009
Harvard Initiative for Global Health Seminar Series
The Unfinished Agenda of Nutrition & Global Health: Challenges and Opportunities
2:00-6:30 pm, Harvard School of Public Health, Kresge Building, Room G-1 Boston, MA
To register and for more information, please visit:

April 16-20, 2009
The 9th International Conference on Physics of Light-Matter Coupling in Nanostructures (PLMCN9) will be held in Lecce, Italy
The conference will be devoted to the fundamental and technological issues relevant to the realization of a new generation of opto-electronic devices based on advanced low-dimensional and photonic structures, such as low threshold polariton lasers, new optical switches, single photon emitters, photonic band-gap structures, etc. The scope of the Conference covers both physics and application of a variety of phenomena related to light-matter coupling in solids.
For more information:

April 17, 2009
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Science Symposium
Improving Decision Making: Interdisciplinary Lessons from the Natural and Social Sciences
For a complete schedule and to register, please visit or call 617-495-8600.

April 20-24, 2009
6th Annual Conference on: Foundations in Nanoscience: Self-Assembled Architectures and Devices.
Foundations of Nanoscience is a yearly conference on foundations of nanoscience, maintaining the highest scientific standards. Self-assembly is the central theme of the conference. Topics include self-assembled architectures and devices, at scales ranging from nano-scale to meso-scale. Methodologies include both experimental as well as theoretical approaches. The conference spans traditional disciplines including chemistry, biochemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics, and various engineering disciplines including MEMS.
Snowbird Cliff Lodge, Snowbird, Utah
For more information:

April 28, 2009
NRI e-Workshop: From NEMO1D and NEMO3D to OMEN:
moving towards atomistic 3D quantum transport in nano-scale semiconductors

to be presented by Gerhard Klimeck of Purdue University
4:00 pm ET
Abstract: Lessons learned in 15 years of NEMO development starting from quantitative and predictive resonant tunneling diode (RTD) to multi-million atom electronic structure modeling and the path for OMEN are laid out. The recent OMEN capabilities enable realistically large 3D atomistic nano-scale device simulation. The end of Moore's Law has been falsely predicted many times. Irrespective of "details" of continued scaling in heat dissipation, lithography, materials, or financial viability, the fundamental limit of transistors containing an indivisible, countable number of atoms is coming closer. In this regime the detailed atom arrangements and quantum mechanical behavior of the carriers are critical in the understanding of the device. Not only are the structures getting smaller, but they are morphing from planar to 3-D topologies and new atom species are introduced. From now on the distinction between new device and new material is blurred and transport modeling must embrace atomistic and quantum concepts.

To participate in this e-Workshop, please register on-line at

April 28, 2009
TB: From Bench to Bedside
The Harvard Initiative for Global Health, The Broad Institute, Draper Laboratory, and Novartis are collaborating on this event to examine Tuberculosis from its genome to transmission, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Speakers will illustrate how these four Cambridge-based organizations each play a role in developing solutions to improve global healthcare.
5:30-8:00 pm.The Broad Institute, 7 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA
Confirmed speakers include:

Jose Trevejo, MD, PhD, Clinical Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician Researcher, Biomedical Engineering Group, Draper Laboratory, HIGH, Co-leader of the Technology Innovation Working Group

Kwonjune (KJ) Justin Seung, MD, MDR-TB Program Officer, Partners In Health (PIH); Associate Physician, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital
For more information:

April 30-May 1, 2009
HMS Dean's Symposium on Clinical and Translational Research
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May 2, 2009
Encore Presentation: The Sweet Science of Chocolate
10:00 am Harvard University, Northwest Building

May 3-7, 2009
NSTI Nanotech 2009
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX
For more information:

May 4-6, 2009
SPIE Europe Microtechnologies for the New Millennium Conference
Maritim Hotel, Dresden Germany
For more information:

May 5-21, 2009
HIGH Seminar Series
The Harvard Initiative for Global Health (HIGH) invites you to a series of seminars specifically designed for students and faculty engaged in global health research, experiential learning activities, volunteer or service programs in developing countries.
May 5th: AIDS, Medical Anthropology, and Global Health: Strengthening Health Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean
May 6th: Results of the ARV Therapy in Cuba
May 7th: Working in Global Health While Living Abroad
May 12th: Research in Africa: How to be Successful When You Know You Don't Know What You're Doing
May 14th: Ethical Issues in Global Health Research
May 20th: Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate
May 21st: Technical and Cultural Innovation: Partnering as Agents for Global Health
All seminars 4:00-5:00 pm, 104 Mt. Auburn St., 3rd Floor, Cambridge, MA
For questions about these events and to register, please contact HIGH.

