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The goals of this Committee are to establish, develop, promote and support cooperation among researchers, industry & academia involved in different fields of nanotechnology instrumentation and measurement. Topics of these cooperations include:

-Sensors for the measurement of nanotechnology properties. Many new or improved sensors are continuously developed that allow new or more accurate measurements to be performed.

-Promote the use of a variety of imaging techniques and methodologies in the fields of instrumentation, measurement, and test, such as scanning probe microscopy, electron microscopy and more.

-Instrument and procedure characterisation. Nanotechnology instruments and related data processing depend deeply upon the training and background of the researcher who uses them.

-Promote the exchange of technical advances among experimentalists and theorists working in different areas of the field.

-Maintain a list of research laboratory capabilities and researcher contact information for nanomaterial and nanosensor characterization.

-Promote the utilization of such technologies in real applications.

-Address the increasing demand for performance and functionality in nanomaterials and nanotechnology.

-Address the increasing need for common terminology throughout nanotechnology.

-Instrument interoperativity and interconnection. Most analyses are obtained by combining test results generated by different instruments. The 'data fusion' is often performed by the scientist or engineer only at the end of the measurement process, but a standard format for raw data generated by the different instruments could greatly improve quality and performance. Standards may need to be developed to promote these ends.

-Attract interest of the scientific, academic and industrial communities in the exploration of advanced instrumentation and measurement methods in nanotechnology.

-Capture and disseminate technical information relative to the field via workshops, conferences, and formal papers.

-Maintain liaison with other groups, societies, and organizations working in the same or related fields while promoting the instrumentation and measurement aspects at nanotechnology conferences and in international standards.

This is a young committee: we need your help to have it growing and making it useful for the scientific community of both nanotech instrument and measurement researchers!


Chair and IEEE Nanotechnology Council - Society Representative

Aimé Lay-Ekuakille


University of Salento, Italy




Short biography

Aimé Lay-Ekuakille (SM’12), is with the University of Salento, He received the MD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bari (Italy), the MD in Clinical Engineering from the University of L’Aquila (Italy), the Ph.D in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic of Bari (Italy). Director of Instrumentation and Measurement Lab at University of Salento. He is a former Technical Manager of different private and public institutions. He is currently scientific advisor of Italian national committee for IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control, and health issues) and Senior advisor of the Italian Ministry of Environment. Since January 2010, he serves as  untenured Associate Professor at MMC of Kenya (Nairobi) in the area of Measurements and Instrumentation, and Guest Professor of sensor signal processing at Chemnitz Technical University (Germany) . He is in the boards of different international journals, namely, Associate Editor of IEEE Sensors Journal and Measurement (Elsevier). He is  the founding Editor-in-Chief of the “International Journal of Measurement Technologies and Instrumentation Engineering" (IJMTIE) published by the US IGI  Global. He chairs the IEEE I&M Society TC34 “Nanotechnology in Instrumentation and Measurement”, and is part of IEEE Nanotechnology Council AdCom.  He serves as member of IEEE Sensors Nominations & Awards Committee for 2013, chairman of Imeko TC19 “Environmental Measurements”. Aimé Lay-Ekuakille is a member of IEEE, particularly of IEEE EMBS and IEEE IMS. His main researches regard Environmental, industrial and Biomedical instrumentation & measurements even using nanotechnology devices. Renewable energy is also his niche area of research. He authored and co-authored more than 190 papers on International journals and proceedings. He co-edited 3 international books and also authored and authored 2 international books (in progress).


