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IEEE NANO 2014 Workshop Schedule

Aug 18, 2014: 8:30-12:00 (Not Available)
Prof. Bonnie L. Gray: Conductive and Magnetic Polymer Nanocomposite Materials: Preparation, Micropatterning, and Applications to Sensors, Microfluidics and MEMS/NEMS
Aug 18, 2014: 8:30-12:00 (Not Available)
Prof. Sergey Edward Lyshevski: NanoBioTechnology and Engineering at Nanoscale
Aug 18, 2014: 13:30-17:00 (Not Available)
The Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN), Purdue University: Using in Research and Education – a Hands-on Workshop
Aug 18, 2014: 13:30-17:00 (Not Available)
Prof. Stephan Breitkreutz: Nanomagnetic Logic – Non-volatile Majority Logic using Field-coupled Nanoscale Magnets: Current State and Future Challenges

IEEE NANO 2014 Workshop Details


Bonnie L. Gray Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Engineering Science
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, Canada
Tutorial Abstract

Conductive and Magnetic Polymer Nanocomposite Materials:
Preparation, Micropatterning, and Applications to Sensors, Microfluidics and MEMS/NEMS

This tutorial will present an introduction to conductive and magnetic polymer nanocomposite materials as applied to cutting-edge applications in micro- and nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), sensors, and microfluidics. Conductive and magnetic composite polymers are realized by rendering their base polymers functional through the introduction of filler micro- and/or nano- particles with particular characteristics. The resulting composite polymer materials are compatible with structures fabricated in their base polymers, can be nano- and micro- patterned using similar processing techniques, yet have unique properties imparted by the nanoparticles embedded within them. Composite polymer-based devices can also be fabricated with high mechanical flexibility, which can be advantageous for high stroke, high force actuation, or for overall system flexibility for wearable or implantable biomedical microsystems. Composite polymers are employed to realize many different sensors, microfluidic and MEMS/NEMS devices, including electrodes, electronic routing, heaters, mixers, valves, pumps, sensors, and interconnect structures. These devices can be fabricated on-chip or in a small packages together with other polymer and non-polymer microstructures, thus greatly increasing the functionality, portability and flexibility of such systems. The tutorial will cover the basics of how conductive and magnetic nanocomposite polymers obtain their unique characteristics; particle and polymer selection; and the preparation, micropatterning, and applications of nanocomposite polymers to sensors, MEMS/NEMS, and microfluidics.


Bonnie L Gray received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Davis in 2001. Dr. Gray has been a faculty member in Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, Canada, and Director of the Microinstrumentation Laboratory, since 2003. She is now an Associate Professor and has over 90 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications, as well as 4 invited book chapters, an issued patent on conductive nanocomposite materials, and another patent application on magnetic composite elastomers. Her current research interests include the application of novel nanocomposite materials and fabrication techniques to the development of microfluidic and electronic devices, as well as microfluidics, packaging, microassembly, microsystems for biological cell research, qPCR, surface plasmon optical sensing using nanohole arrays, and flexible polymer platforms for biomedical devices and wearable systems. Dr. Gray has been the Chapter Chair for the Vancouver IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) since April 2007 and has organized many technical sessions, including a Mini Colloquia in 2012. She is a former co-Counselor of the SFU IEEE Student Chapter. She was Chair of the 2014 SPIE Conference on Microfluidics, BioMEMS, & Medical Microsystems, and is a founding co-Counselor of the SFU SPIE Student Chapter.
The Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN),
Purdue University
Tutorial Abstract

Using in Research and Education – a Hands-on Workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation and supports the National Nanotechnology Initiative through a highly successful cyber-community for theory, modeling, and simulation that serves over 300,000 researchers, educators, students, and professionals annually. In the past 12 months, nanoHUB users performed over 500,000 simulations using 338 simulation tools, in the areas of nanoscience and related fields. nanoHUB resources extend beyond these powerful simulation tools and include over 4000 other content items, including recorded presentations and a variety of other materials. Suites of tools and learning material, called Tool Powered Curricula, are available in pre-packaged bundles assembled by nanoHUB scientists. nanoHUB-U offers five-week-long courses on a number of cutting-edge topics including the fundamentals of nanoelectronics, rechargeable batteries, and bioelectricity. The newly created education page ( provides curated pages for various topical areas as well as material appropriate for different educational levels. In addition, this powerful platform provides a collaborative environment through its group and project functionalities and is an established venue for deployment of scientific codes that allow developers to quickly and easily publish their existing code with a user-friendly graphical user interface.


