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Choreographing the dance of electrons

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
NUS scientists have discovered how to manipulate electrons in thin semiconductors by encapsulating them in atomically thin materials and changing the electric field.

Imec advances 200mm GaN-on-Si tech closer to manufacturing

Mon, 12 Dec 2015
At last week’s IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting 2015, nano-electronics research center imec presented three novel aluminum gallium nitride (AlGaN)/ gallium nitride (GaN) stacks featuring optimized low dispersion buffer designs.

Researchers find new phase of carbon, create diamond at room temp

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond.

Promising new approach for controlled fabrication of carbon nanostructures

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
An international team of researchers including Professor Federico Rosei and members of his group at INRS has developed a new strategy for fabricating atomically controlled carbon nanostructures used in molecular carbon-based electronics.

Aluminum nanoparticles could improve electronic displays

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
Whether showing off family photos on smartphones or watching TV shows on laptops, many people look at liquid crystal displays (LCDs) every day.

Researchers gauge quantum properties of nanotubes, essential for next-gen electronics

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
Imaging method allowed researchers to measure the nanotube quantum capacitance-a very unique property of an object from the nano-world.

Electronically connected graphene nanoribbons foresee high-speed electronics

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
Chemical interconnection bridges electronic properties of graphene-nanoribbons with zigzag-edge features.

Wide Band Gap technologies: An opportunity to increase power devices performance

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
When people think about Wide Band Gap (WBG) materials for power electronics applications, they usually think of GaN or SiC. However, there are materials with an even larger band gap which can further increase power device performance.

Visualizing atoms of perovskite crystals

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
OIST researchers conduct the first atomic resolution study of perovskites used in next generation solar cells.

Flash, STT-MRAM and resistive RAM: They all come with different challenges

Mon, 1 Jan 2016
Research in memory is really exciting these days: in parallel you have the scaling of classical memories (SRAM, DRAM, Flash) and the emergence of new memories capable of enabling new applications or even new system hierarchies. At imec, we mostly focus on three concepts which all come with different challenges.

Stanford researchers advance area selective ALD to develop more energy efficient electronics

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
Stanford University researchers sponsored by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) have developed a new area selective atomic layer deposition (ALD) process that promises to accelerate the manufacturing of higher performing, more energy efficient semiconductors.

Uncovering oxygen's role in enhancing red LEDs

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
While oxygen can impede the effectiveness of gallium nitride (GaN), an enabling material for LEDs, small amounts of oxygen in some cases are needed to enhance the devices' optical properties.

Bismuth-based nanoribbons show 'topological' transport, potential for new technologies

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
Researchers have created nanoribbons of an emerging class of materials called topological insulators and used a magnetic field to control their semiconductor properties, a step toward harnessing the technology to study exotic physics and building new spintronic devices or quantum computers.

Graphene oxide 'paper' changes with strain

Tue, 1 Jan 2016
The same slip-and-stick mechanism that leads to earthquakes is at work on the molecular level in nanoscale materials, where it determines the shear plasticity of the materials, according to scientists at Rice University and the State University of Campinas, Brazil.

New process enables easier isolation of carbon nanotubes

Wed, 1 Jan 2016
A newly developed method has opened up new possibilities in carbon nanotube development.

Molecular-like photochemistry from semiconductor nanocrystals

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
Researchers from North Carolina State University have demonstrated the transfer of triplet exciton energy from semiconductor nanocrystals to surface-bound molecular acceptors, extending the lifetime of the originally prepared excited state by six orders of magnitude.

Breakthrough enables ultra-fast transport of electrical charges in polymers

Thu, 1 Jan 2016
A research team at Umeå University in Sweden has showed, for the first time, that a very efficient vertical charge transport in semiconducting polymers is possible by controlled chain and crystallite orientation.

A new approach to chip fabrication

Fri, 1 Jan 2016
MIT researchers and their colleagues report the first chip-fabrication technique that enables significantly different materials to be deposited in the same layer.

New device uses carbon nanotubes to snag molecules

Tue, 12 Dec 2015
Engineers at MIT have devised a new technique for trapping hard-to-detect molecules, using forests of carbon nanotubes.

Scientists guide gold nanoparticles to form 'diamond' superlattices

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Scientists have devised a way to trap and arrange nanoparticles in a way that mimics the crystalline structure of diamond. The achievement of this complex yet elegant arrangement may open a path to new materials that take advantage of the optical and mechanical properties of this crystalline structure for applications such as optical transistors, color-changing materials, and lightweight yet tough materials.

The iron stepping stones to better wearable tech without semiconductors

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
The road to more versatile wearable technology is dotted with iron. Specifically, quantum dots of iron arranged on boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs).