May 18-21, 2009
INC5: 5th International Nanotechnology Conference on Communications and Cooperation
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
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May 26, 2009
NRI e-Workshop: Suman Datta of Penn State University will speak on Tunnel Transistor Architecture and its Viability for Energy Efficient Logic Applications
Abstract: Since 1926 it is well accepted that the continuous nonzero nature of solutions to Schrodinger's wave equation used to represent electrons, even in classically forbidden regions of negative kinetic energy, allows for a finite and tunable probability of tunneling from one classically allowed region to another (for example band to band tunneling in a semiconductor). We have recently initiated the investigation of a novel transistor architecture based on such tunneling mechanism as a step towards exploring steep switching transistors for energy efficient logic applications. In this seminar, I will attempt to address the following topics regarding the tunnel transistor architecture: a) the choice of appropriate materials to tune the transfer characteristics over a specified gate swing b) the characteristic screening lengths to observe saturation in the output characteristics of the device needed to provide gain c) an effective way to estimate the switching speed of such devices and d) the importance (if any) of nonequilibrium carrier dynamics on the device terminal characteristics.

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May 27-29, 2009
Nanomanufacturing Summit 2009
Sheraton Boston Hotel
The Nanomanufacturing Summit 2009 is a showcase for high-quality technical contributions by experts and practitioners in the field of nanomanufacturing, as well as a networking event for the broader nanomanufacturing (NM) community. A primary objective is to highlight those areas of practice that stand out from the general nanotechnology and nanoscience themes as being near-term and having the potential to facilitate the commercial development and/or marketable application of nanoscale systems and devices.
For more information:

May 29-31, 2009
Frontiers in Nanoscale Science and Technology 2009 Workshop
Harvard University

June 2-5, 2009
IEEE Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference
Travers City, Michighan
NMDC aims to develop critical assessment of existing work and future
directions in nanotechnology research including nanomaterials and
fabrications, nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, devices, and integration. This
conference will bring together key researchers from all over the world and
from every sector of academy and industry in the nanotechnology research
field, with a special focus on materials and devices, technical topics
Please submit your 2-page abstract in the usual format limited to two pages
electronically through the IEEE NMDC 2009 conference website at In accordance with IEEE requirements, only
PDF files will be accepted. The accepted paper will appear in IEEE Xplore
database and EI-indexed. For additional inquire, please e-mail to

June 7-August 15, 2009
REU Summer 2009 Program dates
Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciecnes
For more information:

June 11-12, 2009
1st Berkeley Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems
Prof. Jeff Bokor and Prof. Eli Yablonovitch, UC Berkeley, Co-Chairs
The Symposium on Energy Efficient Electronic Systems (E3S) will take place in the beautiful new Sutardja Dai Hall (CITRIS building) on the Berkeley campus, on June 11-12, 2009. The goal of this two day meeting is to find ways of building future electronic information processing systems, with major improvements in energy efficiency. We have a grand scope in mind, extending from new low-power nanoelectronic devices, through circuit design, chip-scale architecture, short-range interconnects, long-range interconnect, networks, software, storage systems, servers, data centers and supercomputers. It will be highly beneficial for researchers to better understand what is going on in this area both above and below them on the food chain. We believe there are many opportunities for closer cooperation and interaction up and down the line and we hope this meeting will foster these collaborations.
There will speakers from industry, academia, government, and national labs to explore this new domain of technology.
4:00pm Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley

June 15-17, 2008
2009 Symposium on VLSI Technology and Circuits
Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto, Japan
For more information:

June 18-19, 2009
The 7th New England International Nanomanufacturing Workshop
The goal of the workshop is to address moving nanotechnology from the
laboratory to industry-floor manufacturing. The workshop will address current
developments and successes in transitioning research into commercial products
and serve as a forum for industry, academia, and small business to interact and
collaborate. Among the issues addressed:
- What are the technical barriers to scale-up of directed assembly and other
- What are the technical barriers to integrating nanoscale elements, structures,
etc. with micro- and macro-structures into systems?
- What are the currently available risk assessment tools and best environmental,
health and safety practices for nanotechnology? Are there regulatory concerns
for researchers or manufacturers?

