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16/11/2020 Tomás Palacios and Jesús del Álamo 17/11/2020 Vladimir Bulovic

The Power of Nanotechnology

Life and Matter Sciences International Symposium November, 16 and 17, 2020; 19:00 hours ONLINE

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Symposium 2020 MIT - Fundación Ramón Areces

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Fundación Ramón Areces

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT - ILP)


Eduardo GarridoProgram Director, Corporate Relations MIT. 

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Join us at the 2020 MIT – Fundacion Ramon Areces Symposium, to explore the power of nano.

A nanometer is a mere one billionth of a meter. If you were to travel 50,000 nanometers, you'd only be halfway across the width of a human hair. But researchers have discovered that matter at this scale behaves in revolutionary ways. Twenty-five years of intensive research now gives us the power to reshape our world from the nanoscale up.

It's like lifting a corner of the periodic table and discovering another version underneath—one that lists the same elements, but with entirely new properties for the compounds and materials they form. Now, for elements across the periodic table, MIT scientists and engineers are revealing astonishing new behaviors—and inventing powerful ways to put them to work.

At this symposium, you’ll learn how three highly recognized MIT faculty are leading the way to advance disruptive research on this topic, from the extreme materials revolution and 3D integration, to the dawn of the nano age.

November 16 - Tomás Palacios : The Extreme Materials Revolution: From Computers in Venus to Synthetic Cells

The end of traditional transistor scaling brings unprecedented new opportunities to semiconductor devices and electronics. In this new era, heterogeneous integration of new materials becomes key in order to add new functionality and value to electronic chips. This talk will review some examples of these new opportunities, including 1. Gallium Nitride vertical power transistors and CMOS logic for a much more efficient electric grid; 2. One-layer-thick molybdenum disulfide wi-fi energy harvesters to enable ubiquitous electronics; 3. High temperature CMOS technology to power future missions to Venus; and 4. A new generation of cell-sized autonomous electronic microsystems to revolutionize environmental monitoring and healthcare. The talk will conclude with a reflection on how the democratization of heterogeneous integration and the unique properties of extreme materials will transform our society, just as Moore’s law has done for the last 50 years.

November 16 -  Jesús del Álamo: 3D integration: above and beyond Moore’s Law

Much has been written about “The End of Moore’s Law” for over a decade. The term evokes a picture of stalled computing performance. Reality is far from this doomsday scenario and the outlook of information processing technology appears brighter than ever. Certainly, as transistor footprint scaling is quickly approaching a regime in which “smaller is no longer better,” a radical redirection is mandatory. The new path is the third dimension, piling transistors on top of each other in a 3D construction. The promise goes beyond the integration of more transistors per unit area to keep the economic incentives behind Moore’s Law. The third dimension opens new possibilities to bring together logic and memory and break the “memory wall”, the current bottleneck for system performance. Intimate memory and logic integration will also enable artificial intelligence chips capable of efficiently processing very large data sets. This talk will outline opportunities and challenges for future IC technologies while showcasing relevant MIT research on new materials, devices, and process technology.

November 17 - Vladimir Bulovic: At the Dawn of the Nano Age: MIT.nano and the Future of Discovery

MIT.nano, a research center for nanoscience and nanotechnology located at the heart of the MIT campus, opened in 2018, and is designed to bring together the collective creative power of MIT researchers and global partners.  With nano-scale advancements we are reimagining Health and Life Sciences, Energy, Computing, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Quantum Science, …  That is because nano is not a specific technology. It does not belong to a particular industry or discipline. It is, rather, a revolutionary way of understanding and working with matter, and it is the key to launching the next Innovation Age, the Nano Age. 

MIT.nano is now shaped as a comprehensive 200,000 sqft shared facility, designed to give researchers and innovators access to broad and versatile toolsets that can do more – from imaging to synthesis, fabbing, and prototyping – entirely within the facility’s protective envelope. Opening of MIT.nano also marked the beginning of a new era of nano-education at MIT, with hands-on learning spaces and advanced teaching tools integrated throughout the facility. On the top floor of MIT.nano, a versatile suite of prototyping labs is further designed to support incubation and initial growth of start-up-companies.  There, inventors can translate nano-scale advancements into hand-held systems, transitioning academic pursuits into prototypes for a better World.  Quantifying and analyzing technology translations from MIT.nano will give insights into the steps comprising the innovation process, which we expect will enable us to transform the mere art of innovation into a systematic science.  Knowledge and insights gained MIT.nano is committed to share broadly, so we can accelerate the advancements of the Nano Age through both act and deed.  In his talk, Bulović will describe the latest works of MIT’s campus discoveries.   He will share his vision for the innovation journeys MIT and its partners can take together in the labs of MIT.nano, delivering breakthrough solutions and spurring public narratives that can define our time.