Silicon chip with integrated laser: Light from a nanowire

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a nanolaser, a thousand times thinner than a human hair. Thanks to an ingenious process, the nanowire lasers grow right on a silicon chip, making it possible to produce high-performance photonic components cost-effectively. This will pave the way for fast and efficient data processing with light in the future.

UW scientists create ultrathin semiconductor heterostructures for new technologies

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
University of Washington scientists have successfully combined two different ultra thin semiconductors to make a new two-dimensional heterostructure with potential uses in clean energy and optically-active electronics.

New technique for turning sunlight into hydrogen

Tue, 2 Feb 2016
A team of Korean researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently pioneered in developing a new type of multilayered (Au NPs/TiO2/Au) photoelectrode that boosts the ability of solar water-splitting to produce hydrogen.

Soitec announces volume manufacturing of 300mm RF-SOI substrates

Fri, 2 Feb 2016
Soitec (Euronext), a manufacturer of semiconductor materials and a supplier of wafers for radio-frequency silicon-on-insulator (RF-SOI) applications, has begun mass production of 300mm RF-SOI substrates for mobile communications.

New molecular property may mean more efficient solar and opto-electronic devices

Thu, 2 Feb 2016
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst identified an unexpected property in an organic semiconductor molecule that could lead to more efficient and cost-effective materials for use in displays.

ORNL researchers stack the odds for novel optoelectronic 2-D materials

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
Stacking layers of nanometer-thin semiconducting materials at different angles is a new approach to designing the next generation of energy-efficient transistors and solar cells.

Stretchable electronics that quadruple in length

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
EPFL researchers have developed conductive tracks that can be bent and stretched up to 4 times their original length; they could be used in artificial skin, connected clothing and on­-body sensors.

University of Kentucky physicist discovers new 2-D material that could upstage graphene

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
A new one atom-thick flat material that could upstage the wonder material graphene and advance digital technology has been discovered by a physicist at the University of Kentucky.

New form of electron-beam imaging can see elements that are 'invisible' to common methods

Mon, 2 Feb 2016
Scientists at Berkeley Lab developed a new imaging technique that greatly improves images of light elements using fewer electrons.

Spinning better electronic devices

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
Researchers demonstrate a proof-of-concept device that could take advantage of spin of electrons to potentially create more energy efficient electronic devices.

NREL collaboration boosts potential for CdTe solar cells

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
A critical milestone has been reached in cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar cell technology, helping pave the way for solar energy to directly compete with electricity generated by conventional energy sources.

Carbon nanotubes improve metal's longevity under radiation

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
A team of researchers at MIT and elsewhere has found that, at least in some reactors, adding a tiny quantity of carbon nanotubes to the metal can dramatically slow this breakdown process.

Electricity can flow through graphene at high frequencies without energy loss

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
Research has shown graphene out-performs any other known material, including superconductors, when carrying high-frequency electrical signals compared to direct current, essentially transmitting signals without any additional energy loss.

The secret to 3-D graphene? Just freeze it

Fri, 3 Mar 2016
A recent study describes how a research team used a modified 3-D printer and frozen water to create lattice-shaped cubes and a three-dimensional truss with overhangs using graphene oxide.

Building a better mouse trap, from the atoms up

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
For most of human history, the discovery of new materials has been a crapshoot. But now, UConn researchers have systematized the search with machine learning that can scan millions of theoretical compounds for qualities that would make better solar cells, fibers, and computer chips. The search for new materials may never be the same.

Researchers take giant step towards 'holy grail' of silicon photonics

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
A group of researchers from the UK, including academics from Cardiff University, has demonstrated the first practical laser that has been grown directly on a silicon substrate.

Light helps the transistor laser switch faster

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
A new study by University of Illinois engineers found that in the transistor laser, a device for next-generation high-speed computing, the light and electrons spur one another on to faster switching speeds than any devices available.

Nanostructures promise big impact on higher-speed, lower-power optical devices

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
With new technology getting smaller and smaller, requiring lower power, University of Cincinnati physics research points to new robust electronic technologies using quantum nanowire structures.

Replacement for silicon devices looms big with ORNL discovery

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
Two-dimensional electronic devices could inch closer to their ultimate promise of low power, high efficiency and mechanical flexibility with a processing technique developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

New research shows how nanowires can be formed

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
Researchers learning to control the properties of materials this way can lead the way to more efficient electronic devices.

Pumping up energy storage with metal oxides

Mon, 3 Mar 2016
Material scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have found certain metal oxides increase capacity and improve cycling performance in lithium-ion batteries.