This half-day workshop will cover:

1. An introduction to nanoHUB and what you can do with it
2. How to use nanoHUB simulation tools – our experts will guide you through the use of several specific tools covering multiple areas of research and education
3. How to contribute your own tool, including an overview of creating GUIs using the Rappture Toolkit

Attendees should bring a laptop to be able to participate fully in the workshop. Before the workshop begins, they should make sure that their browser version is up to date and that they have the latest versions of Java and Flash installed. Attendees should also sign up for a free nanoHUB account if they do not already have one, at the following page:

For more information, contact NCN at:

Sergey Edward Lyshevski Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering,
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623-5603, USA
Tutorial Abstract

NanoBioTechnology and Engineering at Nanoscale

This tutorial focuses on far-reaching frontiers of science, engineering and medicine enabled by recent fundamental discoveries and advancements in nanotechnology. Major emphasis will be focused on devising, design, fabrication and implementation of quantum-effect microscopic and macroscopic systems. Nano- and nanobio technology have enabled and empowered sensing, actuation and processing paradigms. Living organisms exhibit exceptional information processing, sensing and control utilizing a variety of quantum and electrochemomechanical mechanisms, transitions and transductions. Sensing and processing by molecular systems are accomplished utilizing novel mechanisms, principles, arithmetics, instructions, etc. In this tutorial, we will examine possible premises of physics and biophysics of sensing, measurements and processing by molecular systems. Our objectives are to: (1) Present a range of sensing and processing benchmarks exhibited by living organisms; (2) Perform transformative studies to devise and design engineered systems utilizing quantum effects; (3) Examine the first-principles, computational methods and consistent measurements to study biological and bio-inspired systems; (4) Develop a molecular level understanding of mechanisms, processes and functionality at nanoscale; (5) Enable sensing, characterization and evaluation of systems empowered by nano- and nanobio technologies; (6) Discuss the natural – engineered systems interactions; (7) Present bio-compliant detection, measurement and characterization solutions by using nanoscaled electronics and MEMS; (8) Assess and evaluate integrated microsystems with applications.

We focus on quantum-mechanical biophysics consistency, cohesiveness and coherency while examining and substantiating proposed paradigms. We will present quantum-mechanical concepts in order to examine processes and mechanisms on biological and bioinspired materials, devices and systems. In particular, photonics, biophotonics, electron transport and other quantum-mechanical phenomena are examined to enable sensing, interfacing and processing platforms.


Tel: (585) 475-4370

Sergey Edward Lyshevski was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He received M.S. (1980) and Ph.D. (1987) degrees from Kiev Polytechnic Institute, both in Electrical Engineering. From 1980 to 1992 Dr. Lyshevski held faculty positions at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Kiev Polytechnic Institute and the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. From 1989 to 1992 he was the Microelectronic and Electromechanical Systems Division Head at the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. From 1992 to 2002 he was with Purdue School of Engineering as an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In 2002, Dr. Lyshevski joined Rochester Institute of Technology as a professor of Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Lyshevski served as the Full Professor at the Air Force Research Laboratories, and, the Senior Faculty Fellow at the US Surface and Undersea Naval Warfare Centers. He is the author and co-author of 16 books and more than 300 journal articles, handbook chapters and regular conference papers. His current research activities are in the areas of microsystems, nanotechnology, molecular processing, MEMS and systems informatics. Dr. Lyshevski has made a significant contribution in design, analysis, optimization and implementation of advanced aerospace, automotive, electromechanical and naval systems. Dr. Lyshevski made more than 50 keynote talks and invited presentations nationally and internationally.