240 Egan Research Center, Raytheon Amphitheater,
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

To Register:
Presented by: Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts Lowell,
and the University of New Hampshire

June 25-28, 2009
EPQHS-3 Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Hall Systems 3
Villa Guinigi, Capannori, Italy
During recent years, experimental progress in the field of two-dimensional electrons has led to a wave of new discoveries and has stimulated an impressive theoretical effort. Among them it is worth to mention the observation of novel correlated states and superfluidity in bilayer systems, research on electronic liquid-crystal states in high Landau levels, the radiation-induced zero-resistance states in very low magnetic fields, the discovery of quantum Hall effect in graphene layers and of the quantum spin-Hall effect, and proposals and experiments on quantum computing with non-abelian quantum Hall states. These novel emergent fields of research are attracting a large interest of the condensed-matter community. This timely frontier Symposium will bring together a team of leading scientists and young researchers working on these emergent collective electronic in solids. The goal will be to focus on the intriguing and exciting new directions outlined above, review the status of current research and establish new collaborations.
For more information:

June 26, 2009
The 39th New England Complex Fluids Workshop will be held Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Schlumberger-Doll Research Center. The workshop will begin with breakfast and registration at 8:45 a.m. and will end around 5:00 p.m. If you plan to attend the workshop, please register before Wednesday, June 24th. Also, if you intend to give a sound bite (2-3 minute summary of your current research), then please submit a title and abstract when you register.
For more information:

June 30, 2009
NRI e-Workshop: Organic Exciplex Transistors
to be presented by Marc Baldo of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT
Abstract: Excitons, bound pairs of electrons and holes, mediate the interconversion of charges and photons and thus can be used for an efficient interconnect between electronic circuits and optical communication. The ability to guide excitons in space can lead to an excitonic switch that routes an optical signal without converting them to electrons. Recently, High et al. demonstrated the excitonic transistor using indirect excitons formed in AlGaAs/GaAs coupled quantum wells at the temperature of 1.4K [1]. Organic semiconductors are a suitable media to manipulate excitons because excitons in organic molecules are stable and long lived at room temperature. Using spin-disallowed transition, excitons can last up to milliseconds. This is more than sufficient to enable exciton propagation over large distances and the operation of excitonic circuits.
In this work we aim to demonstrate an exciton transistor based on organic semiconductors that can operate at room temperature. Exciplexes, indirect electron-hole pairs situated on adjacent molecules, are interesting because they are spatially oriented with certain e-h spacing. We can guide exciplexes using the energy gradient controlled by external electric fields. We show that by changing the voltage bias over a 4,4',4''-tris-(3-methylphenylphenylamino)triphenylamine (m-MTDATA)/bathocuproine (BCP) heterojunction the energy of the exciplexes can be changed over 40meV, well above thermal energy at room temperature. We also observe that long-lived exciplexes can be created with a lifetime of several microseconds at room temperature in the phosphorescent system of N,N'-diphenyl-N,N'-bis(3-methyl-phenyl)-l,l'biphenyl-4,4'diamine (TPD)/ iridium(III) bis(4,6-difluorophenylpyridinato-N,C2')picolinate (Firpic). These results open a promising route toward the spatial manipulation of exciplexes in organic semiconductors.
To participate in this e-Workshop, please register on-line at

July 1-24, 2009
The Harvard Global Health Effectiveness Program
This novel program will train public health leaders through a curriculum of epidemiology, management science and global health delivery case teaching, enabling them to effectively design and manage programs that improve health outcomes for the populations they serve.

The three-and-a-half week program will consist of two credit-granting courses and one seminar taught by senior Harvard faculty.

Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to global health and experience in global health organizations, with a background in health care or a related field. International students are encouraged to apply. Tuition and fees: approximately $3,375. Applications are due by April 1, 2009.

Please visit program website for for details and to download application materials, or contact for more information.

July 2, 2009
Research Experience for Undergraduate Seminar
Prof. Robert Westervelt will speak on: Integrated Circuit / Microfluidic Chips for Healthcare
5:00 pm , Harvard University, Maxwell Dworkin room 119

July 7-11, 2009
SPINTECH V: Fifth International School and Conference on Spintronics and Quantum Information Technology
Krakow, Poland
Abstract submission deadline: March 23,2009
Formore information:

July 9, 2009
2nd Wyss Invited Lecture Series in Engineered Materials: Biointerfacial Aspects of Mussel Adhesive Proteins and their Biomimetic Analogs by Phillip B. Messersmith, Depts. of Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biolobical Engineering, Northwestern University
3:00 pm. Harvard University, Pierce Hall room 209

July 20-24, 2009
"Electronics from the Bottom Up" Summer School offered at the Purdue NCN. This collaborative course is designed to introduce graduate students (or faculty and industry researchers) to key areas of research in the area of nanoelectronics. The 2009 areas are "Reliability Physics for Nanoelectronic Devices" and a "Colloquium on Graphene Physics and Devices."
For more infomation: NCN_Summer_Purdue.pdf

July 22, 2009
Cardiovascular Disease in Developing Countries Conference
This conference aims to gather leading experts to inform the education, research, medical and Boston-area communities about the growing burden of CVD in the developing world. The goal is to generate the next steps in the research and education agendas for CVD in the developing world and to provide a venue for opportunities for collaborative work.

Free and open to the public
Registration required for conference and Livestream.

To register and for more information, please visit the conference website:
Questions? Please contact Shafika Abrahams-Gessel (


July 28, 2009
NRI e-Workshop: Materials Science of Graphene for Novel Device Applications
to be presented by Eric Vogel and the University of Texas-Dallas Team
4pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT

Abstract: Realization of graphene based devices will require controlled integration of graphene into a device structure with multiple material components of metals and insulators. To investigate the fundamental materials problems of graphene devices, a complimentary team of researchers at UTD is applying experimental and theoretical methods to the graphene/metal and graphene/dielectric interface problems. We will present our recent experimental and theoretical research related to atomic layer deposition of dielectrics, metal contacts, graphene grain boundaries, graphene oxides, and physical and electrical characterization of graphene devices. Through a strong collaborative research in processing, characterization, and modeling, we have developed a fundamental understanding of graphene material properties which can facilitate diverse graphene based devices applications.
To participate in this e-Workshop, please register on-line at

July 28-31, 2009
Seeing at the Nanoscale VII
Exploring the Future of Nanotechnology Using STM and Related Techniques
Santa Barbara at UCSB
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July 30, 2009
3rd Wyss Invited Lecture Series in Engineered Materials
James Hedrick, research staff member with the Advanced Organic Materials Group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, will lead a Wyss Invited Lecture Series seminar entitled "Tailored Supramolecular Structures for Controlled Release of Therapeutics,"
2:00 p.m. Harvard University, Pierce Hall 209, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge.

August 18, 2009
NRI Architectures for Post-CMOS Switches
University of Notre Dame
For more information: ArchPostCMOS_020409.pdf

August 25, 2009
NRI e-Workshop: Spin Torque Spintronic Devices
to be presented by Ilya Krivorotov of University of California at Irvine
on Tuesday, August 25th at 4pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT
Abstract: Spin-polarized currents in magnetic nanostructures apply torques to the magnetic moments of ferromagnetic elements in these nanostructures. These spin transfer torques can excite large-amplitude dynamics of the magnetic moments leading to either reversal or persistent precession of the magnetic moment direction. In this seminar, I will review the types of unusual magnetization dynamics excited by spin transfer torques and discuss how these dynamics can be utilized in spintronics devices for information storage, reconfigurable logic and microwave signal processing.
To participate in this e-Workshop, please register on-line at