Wrinkles and crumples make graphene better

Tue, 3 Mar 2016
Crumple a piece of paper and it's probably destined for the trash can, but new research shows that repeatedly crumpling sheets of the nanomaterial graphene can actually enhance some of its properties. In some cases, the more crumpled the better.

Printing nanomaterials with plasma

Wed, 3 Mar 2016
Printing has come a long way since the days of Johannes Gutenberg. Now, researchers have developed a new method that uses plasma to print nanomaterials onto a 3-D object or flexible surface, such as paper or cloth. The technique could make it easier and cheaper to build devices like wearable chemical and biological sensors, flexible memory devices and batteries, and integrated circuits.

Graphene nanoribbons: It's all about the edges

Thu, 3 Mar 2016
As electronic components are becoming ever smaller, the industry is gradually approaching the limits of what is achievable using the traditional approach with silicon as a semiconductor material.

For rechargeable batteries that crush the competition, crush this material

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
By chemically modifying and pulverizing a promising group of compounds, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have potentially brought safer, solid-state rechargeable batteries two steps closer to reality.

Nanotubes line up to form films

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
A simple filtration process helped Rice University researchers create flexible, wafer-scale films of highly aligned and closely packed carbon nanotubes.

NREL reveals potential for capturing waste heat via nanotubes

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
A finely tuned carbon nanotube thin film has the potential to act as a thermoelectric power generator that captures and uses waste heat, according to researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Crumpling approach enhances photodetectors' light responsivity

Thu, 4 Apr 2016
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a new approach to modifying the light absorption and stretchability of atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) materials by surface topographic engineering using only mechanical strain.

Penn engineers develop first transistors made entirely of nanocrystal 'inks'

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
University of Pennsylvania engineers have shown a new approach for making these devices: sequentially depositing their components in the form of liquid nanocrystal "inks."

Topology explains strange electrical current boost in non-magnetic metal

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Insights from pure mathematics are lending new insights to material physics, which could aid in development of new devices and sensors.

'Odd couple' monolayer semiconductors align to advance optoelectronics

Fri, 4 Apr 2016
In a study led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, scientists synthesized a stack of atomically thin monolayers of two lattice-mismatched semiconductors.

Dow Corning previews upcoming products, showcases optical silicones benefits at LIGHTFAIR 2016

Tue, 4 Apr 2016
Dow Corning will present an exclusive glimpse of upcoming products and technologies at LIGHTFAIR International 2016.

Researchers develop new semiconducting polymer for forthcoming flexible electronics

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
A joint research team has developed a new n-type semiconducting polymer with superior electron mobility and oxidative stability.

UW-Madison engineers fabricate fastest flexible silicon transistor

Wed, 4 Apr 2016
Working in collaboration with colleagues around the country, University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have pioneered a unique method that could allow manufacturers to easily and cheaply fabricate high-performance transistors with wireless capabilities on huge rolls of flexible plastic.

University of Illinois researchers create 1-step graphene patterning method

Thu, 4 Apr 2016
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a one-step, facile method to pattern graphene by using stencil mask and oxygen plasma reactive-ion etching, and subsequent polymer-free direct transfer to flexible substrates.

Rare Earth atoms see the light

Mon, 4 Apr 2016
Physicist Dirk Bouwmeester discovers a promising route for combined optical and solid state-based quantum information processing.

Molybdenum disulfide holds promise for light absorption

Thu, 5 May 2016
Rice University researchers probe light-capturing properties of atomically thin MoS2.

A compact, efficient single photon source that operates at ambient temperatures on a chip

Fri, 5 May 2016
Highly directional single photon source concept is expected to lead to a significant progress in producing compact, cheap, and efficient sources of quantum information bits for future applications.

Making invisible physics visible

Fri, 5 May 2016
The Jayich Lab has created a new sensor technology that captures nanoscale images with high spatial resolution and sensitivity.

Best of both worlds

Mon, 5 May 2016
More, faster, better, cheaper. These are the demands of our device-happy and data-centered world. Meeting these demands requires technologies for processing and storing information.

NUS scientists develop method to improve photoluminescence efficiency of 2-D semiconductors

Mon, 5 May 2016
A team led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a method to enhance the photoluminescence efficiency of tungsten diselenide, a two-dimensional semiconductor, paving the way for the application of such semiconductors in advanced optoelectronic and photonic devices.

This 'nanocavity' may improve ultrathin solar panels, video cameras and more

Fri, 5 May 2016
The future of movies and manufacturing may be in 3-D, but electronics and photonics are going 2-D; specifically, two-dimensional semiconducting materials.