List of 20 recent significant papers published on international journals and conferences  and related to nanotechnology


International journals

S. Casciaro, P. Pisani, G. Soloperto, A. Greco, A. Lay-Ekuakille, F. Conversano,   An Innovative Ultrasound Signal Processing Technique to Selectively  Detect Nanosized Contrast Agents in Echographic Images, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement, Vol.64, n.8, pp 2136-2145, august 2015,  DOI: 10.1109/TIM.2015.2408796

A. Lay-Ekuakille, G.Griffo,  P. Vergallo, A. Massaro, F. Spano, G. Gigli,  Implantable Neurorecording Sensing System: Wireless Transmission of Measurements, IEEE Sensors Journal, Special Issue on “Advancing Standards for Smart Transducer Interfaces”, Vol.15, n.5, pp. 2603 - 2613,  2015

N.I. Giannoccaro, A. Massaro, L. Spedicato and A. Lay-Ekuakille, Detection Analysis of Small Notches Damages Using a New Tactile Optical Device, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 20, n.1, pp.313-320, 2015.

N. I. Giannoccaro, A. Massaro,  L. Spedicato, A. Lay-Ekuakille, M. Missori, M.A. Malvindi, Characterization of an Innovative Like-Eye Sensor for Feature Detection and Robot Sensing Measurement, Measurement, vol.55, pp.153-167, 2014.

G. Soloperto, F. Conversano , A. Greco , E. Casciaro , A. Ragusa , S. Leporatti , A. Lay-Ekuakille, S. Casciaro, Multiparametric Evaluation of the Acoustic Behaviour of Halloysite Nanotubes for Medical Echographic Image Enhancement, IEEE   Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement, vol. 63, n.6, pp. 1423 – 1430, 2014

 F. Conversano, A. Greco, E. Casciaro, A. Ragusa, A. Lay-Ekuakille, S. Casciaro,  Harmonic Ultrasound Imaging of Nanosized Contrast Agents for Multimodal Molecular Diagnoses,  IEEE   Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement, vol.61, issue 7, pp. 1848-1856, 2012 

F. Conversano, R. Franchini, S. Casciaro, A. Lay Ekuakille , In Vitro Evaluation and Theoretical Modelling of the Dissolution Behaviour of a Microbubble Contrast Agent for Echographic Imaging, IEEE Sensors Journal, vol.12, n.3, pp. 496-503, 2012

A. Massaro, F. Spano, A. Lay-Ekuakille, P. Cazzato, R. Cingolani, A. Athanassiou, Design and Characterization of Nanocomposite Pressure Sensor Implemented in Tactile Robotic System, IEEE   Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement, vol. 60, n.8,  pp 2967 – 2975, 2011


International conferences

A. Lay-Ekuakille, G. Griffo, A. Massaro, G. Cicala, G. Gigli, F. Conversano, S. Casciaro, Nanocircuits for a Bio-Implantable System in Brain Signal Acquisition, Nanofim2015, july 24-25, 2015, Lecce, Italy

A. Lay-Ekuakille, G. Cicala, A. Massaro, L. Velardi, G.S. Senesi, Diamonds Film for Electrical and Electronic Circuitry, Nanofim2015, july 24-25, 2015, Lecce, Italy

 F. Spano, A. Massaro, A. Lay-Ekuakille, R.M. Rossi, AFM Laser Texturing on Chitosan/Au nanocomposite Materials for Lithography Technique, Nanofim2015, july 24-25, 2015, Lecce, Italy

S. Casciaro, F. Conversano, P. Pisani, A. Greco, E. Casciaro, M. Di Paola, R. Franchini,  S. Leporatti, G. Gigli, A. Lay-Ekuakille, Ultrasound Signal Enhancement of Halloysite Clay Nanotubes at Medical Diagnostic Frequencies, Nanofim2015, july 24-25, 2015, Lecce, Italy

R. Franchini, E. Casciaro, F. Conversano, S. Casciaro, A. Lay-Ekuakille, Comparative Assessment of the MRI Enhancement  Power of Novel Nanosystems Through Theoretical  Simulations, Nanofim2015, july 24-25, 2015, Lecce, Italy

S. Casciaro, G. Soloperto, A. Greco, F. Conversano, A. Lay-Ekuakille, Multi-Frequency Differential Image Enhancement of Nanosized Ultrasound Contrast Agents, 2014 IEEE MeMea, June, 11-12, 2014, Lisbon, Portugal

