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June 22nd, 2021

The submission for Late Breaking News extended (2 page) abstracts is now open. Deadline is August 10 October 15 (revised). Final abstracts due September 11 October 30 (revised).

See Call for Papers page for details.




April 23rd, 2021

The status of the IEEE-NMDC Conferences impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • IEEE NMDC 2020 originally planned in Nanjing, China became a virtual symposium on October 26-27; the organizers will now host¬† IEEE NMDC 2022 on October 16-19, 2022, still in Nanjing.
  • IEEE NMDC 2021, colocated with CEIDP 2021, is planned to be held at the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel, Oct. 17-20, 2021 December 12-15, 2021 Vancouver, Canada.

Please note that due to COVID-19, we may face uncertainty related to travel options and restrictions as well as economic impacts. While we have planned for a face-to-face meeting, we are prepared to take contingency steps that include provisions for remote participation and attendance. Updates will be provided at the IEEE NMDC 2021 website.

  • IEEE NMDC 2023 will be held in Italy.

Solicitation of hosting proposals is open for IEEE NMDC 2024.

April 16th, 2021

The submission deadline for Short Abstracts has been extended to May 15, 2021.

See Call for Papers page for details.

Prospective authors are invited to submit high quality papers reporting original results under the broad theme, and in all areas of nanotechnology materials and devices Best Conference Papers and Best Student Papers will be awarded Information for Authors including Submission Instructions and requirements can be found on these pages.


October 30th, 2020

Nanomaterials and Light for Sustainability and Societal Impact

Naomi Halas, Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University


Metallic nanoparticles, used since antiquity to impart intense, vibrant color into materials, then brought to scientific attention in the 19th century as “Faraday’s colloid”, have more recently become a central tool in the nanoscale manipulation of light. When excited by light, metallic nanoparticles undergo a coherent oscillation of their conduction electrons- known as a plasmon- which is responsible for their strong light-matter interactions and properties. While the scientific foundation of this field has been built on noble and coinage metals (most typically gold or silver), more recently we have begun to question whether the same, or similar properties can also be realized in more sustainable materials. Aluminum, the most abundant metal on our planet, can support high-quality plasmonic properties spanning the UV-to-IR region of the spectrum. Coupling a plasmonic nanoantenna directly to catalytic nanoparticles transforms the entire complex into an efficient light-controlled catalyst capable of driving chemical reactions under surprisingly mild, low temperature conditions. This new type of light-based catalyst can be utilized for remediating greenhouse gases, and converting them to useful molecules for industry, or benign molecules for a cleaner planet. We have previously introduced photothermal effects for biomedical therapeutics; now, years after their initial demonstration, this approach is being utilized in human trials for the precise and highly localized ablation of cancerous regions of the prostate, eliminating the highly deleterious side effects characteristic of conventional prostate cancer therapies. Photothermal effects can also be harvested for sustainability applications, which we have most recently demonstrated in an off-grid solar thermal desalination system that transforms membrane distillation into a scalable water purification process.


Dr. Naomi J. Halas holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Materials Science and Nanoengineering, and Bioengineering. She is best known as the first person to demonstrate that controlling the geometry of metallic nanoparticles determines their color. She pursues studies of plasmonic and nanophotonic systems and their applications. She is author of more than 300 refereed publications, has more than 20 issued patents, and has presented more than 500 invited talks. She has been awarded the APS Frank Isakson Prize and Julius Lilienfeld Prize, the R. W. Wood Prize of the OSA, the ACS Award in Colloid Chemistry, and the Spiers Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Halas has been elected to the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering (U.S.), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


October 25th, 2020

16th IEEE Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference (IEEE NMDC 2021) Call for Papers

IEEE NMDC 2021 sponsored by IEEE Nanotechnology Council (NTC) will be held in the Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel located in the center of Vancouver, BC, Canada from October 17th to 20th, 2021. The conference will be co-located with another conference – IEEE CEIDP (Conference on Electrical Insulation and Dielectric Phenomena) sponsored by IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS).

IEEE NMDC is a well-received international conference and has been held annually rotating in different parts of the world, having the last two editions in Stockholm, Sweden in 2019 and Virtually (due to COVID-19 restrictions) in 2020. IEEE NMDC aims to highlight current work and future directions in nanotechnology-related research in the areas of nanomaterials and fabrications, nanoelectronics, nano-energy, packaging, nanophotonics, bioengineering, modeling and simulation, devices, and integration. This conference brings together key researchers from every sector in the nanotechnology research field, with a special focus on materials and devices.


The technical program for NMDC 2021 provides a wide variety of topics that emphasize the role of nanoscale phenomena, materials and devices in established and emerging technological areas. Before submitting abstracts, researchers are encouraged to examine the Technical Program Areas to identify the ones that most closely reflect the emphasis of their work.

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