New technique could make large, flexible solar panels more feasible

Mon, 5 May 2016
A new, high-pressure technique may allow the production of huge sheets of thin-film silicon semiconductors at low temperatures in simple reactors at a fraction of the size and cost of current technology.

TowerJazz begins mass producing new integrated SiGe-based "front-end module on a chip" RF platform for IoT applications

Tue, 5 May 2016
TowerJazz today announced volume production of a new RF technology capable of integrating a wireless front-end module (FEM) on a single chip, tailored to meet the challenges of Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

New type of graphene-based transistor will increase the clock speed of processors

Wed, 5 May 2016
Scientists have developed a new type of graphene-based transistor and using modeling they have demonstrated that it has ultralow power consumption compared with other similar transistor devices.

Graphene: A quantum of current

Fri, 5 May 2016
Viennese scientists unravel the quantum properties of the carbon material graphene.

ORNL demonstrates large-scale technique to produce quantum dots

Fri, 5 May 2016
A method to produce significant amounts of semiconducting nanoparticles for light-emitting displays, sensors, solar panels and biomedical applications has gained momentum with a demonstration by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Light can 'heal' defects in new solar cell materials

Wed, 5 May 2016
Defects in some new electronic materials can be removed by making ions move under illumination.

The next generation of carbon monoxide nanosensors

Thu, 5 May 2016
Scientists have been investigating sensors that can determine CO concentration, and a team from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), in tandem with the University of Toulouse, has found an innovative method to build such sensors.

AGC develops amorphous thin film using unique sputtering target material

Thu, 5 May 2016
GC Asahi Glass (AGC) today announced it has developed a uniform amorphous thin film using a unique sputtering target material, and has started industrialization and commercial production of the material.

Engineers discover a new gatekeeper for light

Fri, 5 May 2016
Finding paves the way for devices that switch quickly between transparency and opacity to specific forms of light.

'Weak' materials offer strong possibilities for electronics

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
New fundamental research by UT Dallas physicists may accelerate the drive toward more advanced electronics and more powerful computers.

Using solid-state materials with gold nanoantennas for more durable solar cells

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
Hokkaido University scientists are testing the development of solar cells made of solid materials to improve their ability to function under harsh environmental conditions.

Will conductive inks help wearables go truly wearable?

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
The first generation of wearable devices are constructed using mature, rigid technologies put inside a new box that can be worn. These are often bulky devices that are not truly wearable in the sense that our clothes are. This is, however, beginning to change, albeit slowly.

A switch for light wave electronics

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
Physicists from the Laboratory for Attosecond Physics have already found out that it is possible to manipulate the electronic properties of matter at optical frequencies. In a follow-up experiment the researchers, in a manner similar to their previous approach, shot extremely strong, femtosecond-laser pulses (one femtosecond is a millionth of a billionth of a second) onto silicon dioxide glass.

Spintronics development gets boost with new findings into ferromagnetism in Mn-doped GaAs

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
A research group at Tohoku University's WPI-AIMR has succeeded in finding the origin and the mechanism of ferromagnetism in Mn-doped GaAs.

Nanotubes' 'stuffing' as is

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
A scientist from the Lomonosov Moscow State University studied the types of carbon nanotubes' 'stuffing'.

Tiny diamonds could enable huge advances in nanotechnology

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
UMD researchers develop a new method for pairing nanoscale diamonds with other nano materials.

Novel energy inside a microcircuit chip

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
VTT developed an efficient nanomaterial-based integrated energy.

New nanomaterial offers promise in bendable, wearable electronic devices

Mon, 6 Jun 2016
Electroplated polymer makes transparent, highly conductive, ultra thin film.

Efficient hydrogen production made easy

Mon, 6 Jun 2016
Sticking electrons to a semiconductor with hydrazine creates an electrocatalyst.

CWRU physicists deploy magnetic vortex to control electron spin

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed a way to swiftly and precisely control electron spins at room temperature.

Let there be light

Fri, 6 Jun 2016
Utah engineer discovers light can stamp out defects in semiconductors for better solar panels and LED bulbs.

Solar cells for greener and safer energies

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
ICFO researchers report on low-temperature, solution-processed, environmentally friendly inorganic solar cells made with Earth-abundant materials capable of operating with a power conversion of 6.3 percent.

Diamond-based resonators might become highly sensitive detectors

Wed, 6 Jun 2016
Physicists from the Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials, the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, and the Siberian Federal University have mathematically modelled diamond-based microstructures for producing compact high sensitivity sensors.

