Devices and Materials for Biology and Medicine
This area focuses on CMOS-LSIs, micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), and other devices for biological and medical applications. Bio-CMOS, Bio-M/NEMS and other biosensing devices are becoming important tools for fulfilling current and future biomedical needs. Interdisciplinary research of microelectronic devices with materials and techniques in the chemical, biological, and medical fields is expected to open the door to new scientific explorations and new business opportunities. Papers are solicited in the following areas (but are not limited to these areas): (1) MEMS/NEMS for RF, optical, power and biomaterial applications; (2) micro-total analysis systems (µ-TAS) and labs-on-a chip; (3) devices for bio-applications, such as biochips and biosensors; (4) fabrication technologies and surface/interface modification techniques for bio-functionalization; (5) bio-membrane characterization; (6) new integrated micro/nano systems and imaging systems for biochemical and medical applications; and (7) characterization of photo/electronic properties of devices and materials in aqueous or biological environments. Some topics for MEMS are closely related to those in Area 5, so a joint session with Areas 5 and 11 is planned for the conference.
Spintronics Materials and Devices
This area covers spintronics materials and devices, including spin-related phenomena and physics of spintronics devices. Papers are solicited in the following areas (but not limited to these areas): (1) magnetic materials, including (a) metallic, semiconducting and insulating magnetic materials, (b) half-metallic ferromagnets, and (c) multiferroic materials, (2) magnetic heterostructures and nanostructures, (3) spin-dependent transport and optical properties, (4) spintronics devices (magnetic tunnel junctions, GMR devices, spin injection/detection in semiconductors, spin-transistors, high-frequency devices, magnetic sensors, spin LEDs, optical isolators and optical switches), (5) Circuit applications (nonvolatile memory and logic), and (6) quantum information processing using spin states.
Application of Nanotubes, Nanowires, and Graphene
All kinds of applications using nanotubes and nanowires are included in the scope of this area. Nanotubes and nanowires, e.g., carbon nanotube, BN nanotube, Si nanowire, compound semiconductor nanowire, layered nanowire, etc. are all included. Graphene and molecular nanostructures are also within our scope. Applications using these materials in the scope are as follows; (1) Active electronic and optical devices, e.g., FET, HEMT, optical transistor, optical switch, and quantum devices including single electron transistor(SET), SET logics, resonant tunneling devices, quantum computing devices and so on. (2) All kinds of sensors, e.g., bio sensors, gas sensors, pressure sensors, acceleration sensors and so on. (3) Application for passive elements, e.g., wiring and via technology for future LSI and so on. (4) Nanomechanical application, e.g., probe applications for STM/AFM, tweezers, motors, oscillators and so on. (5) Fundamental research related to those applications of nanotubes, nanowires, and graphene, e.g., new growth process, large area synthesis and so on. (6) New evaluation technology, e.g., TEM, SEM, atom probe, Raman scattering, photo luminescence and so on. (7) Theoretical analysis of device physics, new physics in the nanotubes, nanowires and graphene, e.g., Tomonaga liquid, one- and two- dimensional quantum transport, Dirac Fermions and so on. Joint sessions with regard to graphene and nanowires will be held in conjunction with Area 8 and Area 9.
Power Devices and Materials
This area focuses on power devices and materials. The scope covers all aspects of power semiconductor device materials, technologies and applications. Papers are solicited in the following areas (but are not limited to these areas): (1) Materials; Si, SiC, GaN and related alloys, Diamond and others for power semiconductor devices. (2) Physical properties and characterization; physical properties of materials, characterization of defects, interfaces and surfaces, characterization methodology and so on. (3) Processes and their characterization/simulation; crystal growth, doping, etching and polishing, gate dielectric formation, passivation, metallization, lithographic techniques and so on. (4) Device physics and simulation/modeling; novel device concept, power ICs (isolation techniques, SOI, monolithic vs. hybrid, ESD, etc.), high and low power devices and so on. (5) Packaging, module and interconnection technologies; high-temperature operation, high speed operation, EMI analysis, stress analysis, reliability and yield analyses, integration methodology and so on. (6) Applications; circuit and device interaction, system evaluation methodology and so on. A part of sessions will be jointly organized with Area 6.
Photovoltaic Materials and Devices
This area focuses on materials, processes, devices and modules of photovoltaics which contribute to the energy resource saving as well as the greenhouse gas reduction. The scope covers all aspects of photovoltaic technologies and applications. Papers are solicited in the following areas (but are not limited to these areas): (1) Materials; single/multicrystalline Si, amorphous/microcrystalline Si, CIGS, CZTS, CdTe, III-V, dye, organic semiconductors, quantum dots and transparent conductive oxide for solar cells, and so on. (2) Processes and their characterization; crystal growth, thin-film formation, in-situ monitoring, novel characterization methods, and so on. (3) Device physics and simulation/modeling; novel device concept, ultra-high efficiency solar cells, and so on. (4) Module technologies; encapsulation and interconnector materials, stress and thermal analyses, reliability analyses, and so on. (5) PV systems; power conditioner and grid technologies, and so on. Joint session on "Organic Solar Cells" will be planned with Area 10.
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