S. Casciaro, G. Soloperto,  F. Conversano, E. Casciaro, A. Greco,  S. Leporatti,  A. Lay-Ekuakille, G. Gigli,   Automatic Image Detection of Halloysite Clay Nanotubes as a Future Ultrasound Theranostic Agent for Tumoral Cell Targeting and Treatment,  I2MTC 2014, May 12-15, 2014, Montevideo, Uruguay 

G. Soloperto,  F. Conversano,  E.  Casciaro,  A. Greco,  G. Gigli, A. Lay-Ekuakille, S. Casciaro,  Laser Fluence and Exposure Time Effects on Optoacoustic Signal from Gold Nanorods for Enhanced Medical Imaging, ,  I2MTC 2014, May 12-15, 2014, Montevideo, Uruguay 

G. Soloperto, F. Conversano, A. Greco, E. Casciaro, A. Ragusa, A. Lay-Ekuakille, S. Casciaro, Assessment of the Enhancement Potential of Halloysite Nanotubes for Echographic Imaging, 2013 IEEE MEMEA, 4-5 May, 2013, Gatineau – Ottawa, Canada


Deputy- Chair

Cindy Harnett


University of Louiseville, USA





Short biography

Cindy Harnett is an associate prof in Electrical and Computer Eng, who came to UofL in 2006. She was previously at Sandia National Laboratories (CA) for four years, before that was a postdoc/Ph.D. student in the Applied and Engineering Physics program at Cornell University.


Research interest is in three overlapping areas: bendable microelectromechanical structures (MEMS), microfluidics, and sensor networks. Am exploring flexible structures with more than one stable shape, because they can perform ultra-low-power actuation and sensing. Also looking to these compliant structures for new electrode geometries in microfluidic lab-on-a-chip systems.



Deputy- Chair

Olfa Kanoun


Technical University Chemnitz, Gemany



Short biography

Olfa Kanoun is  a full professor  for measurement and sensor technology at Chemnitz  University of Technology, Germany. She studied electrical engineering and information technology at the Technical University in Munich from 1989 to 1996, where she specialized in the field of electronics. During her PhD at the University of the Bundeswehr in Munich she developed a novel calibration free temperature measurement method, which was awarded in  2001 by the Commission of Professors in Measurement Technology (AHMT e. V.) in  Germany.As senior scientist from 2001-2006 she founded a working group on impedance spectroscopy and carried out  since then simultaneously research on energy autonomous sensor systems for wireless sensors in smart home applications. In her research she focuses on  diverse aspects  sensors, measurement systems and measurement methods for improving sensory information  increasing flexibility and by using smart materials. On-going research  projects  are  focusing on battery diagnosis methods, material testing by impedance spectroscopy, availability and conversion of ambient energy, design of energy autonomous systems, energy conversion from electrostatic field, smart energy management, strain and pressure measurement by sensors based on carbon nanotubes (CNT).




Marco Carminati


Polytechnic of Milan, Italy



Short biography

M. Carminati, born in 1981, received B.Sc. and M.Sc. both cum laude in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2003 and 2005 respectively, with a master thesis on avionics and MEMS sensors data fusion based on Kalman filtering. Member of IEEE (CAS and I&M societies) since 2007, received PhD in Electronics in 2010 with full marks and with a PhD thesis on low-noise instrumentation for nano-scale electrochemistry. In 2008 he was awarded a Rocca Fellowship and spent a semester at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA, USA) working at RLE on BioMEMS and microfluidics. Since 2016 he is Assistant Professor at Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria of Politecnico di Milano working in the field of sensors and low-noise circuits and innovative instruments for current (femtoAmpere resolution) and impedance (zeptoFarad) measurements with application to micro- and nano-(bio) science and radiation detectioo. He has been supervising the activity of several master and PhD students and has been involved in several national and international projects. Since 2014 he is member of GE association and contract professor of the Biochip master course at Politecnico di Milano. He has been awarded 2 best paper awards at IEEE conferences (ICECS 2012, SSD 2014) and presented as Keynote Speaker at IWIS 2014 and IMEKO TC-19 2014 conferences. He is author of about 90 peer-reviewed publications, 8 book chapters and holds three patents. Since 2015 he serves as secretary of the TC-34 “Nanotechnology in Instrumentation and Measurement” of the IEEE I&M Society.