September 9-12, 2009
ECME 10: European Conference on Molecular Electronics
Scandic Copenhagen Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark
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September 28-October 2, 2009
2009 Nanoelectronic Devices for Defense & Security Conference
Bahia Mar Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale Florida
The conference has already scheduled a number of Keynote talks from
leading Research-Program policy makers (e.g., U.S. Defense Department
and U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency) and numerous other
Keynote/Invited talks from leading technical experts across the spectrum
of Nanoscience, Nanomaterials, Nanofabrication and Nanoengineering
fields that are contributing to nanoscale electronic/photonic sensors
and systems. For details please review

The technical advisory committee has developed an exciting
nanoelectronic-related program agenda that will cover subjects from the
following technical tracks:

I. Science & Technology for Interfacing to the Nanoscale
II. Sensor and System Applications
III. Device Concepts & Sensor/System Functionality
IV. Materials, Fabrication and Integration for Sensor/System

Please review the Call-for-Papers page at the conference
website to get detailed descriptions on the individual technical
sessions, and please consider contributing your latest technical work
during the abstract submission period (May 1, 2009 to July 1, 2009).

September 29, 2009
NRI e-Workshop: The NRI e-Workshop series is aimed at educating both our industry sponsors and other university participants (both students and PIs) on specific research topics being done at NRI centers. You are invited to participate:

Ultra-fast metal-Insulator transitions in oxide semiconductors
as a paradigm for electronic switches
to be presented by Shriram Ramanathan of Harvard University
4pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT
Abstract: Electronically triggered sub-picosecond metal-insulator transitions in oxide thin films could enable novel electronics for logic and memory technologies, simultaneously offering unique opportunities that may not be possible with conventional semiconductor FETs. We will describe on-going efforts in our laboratory on the problem of gated phase transitions in oxide semiconductors, particularly vanadium oxide thin films. Although a material of interest for several decades since Morin’s report in 1959, a number of questions need to be addressed critically, that relate to un-ambiguous demonstration of electronic triggering of the phase transition, structural stability and lattice distortions, as well as fundamental transport properties in nanoscale devices. Overall, this makes an exciting research problem in materials physics, at the same time, connecting naturally with the NRI objectives.
Contributors include Venky Naryanamurti (collaborator), Dmitry Ruzmetov and Gokul Gopalakrishnan (post-doctoral fellows).
To participate in this e-Workshop, please register on-line at

This e-Workshop will be held in WebEx, NRI’s choice for web conferencing software. If you have never used WebEx before or to make sure your computer is compatible with WebEx, please go to, enter the information and click “Join”. Please feel free to contact WebEx Support if you are having trouble joining the test meeting.
The detailed log-in information will be emailed to you a few days prior to the e-Workshop.

October 2, 2009
BASF Advanced Research Initiative presents: Dr. Raymond M. David: The Value of Characterization for Nanotoxicology
Abstract: Nanotechnology is a rapidly emerging field of great interest and promise. As new materials are developed and commercialized, hazard information also needs to be generated to reassure regulators, workers, and consumers that these materials can be used safely.
The biological properties of nanomaterials are closely tied to the physical characteristics including size, shape, dissolution rate, agglomeration state, and surface chemistry, to name a few. Furthermore, these properties can be altered by the medium used to suspend or disperse these water-insoluble particles.
However, the current toxicology literature lacks much of the characterization information that allows toxicologists and regulators to develop ‘rules of thumb’ that could be used to assess potential hazards. To effectively develop these rules, toxicologists need to know the characteristics of the particle that interacts with the biological system.
Lack of characterization could also lead to different laboratories reporting discordant results on seemingly the same test material because of subtle differences in the particle or differences in the dispersion medium used that resulted in altered properties and toxicity of the particle . For these reasons, good characterization using a minimal characterization data set should accompany and be required of all scientific publications on nanomaterials.
Dr. Raymond David is Manager of Toxicology for Industrial Chemicals in the BASF Corporation. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Louisville, after which he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chemical Institute of Toxicology in Research Triangle Park. Prior to his position at BASF, Dr. David worked at Microbiological Associates and Eastman Kodak. He has experience conducting inhalation, pulmonary, reproductive, and systemic toxicity studies.
10:00 am, Harvard University, 29 Oxford Street, Pierce Hall rm 209

October 16, 2009
Raymond and Beverly Sackler Institute Inagural Symposium
Yale University, West Campus
To celebrate the establishment of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Institute for Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences and the Itegrated Graduate Program in Physical and Engineering Biology, Yale University announces a one-day symposium featuring an array of world-renowned speakers. The symposium will feature outstanding speakers who are leaders in using integrated approaches to study the grand challenges in the biological sciences. The symposium will also feature poster sessions from symposium attendees and IGPPEB students and postdocs. There is no charge for attendance, but attendees must register by September 15, 2009.
From more information see:

October 23, 2009
NSEC/Applied Physics Seminar: Paul McEuen will speak on Carbon Nanotubes: Particle Physics Writ Large
Abstract: Carbon nanotubes present many interesting analogies to high energy physics. For example, the quantization of the electron motion around the circumference of a tube gives rise to electron-hole symmetric subbands analogous to particle/antiparticle pairs. Here we present new results on nanotubes in the spirit of this analogy, including the observation of topological spin-orbit coupling due to the nanotube’s curled up dimension, and measurements of ultra-efficient electron-hole pair production by high energy carriers.
4:00 p.m. Harvard University, 29 Oxford Street, Pierce Hall room 209

October 23-24, 2009
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is hosting the 2009 NOBCChE Northeast Regional Meeting themed Expanding the Pipeline for Science & Technology
The National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), an organization whose mission is to build an eminent community of scientists and engineers by increasing the numbers of underrepresented groups pursuing careers in technical fields. Charged with this challenge, NOBCChE events foster professional development, encourage and expose students to careers in science, and establish educational partnerships with academic institutions and organizations in the public and private sector.
This meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate researchers to present their findings and network with scientists and engineers in their area of interest. Registration is free. For further information at

November 2-9, 2009
National School on Physics of Matter: Physics of Spins in Materials
Hotel Monte Rosa, Chiavari, Genoa, Italy
The school is addressed to PhD students, post-docs and junior researchers and will focus on the physics of spin in materials. The purpose will be to summarize some of the developments in the field with special emphasis on single spin behavior and collective magnetic phases, with a balanced presentation of the most significant theoretical and experimental achievements.
The list of speakers and more information about registration fees accommodation and transportation can be found in the school web site:

November 3, 2009
Center for Excitonics Seminar Series: Self Assembly for Nanostructured Electronic Devices Presented by: Dr. Charles T. Black, Center for Functional Nanomaterials
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Abstract: The Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) at Brookhaven National Laboratory is a science-based user facility devoted to nanotechnology research addressing challenges in energy security. Five internal research groups (Electronic Nanomaterials, Catalysis/Surface Science, Biology/Soft Materials, Electron Microscopy, and Theory/Computation) accompany a broad portfolio of scientific capabilities and an active external user program. I will provide an overview of the CFN facilities, which are accessible at no cost to users via a peer reviewed proposal process.
Our research program in Electronic Materials incorporates nanostructured materials with precisely defined and tunable internal dimensions as experimental platforms for understanding and improving electronic device performance. We are pursuing self-assembling materials as fabrication tools because of their ability to autonomously form patterns at sub-lithographic feature sizes (<20nm) and pitches (<40nm), and with a high density of features (~10^11/cm2). Although patterns formed via self assembly typically have only limited positional order and a high density of defects, they are nevertheless well-suited to large-area device applications such as solar cells. I will present our research progress implementing self-assembly approaches into nanostructured solar cell designs, as well as our previous successful implementation of self assembly in high-performance semiconductor devices.
3:00 - 4:00pm, Haus Conference Room - 36-428
For more information:


November 12-13, 2009
5th Annual Conference on Clean Energy
The Conference Keynotes include:
The Honorable Deval Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Ian A. Bowles, Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts
Steven E. Koonin, Under Secretary for Science, US Department of Energy
Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston MA
For more information:

November 17, 2009
NRI e-Workshop: 1D Tunneling to be presented by Theresa Mayer of Penn State University
4pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT
To participate in this e-Workshop, please register on-line at

This e-Workshop will be held in WebEx, NRI’s choice for web conferencing software. If you have never used WebEx before or to make sure your computer is compatible with WebEx, please go to, enter the information and click “Join”. Please feel free to contact WebEx Support if you are having trouble joining the test meeting.
The detailed log-in information will be emailed to you a few days prior to the e-Workshop.