Monday, November, 16

19:00 h.

Symposium online: The Power of Nanotechnology 

Welcome and Introduction:    

Raimundo Pérez-Hernández y Torra   
Director Fundación Ramón Areces.


The Extreme Materials Revolution: From Computers in Venus to Synthetic Cells 

Tomás Palacios   
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Head, Advanced Semiconductor Materials and Devices Group .


3D integration: above and beyond Moore’s Law  

Jesús del Álamo   
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Head, Xtreme Transistors Group.


Wrap up and closing:    

Karl Koster   
Executive Director, MIT Office of Corporate Relations.


Tuesday, November, 17

19:00 h.

Symposium online: The Power of Nanotechnology 

Welcome and Introduction:    

Karl Koster   
Executive Director, MIT Office of Corporate Relations.


At the Dawn of the Nano Age: MIT.nano and the Future of Discovery 

Vladimir Bulovic   
Professor of Emerging Technologies. Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. Founding Faculty Director, MIT.nano. Director, Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Lab.


Wrap up and closing:    

Raimundo Pérez-Hernández y Torra   
Director Fundación Ramón Areces.

  Tomás Palacios

Tomás Palacios is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He received his PhD from the University of California - Santa Barbara in 2006, and his undergraduate degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain). His current research focuses on new electronic devices and applications for novel semiconductor materials, such as graphene and gallium nitride. His work has been recognized with multiple awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the 2012 and 2019 IEEE George Smith Award, and the NSF, ONR, and DARPA Young Faculty Awards, among many others. Prof. Palacios is the founder and director of the MIT MTL Center for Graphene Devices and 2D Systems, as well as the Chief Advisor and co-founder of Cambridge Electronics, Inc. He is a Fellow of IEEE.

   Jesús del Álamo

Jesús del Álamo is the Donner Professor and Professor of Electrical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He obtained a Telecommunications Engineer degree from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. From 1985 to 1988 he was with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone LSI Laboratories in Japan, and since 1988 he has been with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2013 until 2019, he served as Director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at MIT. His current research interests are focused on nanoelectronics based on compound semiconductors and ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors.

Prof. del Álamo was an NSF Presidential Young Investigator. He is a member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society. He is the recipient of the Intel Outstanding Researcher Award in Emerging Research Devices, the Semiconductor Research Corporation Technical Excellence Award, the IEEE Electron Devices Society Education Award, the University Researcher Award by Semiconductor Industry Association and Semiconductor Research Corporation, the IPRM Award and the IEEE Cledo Brunetti Award. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Electron Device Letters. He is the author of “Integrated Microelectronic Devices: Physics and Modeling” (Pearson 2017, 880 pages), a rigorous and up to date description of transistors and other contemporary microelectronic devices.


  Vladimir Bulovic

Vladimir Bulovic is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holding the Fariborz Maseeh Chair in Emerging Technologies.  He directs the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Laboratory, co-leads the MIT-Eni Solar Frontiers Center, leads the Tata GridEdge program, and is the Founding Director of MIT.nano, MIT's new 200,000 sqft nano-fabrication, nano-characterization, and prototyping facility. He is an author of over 250 research articles (cited over 50,000 times and recognized as the top 1% of the most highly cited in the Web of Science). He is an inventor of over 100 U.S. patents in areas of light emitting diodes, lasers, photovoltaics, photodetectors, chemical sensors, programmable memories, and micro-electro machines, majority of which have been licensed and utilized by both start-up and multinational companies.  

The three start-up companies Bulovic co-founded, jointly employ over 350 people, and include Ubiquitous Energy, Inc., developing nanostructured solar technologies, Kateeva, Inc., focused on development of printed electronics, and QD Vision, Inc. (acquired in 2016) that produced quantum dot optoelectronic components.  Products of these companies have been used by millions.  Bulovic was the first Associate Dean for Innovation of the School of Engineering and the Inaugural co-Director of MIT’s Innovation Initiative, which he co-led from 2013 to 2018. For his passion for teaching, Bulovic has been recognized with the MacVicar Fellowship, MIT’s highest teaching honor. He completed his Electrical Engineering B.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees at Princeton University.



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