List of 20 recent significant papers published on international journals and conferences  and related to nanotechnology


International journals

D. Melati, M. Carminati, S. Grillanda, G. Ferrari, F. Morichetti, M. Sampietro, A. Melloni, “Contactless integrated photonic probe for light monitoring in indium phosphide-based devices,” IET Optoelectronics in press

C. Caviglia, K. Zór, S. Canepa, M. Carminati, L. B. Larsen, R. Raiteri, T. L. Andresen, A. Heiskanen and J. Emnéus, “Interdependence of initial cell density, drug concentration and exposure time revealed by real-time impedance spectroscopic cytotoxicity assay” Analyst, vol. 140, pp. 3623-3629 doi: 10.1039/C5AN00097A

C. Caviglia, K. Zór, L. Montini, V.Tilli, S. Canepa, F. Melander, H. B. Muhammad, M.Carminati, G. Ferrari, R. Raiteri, A. Heiskanen, T. L. Andresen, J. Emnéus, “Impedimetric toxicity assay in microfluidics using free and liposome encapsulated anti-cancer drugs” Analytical Chemistry, vol. 87, pp. 2204-2212, 2015, doi: 10.1021/ac503621d.

M. Carminati, S. Grillanda, P.Ciccarella, G. Ferrari, M. J. Strain, M. Sampietro, A. Melloni, F. Morichetti, “Fiber to Waveguide Alignment Assisted by a Transparent Integrated Light Monitor” IEEE Photon. Tech. Lett., vol. 27, pp. 510-513, 2015, doi: 10.1109/LPT.2014.2383495.

S. Grillanda, F. Morichetti, N. Peserico, P. Ciccarella, A. Annoni, M. Carminati, A. Melloni, “Non-Invasive Monitoring of Mode-Division Multiplexed Channels on a Silicon Photonic Chip” IEEE J. Lightwave Tech., vol. 33, pp. 1197-1201, 2015, doi: 10.1109/JLT.2014.2377558.

K. Zór, A. Heiskanen, C. Caviglia, M. Vergani, E. Landini, F. Shah, M. Carminati, et al. “A compact multifunctional microfluidic platform for exploring cellular dynamics in real-time using electrochemical detection” RSC Advances, vol. 4, pp. 63761-63771, 2014, doi: 10.1039/C4RA12632G.

M. Carminati, L. Pedalà, E. Bianchi, F. Nason, G. Dubini, L. Cortelezzi, G. Ferrari, M. Sampietro, “Capacitive detection of micrometric airborne particulate matter for solid-state personal air quality monitors”, Sens. Act. A, vol. 219, no. 1, pp. 80-87, 2014, doi: 10.1016/j.sna.2014.09.003.

S. Grillanda, M. Carminati, F. Morichetti, P. Ciccarella, A. Annoni, G. Ferrari, M. Strain, M. Sorel, M. Sampietro, A. Melloni, “Noninvasive monitoring and control in silicon photonics using CMOS integrated electronics,” Optica, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 129-135, 2014, doi: 10.1364/OPTICA.1.000129.

M. Dimaki, M. Vergani, A. Heiskanen, D. Kwasny, L. Sasso, M. Carminati, J. A. Gerrard, J. Emneus, and W. E. Svendsen, “A Compact Microelectrode Array Chip with Multiple Measuring Sites for Electrochemical Applications” Sensors, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 9505-9521, 2014, doi:10.3390/s140609505.

