Nanotechnology continues to revolutionize a wide variety of fields by paving the way toward sub-μm scale devices (i.e., in the order of a few tens/hundred nanometers). Controlling materials on such a scale is expected to give rise to integrated nanodevices with simple sensing, actuation, data processing and storage, and communication capabilities, opening the horizon to a variety of ground-breaking applications. By augmenting nanodevices with wireless communications capabilities, nanotechnology will facilitate the advance of multiple disruptive applications, such as in-body communication, software-defined metamaterials and metasurfaces, wireless robotic materials, and on-chip communication.

The NanoCoCoA 2021 special section covers important and influential topics targeting the enablement of the above applications. This encapsulates a broad range of expertise, ranging from nanoscale hardware design, resource-constrained computing, and channel modelling to different layers of nanonetworks’ protocol development along the four detected promising application domains. Additionally, the potential and promising directions for further research are welcome and will be considered. The guest editors are looking forward to original, completed, and unpublished work that is not currently under review by any other journal, magazine, conference, or workshop. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Embedded, Distributed, Constrained, Intermittent, and Unconventional Nanoscale Computing Systems,
  • Sensing, Actuation, Data Processing, and Storage at the Nanoscale,
  • Programming paradigms, Languages, and Tools for Nanoscale Computing and Communication,
  • Nanoscale Hardware Design, Implementation, and Performance Benchmarking,
  • Electromagnetic (e.g., mmWave, THz) Nanocommunication Paradigm,
  • mmWave and THz Nanoscale Channel Modelling in Different Mediums, e.g., Free-space, In-Body, On-chip,
  • Nanonetworking Protocol Stack, i.e., Physical, Link, Network, Transport, and Application Layers,
  • Reduced/Condensed/Integrated Nanonetworking Protocol Stack,
  • Nanoscale Applications, e.g., Software-defined Metamaterials/Surfaces, Wireless Robotic Materials, In- body Healthcare, On-chip Communication, etc.,
  • Energy-related Considerations, Modelling, and Constraints, e.g., Harvesting, Backscattering, etc.,
  • End-to-End Nanonetwork Architectures, e.g., Internet of (Bio/Multimedia) Nano-Things,
  • Nanoscale Localization and Tracking using Electromagnetic Signals,
  • Security, Integrity, and Privacy at the Nanoscale,
  • Standardization Proposals and Reviews (e.g., IEEE P1906.1),
  • Simulations Tools, Experimental Testbeds, Datasets, and Methodologies for Evaluation of Nanoscale Computing, Communication, and Networking Approaches;

Make sure to check and follow the journal submission guidelines (, before submitting your paper to ScholarOne Manuscripts at, indicating in the cover letter that you wish the manuscript to be considered for “IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO) Special Section on “Nanoscale Computing, Communication, and Applications (NanoCoCoA 2021)”. Please note that the type of submissions is Regular Manuscripts, i.e., up to 6 pages in the two-column IEEE format, which includes figures, tables, and references (exceeding page limit with up to 6 additional pages is possible – mandatory page charges apply). Please note that, on submission to TNANO, the authors should select the “Special Issue” manuscript type instead of “Regular Paper.”

Manuscripts will be subject to the standard competitive and constructive peer-review TNANO criteria with no article publishing charges. Accepted papers are published on the web in IEEE Xplore as soon as they are submitted in final form. Web-published papers have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), and are fully citable and downloadable.

Important Dates

  • Submission deadline: March 31, 2022
  • First decision (accept/reject/revise): May 31, 2022
  • Revised papers submission: July 31, 2022
  • Final decision: September 30, 2022

Guest Editors

Responsible T-NANO Senior Editor: Prof. Antonio Rubio, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain