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New etching technique could advance the way semiconductor devices are made

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Novel technique for advancing the way semiconductors are made. Microelectronics like semiconductor devices are at the heart of…
Engineers mix and match materials to make new stretchy electronics

February 6, 2020

Next-generation devices made with new “peel and stack” method may include electronic chips worn on the skin. At…
MIT researchers have discovered a method to predict and control the length of tunnels in solid germanium by laterally growing it over silicon oxide strips (shown in yellow) on top of silicon (green), depicted from left to right. Germanium, shown in purple, smoothly covers the silicon but forms voids and tunnels (lighter shade of purple) where germanium and silicon oxide meet. The voids and tunnels reconfigure into a single tunnel as the growth proceeds. Image credit: Rui-Tao Wen/MIT
A new facet for germanium

February 3, 2020

Although silicon is the workhorse of the semiconductor industry, forming the basis for computer chips, camera sensors, and…
Method detects defects in 2D materials for future electronics, sensors

January 28, 2020

To further shrink electronic devices and to lower energy consumption, the semiconductor industry is interested in using 2D…
Researchers expand microchip capability with new 3D inductor technology

January 27, 2020

Smaller is better when it comes to microchips, researchers said, and by using 3D components on a standardized…
Blue diode illustrates limitations, promise of perovskite semiconductors

January 27, 2020

University of California, Berkeley, scientists have created a blue light-emitting diode (LED) from a trendy new semiconductor material,…
Platelets instead of spheres make screens more economical

January 21, 2020

ETH scientists have further developed QLED technology for screens. They have produced light sources that for the first…
Scientists pioneer new generation of semiconductor neutron detector

January 16, 2020

Scientists discover new neutron-detecting material for applications in science and national security. Whether you are trying to detect…
Nano-objects of Desire: Assembling Ordered Nanostructures in 3-D

January 14, 2020

Using shape-programmable DNA frames, scientists established a new nanofabrication platform for directing nanomaterial components of different natures (inorganic…
Scientists create thin films with tantalizing electronic properties

December 27, 2019

Scientists have created thin films made from barium zirconium sulfide (BaZrS3) and confirmed that the materials have alluring…
How Electrons Break the Speed Limit

December 10, 2019

New understanding of charge transport reveals an exotic quantum mechanical regime. In work that may have broad implications…
UO, MIT collaborate on material with surprise electrical properties

December 5, 2019

University of Oregon chemists analyzing a new porous material synthesized by a research group at the Massachusetts Institute…
Bending an Organic Semiconductor Can Boost Electrical Flow

December 3, 2019

Slightly bending semiconductors made of organic materials can roughly double the speed of electricity flowing through them and…
World first as artificial neurons developed to cure chronic diseases

December 3, 2019

Artificial neurons on silicon chips that behave just like the real thing have been invented by scientists –…
Stretchable, degradable semiconductors

November 28, 2019

To seamlessly integrate electronics with the natural world, materials are needed that are both stretchable and degradable ––…
Microcavities save organic semiconductors from going dark

November 27, 2019

More and more electronics manufacturers are favoring organic LED displays for smartphones, TVs and computers because they are…
New way to know an old friend: New method reveals clean carbon nanotube transistors with superb properties

November 26, 2019

Single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) have found many uses in electronics and new touch screen devices. Carbon nanotubes are…
A “simulation booster” for nanoelectronics

November 22, 2019

Two research groups from ETH Zurich have developed a method that can simulate nanoelectronics devices and their properties…
The Beauty of Imperfections: Linking Atomic Defects to 2D Materials Electronic Properties

November 21, 2019

Scientists at Berkeley Lab reveal oxygen’s hidden talent for filling in atomic gaps in TMDs; and the surprising…
Foam offers way to manipulate light

November 20, 2019

There is more to foam than meets the eye. Literally. A study by Princeton scientists has shown that…
Scientists discover ​“ripple” in flexible material that could improve electronic properties

November 15, 2019

A newly discovered phenomenon in a flexible semiconductor could affect its promise for electronic devices. Two-dimensional materials —…
Scientists spy unstable semiconductors

November 6, 2019

Scientists from Cardiff University have, for the first time, spotted previously unseen “instabilities” on the surface of a…
New research finding gives valleytronics a boost

October 29, 2019

An international research team led by physicists at the University of California, Riverside, has revealed a new quantum…
Shaping nanoparticles for improved quantum information technology

October 13, 2019

Breaking of rotational symmetry in ring-shaped nanoparticle leads to surprising quantum property when illuminated with laser. Particles that…
Microscope points to more efficient solar fuels devices