Stephan Breitkreutz

Institute for Technical Electronics,
Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM), Germany.
Tutorial Abstract

Nanomagnetic Logic – Non-volatile Majority Logic using Field-coupled Nanoscale Magnets: Current State and Future Challenges

Nanomagnetic Logic (NML) is an emerging low power information processing technology and one of the most promising beyond-CMOS device candidates. The principle idea is to utilize the magnetic field interaction of nonvolatile, field-coupled nanomagnets to perform boolean and non-boolean operations. Thereby the bistable magnetization state of the nanomagnets serves as state variable and is coded with logic '0' or logic '1'. The clocking and switching of the nanomagnets is nowadays realized by an externally applied magnetic field, the so-called clocking field. Depending on the anisotropy of the utilized magnetic material, the magnetization orientation of the nanomagnets can be in-plane (iNML) or perpendicular to the plane (pNML). In-plane NML (iNML) uses bistable single-domain Permalloy (Py) magnets with shape-dependent in-plane anisotropy. The nanodots are arranged in chains and arrays for signal propagation and logic operation. Perpendicular NML (pNML) uses magnets made from magnetic multilayer films showing shape-independent perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA), which is locally tuned by focused ion beam (FIB) irradiation to control the switching of the magnets. Thereby, the magnet is set sensitive to only specific neighbors (inputs) and therefore enable directed signal flow. Oersted switching and spin transfer torque (STT) devices (i.e. magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJ) and giant magneto-resistance (GMR) devices) are favorable for electrical integration of NML devices in hybrid CMOS/NML circuits. On-chip coils and current wires generating field pulses in the low GHz range are used to supply the clocking field.

The application of field-coupled nanomagnets to provide logic functionality brings, amongst others, two major advantages compared to conventional CMOS logic:
1. The inherent non-volatility of the magnets enables to combine memory and logic in a single device, which could revolutionize the design of future IC’s and is also perceived as a revolutionary approach in the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS).
2. The majority decision of NML gates utilizing the superposition of the magnetic stray fields of adjacent magnets to facilitate majority gates enables to dramatically decrease the circuit complexity.
The combination of these two outstanding characteristics is up to now provided by no other logic device. Further prominent features of NML are high density integration, low power computing, zero leakage, interconnect-free signal transmission and radiation hardness.

The Tutorial will introduce the basics of magnetic computing (material, fabrication technology, logic computation, reading / writing of magnetic states, CMOS integration) and give an overview of the two implementation versions in-plane NML and perpendicular NML. Afterwards current and future challenges (scalability, power consumption, speed, design techniques and architectures, system integration, signal flow, reliability) will be discussed. Finally, required advances in technology to meet these challenges will be outlined (material and technology improvements, architecture, etc.).


Stephan Breitkreutz is member of the research group for Nanomagnetic Logic Devices (NML) at the Institute for Technical Electronics at Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany. He is currently involved in the design, fabrication and simulation of NML devices and circuitry. His research interests include the development and fabrication as well as modeling and simulation of NML and other novel magnetic devices. He developed integrated signal flow in NML devices (2011) and demonstrated the first majority gate (2012) and full adder circuit (2013) in perpendicular NML. Besides, he is an expert in focused ion beam techniques and magneto-optical microscopy. In 2012, he became an IEEE member and joined the IEEE Magnetics Society.

Stephan Breitkreutz has authored and co-authored more than 30 publications, including one paper at the 2013 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) and one book chapter. He contributed the part about Nanomagnetic Logic to the upcoming Magnetism Roadmap. He gave several presentations at leading conferences on electrical engineering, magnetism and nanotechnology (e.g. ESSDERC 2011, IEDM 2013, MMM 2011 & 2013, IEEE NANO 2011). In 2013 he received the Best Poster Award for his studies about compact modeling of perpendicular NML at the 58th Annual Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (MMM, Denver, USA).