Immediately following the workshop, site coordinators will be asked to provide a rating, feedback/comments on the workshop, and the number of participants from that site via an on-line survey. This survey should take approximately five minutes and greatly assists us in making our e-Workshops better.

November 30-December 4, 2009
ISANN 2009: International Symposium on Advanced Nanodevices and Nanotechnology
Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii, Sheraton Maui Resort.
For more information:

November 30- December 13, 2009
International Winter School for Graduate Students: Nanoelectronics
The School will consist on an intense technical course on Nanoelectronics at the graduate level--a one semester course taught over an intense 6 days. The course will be taught by leading faculty from US and Indian institutions. Approximately 10 outstanding graduate students from across the US will be chosen to participate. They will be joined by 50 or more students and faculty from India.
After the technical course, the US and Indian participants will participate in a field experience for 4 or 5 days in an Indian village, working with a local NGO.
We encourage applications from serious, adventurous, advanced graduate students with an interest in Nanoelectronics, in the international aspects of scientific research, and in the impact of science and technology on the 3d world.

Participants DO NOT have to be from NNIN institutions and DO NOT have to be NNIN users. We encourage all outstanding graduate students ( US citizens and permanent residents only) to apply. Travel expenses will be paid by NNIN.

Application information is available at .
The application deadline is September 14, 2009.
For questions, please contact

December 1, 2009
BASF Advanced Research Initiative presents:
Dr. Viola Vogel: Catch Bonds Enable Bacterial and Cell Adhesion Under Flow
5:00 – 6:00 pm | Pierce 209| Reception to follow in the Brooks Room
Abstract: How well does our intuition serve us when trying to prevent bacterial infections? If receptor-ligand complexes are being pulled apart by tensile forces, conventional wisdom implied that the lifetime of the complex would be shortened. As supported by many recent biophysical studies, force accelerates the probability of a ligand slipping out of the binding pocket. In contrast to these so-called slip bonds, recent data show that some receptor-ligand complexes can form catch bonds, bonds whose lifetime increases under tensile force. Some bacteria and cells take advantage of catch bonds to adhere to surfaces under fluid flow conditions. We will explore where such catch bonds can be found and how they work.

December 8, 2009
NRI e-Workshop: Nanoscale Thermal Engineering and Thermal Circuits with Graphene
to be presented by Yong P. Chen of Purdue University
4pm ET / 3pm CT / 2pm MT / 1pm PT
Abstract: The excessive amount of heat generated in contemporary integrated circuits has become a major limiting factor in the continuation of Moore’s law scaling. In addition to developing novel computing devices (transistors using non-Si based materials, such as graphene, being one possibility) that generate less heat in the first place, finding strategies to manage or harness the heat is also important and urgently needed. Graphene could again bring various opportunities in this regard. This e-workshop will cover the following topics: 1) an overview of the superior thermal transport properties of graphene and the experimental measurement techniques. Applications in thermal interface involving graphene will also be discussed; 2) possibility to control the thermal transport by patterning graphene nanoribbons (GNR), revealed by molecular dynamics simulation. For example, both thermal rectification and negative differential thermal conductance can be realized. Thermal conductivity of GNRs is also shown to depend generally on edge chirality, impurities and isotope concentration. 3) an intriguing possibility of nanoscale control of heat flow is to use heat itself as a computational variable to perform information processing in appropriately designed nanostructures and architectures. Features and issues with such a “thermal logic” will be discussed.

Yong P. Chen received an M.Sc in mathematics from MIT and a PhD in experimental solid state physics from Princeton University. He is currently the Miller Family Assistant Professor of Nanoscience and Physics at Purdue University, with also a graduate faculty appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His research interests are condensed matter physics and nanoscience, particularly involving artificially created quantum systems. He has worked on 2D electrons in semiconductor structures, Bose-Einstein condensates of laser-cooled atoms, and more recently, graphene. He received an NSF Career Award, DTRA Young Investigator Award and IBM faculty award in 2009.

To participate in this e-Workshop, please register on-line at




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