October 11, 2019

A fundamental discovery made with a specially equipped microscope in a University of Oregon laboratory is pointing toward…
Researchers repurpose failed cancer drug into printable semiconductor

October 5, 2019

Many potential pharmaceuticals end up failing during clinical trials, but thanks to new research from the University of…
Machine learning at the quantum lab

October 2, 2019

The electron spin of individual electrons in quantum dots could serve as the smallest information unit of a…
Ph.D. student Reet Chaudhuri takes measurements on the 2D hole gas. Image credit: Xiang Li/Cornell University
Discovery in gallium nitride a key enabler of energy efficient electronics

September 30, 2019

Gallium nitride, a semiconductor that revolutionized energy-efficient LED lighting, could also transform electronics and wireless communication, thanks to…
A good first step toward nontoxic solar cells

July 26, 2019

Solar panel installations are on the rise in the U.S., with more than 2 million new installations in…
First-ever visualizations of electrical gating effects on electronic structure could lead to longer-lasting devices

July 18, 2019

Scientists have visualized the electronic structure in a microelectronic device for the first time, opening up opportunities for…
Surprise Finding Uncovers New Capability for Semiconductor Material

July 18, 2019

Metal oxide, known to start and stop current, can also create it; a step “beyond CMOS”. Scientists have…
Researchers explore use of new materials to create more efficient solar cells

July 1, 2019

A team of Florida State University researchers is pioneering innovative ways for solar cells to absorb and use…
Photovoltaic nanotubes

June 20, 2019

Special nanotubes could improve solar power and imaging technology. Physicists discovered a novel kind of nanotube that generates…
Breakthrough in Laser Technology Lights the Way for Improved Displays and Illumination

June 7, 2019

Lead-halide perovskites are considered one of the most promising materials for the production of the lasers of the…
Microscopic ‘donuts’ a treat for quantum tech

June 4, 2019

Dedicating dollars to “donuts,” scientists at Rice University are helping a national laboratory bring about a revolution in…
Adding a carbon atom transforms 2D semiconducting material

May 27, 2019

A technique that introduces carbon-hydrogen molecules into a single atomic layer of the semiconducting material tungsten disulfide dramatically…
Tapping the power of AI and high-performance computing to extend evolution to superconductors

May 24, 2019

Materials by design: Argonne researchers use genetic algorithms for better superconductors. Owners of thoroughbred stallions carefully breed prizewinning…
Researchers Discover Dream Nanotechnology in the Form of 2D Semiconductors

May 16, 2019

As technology continues to advance at alarming rates, particularly modern computing, it calls for the use of more…
2D Insulators With Ferromagnetic Properties Are Rare; Researchers Just Identified A New One

May 14, 2019

Collaborating scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Princeton University have discovered…
Weak but strong

April 23, 2019

The demand for ever-increasing performance of technology encourages research into new ways to progress the state of the…
Optical ​“tweezers” combine with X-rays to enable analysis of crystals in liquids

March 22, 2019

Optical ​“tweezers” hold crystal steady for X-ray experiment. Understanding how chemical reactions happen on tiny crystals in liquid…
Nanocrystal ‘factory’ could revolutionize quantum dot manufacturing

March 21, 2019

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a microfluidic system for synthesizing perovskite quantum dots across the entire…
Researchers measure near-perfect performance in low-cost semiconductors

March 19, 2019

Tiny, easy-to-produce particles, called quantum dots, may soon take the place of more expensive single crystal semiconductors in…
Chain Reaction Innovations project at Argonne aims to fill critical computing needs

March 3, 2019

Research team harnesses Center for Nanoscale Materials power to explore emerging materials for energy-efficient computing. The demand for…
New Imaging Technology Captures Movement of Quantum Particles With Unprecedented Resolution

February 25, 2019

Excitons — electrically neutral quasiparticles — have extraordinary properties. They exist only in semiconducting and insulating materials and…
Physicists get thousands of semiconductor nuclei to do ‘quantum dances’ in unison

February 25, 2019

Quantum dots are crystals made up of thousands of atoms, and each of these atoms interacts magnetically with…
GraphON coated catalytic static mixer. Credit: CSIRO
GraphON: Conductive coatings & materials

February 20, 2019

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has created a breakthrough new form of graphitic material that’s conductive, easy to…
UC Riverside physicists create exotic electron liquid

February 14, 2019

By bombarding an ultrathin semiconductor sandwich with powerful laser pulses, physicists at the University of California, Riverside, have…
Breakthrough reported in fabricating nanochips

February 4, 2019

An international team of researchers has reported a breakthrough in fabricating atom-thin processors — a discovery that could…
Probing materials to improve energy and information technologies

January 26, 2019

Jon Poplawsky, a materials scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, develops and links advanced…
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