F. Morichetti, S. Grillanda, M. Carminati, G. Ferrari, M. Sampietro, M.J. Strain, M. Sorel, A. Melloni, “Non-invasive on-chip light observation by contactless waveguide conductivity monitoring” IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quant. Electron., vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 292-301, 2014, doi: 10.1109/JSTQE.2014.2300046.


International conferences

S. Grillanda, F. Morichetti, N. Peserico, P. Ciccarella, A. Annoni, M. Carminati, M. Sampietro, and A. Melloni, “Hitless Monitoring of Wavelength and Mode-Division Multiplexed Channels on a Silicon Photonic Chip” Proc. OFC, 2015, doi: 10.1364/OFC.2015.W1A.3.

Annoni, F. Morichetti, S. Grillanda, N. Peserico, M. Carminati, P. Ciccarella, G. Ferrari, M. Sampietro, A. Melloni, “Feedback and control in integrated optics enabled by contactLess integrated photonic probe” Proc. SPIE 9367, Silicon Photonics X, 2015, doi:10.1117/12.2082786.

S. Grillanda, F. Morichetti, M. Carminati, P. Ciccarella, A. Annoni, G. Ferrari, M. Sampietro, A. Melloni, “Wavelength tuning, locking and swapping of a silicon photonics microring resonator by transparent light monitor,” Proc. Europ. Conf. Optical Communications, pp.1-3, 2014 doi: 10.1109/ECOC.2014.6964090.

S. Grillanda, M. Carminati, F. Morichetti, A. Annoni, P. Ciccarella, G. Ferrari, M. Sampietro and A. Melloni, "Wavelength locking of a silicon microring resonator assisted by contactLess integrated photonic probe," Proc. Int. Conf. Group IV Photo, pp. 124-125 2014 doi: 10.1109/Group4.2014.6961958

S. Grillanda, F. Morichetti, M. Carminati, P. Ciccarella, G. Ferrari, M. Sampietro, and A. Melloni, "Transparent monitoring of light in integrated optics," Proc. European Conference on Integrated Optics (ECIO) 2014.

G. Gervasoni, M. Carminati, G. Ferrari, E. Albisetti, D. Petti, P. Sharma, R. Bertacco, M. Sampietro “A 12-Channel Dual-Lock-In Platform for Magnetoresistive DNA Detection with ppm Resolution” Proc. IEEE BioCAS, pp. 316-319, 2014, doi: 10.1109/BioCAS.2014.6981726.

M. Carminati, S. Grillanda, P. Ciccarella, F. Morichetti, G. Bellotti, D.Bianchi, G. Ferrari, A. Melloni, and M. Sampietro, "Impedance-Based Transparent Monitoring of Light for Local Control of Integrated Photonic Circuits", Procedia Eng. vol. 87, pp. 1545-1548, 2014, doi: 10.1016/j.proeng.2014.11.594.

E. Bianchi, F. Nason, M. Carminati, L. Pedalà, L. Cortelezzi, G. Ferrari, M. Sampietro, G. Dubini, “Design of an air-flow microchamber for microparticles detection”, Proc. 4th Nano and Micro Flows Conference ISBN 9781908549167.

M. Carminati, L. Pedalà, F. Nason, E. Bianchi, G. Dubini, L. Cortelezzi, G. Ferrari, M. Sampietro, “Capacitive Single-Particle Microdetector for Real-Time Pervasive PM10 Monitoring” Proc. DUST 2014 - 1st International Conference on Atmospheric Dust pp. 237-242 doi: 10.14644/dust.2014.39.

S. Grillanda, M. Carminati, F. Morichetti, P. Ciccarella, A. Annoni, G. Ferrari, M. Sampietro, A. Melloni, “Feedback Control of Silicon Microrings by Non-Invasive Photonic Probe” Proc. IPR - Photonics in Swithcing Conf. 2014, doi: 10.1364/IPRSN.2014.JM4B.3.