AI Technology, Inc. introduces temporary bonding adhesive for thin wafer handling

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
For fan-out wafer-level packaging and 3D packaging, thin wafer handling is critical; the wafer must not warp, bend or shift during any wafer-processing steps.

Tiniest imperfections make big impacts in nano-patterned materials

Tue, 6 Jun 2016
A Clarkson University research team reports surprising findings that could have significant impact for constructing nano-patterned materials in electronic, magnetic or optical devices.

SEMI Strategic Materials Conference delivers demand drivers for new device and packaging materials

Thu, 6 Jun 2016
The Strategic Materials Conference (SMC 2016), focusing on "Scaling Challenges: The Future of Materials and Packaging," will be held September 20-21, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.

Integrated trio of 2-D nanomaterials unlocks graphene electronics applications

Tue, 7 Jul 2016
Voltage-controlled oscillator developed at UC Riverside could be used in thousands of applications from computers to wearable technologies.

3D-Micromac releases new laser micromachining solution to volume semiconductor wafer and power device processing

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
3D-Micromac AG announced that its microDICE laser micromachining system has been adopted by a major industrial manufacturer for volume production of high-power diodes.

Researchers develop faster, precise silica coating process for quantum dot nanorods

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
Materials researchers at North Carolina State University have fine-tuned a technique that enables them to apply precisely controlled silica coatings to quantum dot nanorods in a day - up to 21 times faster than previous methods.

Novel advancements in radiation tolerance of HEMTs

Fri, 7 Jul 2016
Compared to similar aluminum gallium arsenide/gallium arsenide HEMTs, the gallium nitride-based HEMTs are ten times more tolerant of radiation-induced displacement damage.

Ultra-flat circuits will have unique properties

Mon, 7 Jul 2016
Rice University lab studies 2-D hybrids to see how they differ from common electronics.

Chemical etching method helps transistors stand tall

Tue, 7 Jul 2016
University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to etch very tall, narrow finFETs, a type of transistor that forms a tall semiconductor "fin" for the current to travel over. The etching technique addresses many problems in trying to create 3-D devices, typically done now by stacking layers or carving out structures from a thicker semiconductor wafer.

New nontoxic process promises larger ultrathin sheets of 2-D nanomaterials

Wed, 7 Jul 2016
A team of scientists led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen.

Swapping substrates improves edges of graphene nanoribbons

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
Using inert boron nitride instead of silica creates precise zigzag edges in monolayer graphene.

Imec and Synopsys collaborate on interconnect resistivity model

Mon, 7 Jul 2016
Synopsys' Process Explorer and Raphael accurately simulate parasitic resistance of alternative metals and liner-barrier materials at the 7nm node and beyond.

Carbon nanotube 'stitches' make stronger, lighter composites

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
Method to reinforce these materials could help make airplane frames lighter, more damage-resistant.

Diamond-based light sources could lay a foundation for quantum communications of the future

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
Electrified quantum diamond could become the heart of quantum networks and computers of the future.

Making a solar energy conversion breakthrough with help from a ferroelectrics pioneer

Mon, 8 Aug 2016
Philadelphia-based team shows how a ferroelectric insulator can surpass shockley-queisser limit.

NREL technique leads to improved perovskite solar cells

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), devised a method to improve perovskite solar cells, making them more efficient and reliable with higher reproducibility.

Hexagonal boron nitride semiconductors enable cost-effective detection of neutron signals

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
Texas Tech University researchers demonstrate hexagonal boron nitride semiconductors as a cost-effective alternative for inspecting overseas cargo containers entering US ports.

McMaster researchers resolve a problem that has been holding back a technological revolution

Tue, 8 Aug 2016
Researchers at McMaster University have cleared that obstacle by developing a new way to purify carbon nanotubes -- the smaller, nimbler semiconductors that are expected to replace silicon within computer chips and a wide array of electronics.

New method to identify microscopic failure

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
The Autonomous Materials Systems (AMS) Group at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology has recently found a new way to identify microscopic damage in polymers and composite materials before total failure occurs.

Plastic crystals could improve fabrication of memory devices

Wed, 8 Aug 2016
A novel 'plastic crystal' developed by Hokkaido University researchers has switching properties suitable for memory-related applications.

UCF team tricks solid into acting as liquid

Thu, 9 Sep 2016
Two scientists at the University of Central Florida have discovered how to get a solid material to act like a liquid without actually turning it into liquid, potentially opening a new world of possibilities for the electronic, optics and computing industries.

Memory for future wearable electronics

Fri, 9 Sep 2016
Stretchable, flexible, reliable memory device inspired by the brain.

Iowa State engineers treat printed graphene with lasers to enable paper electronics

Fri, 9 Sep 2016
Iowa State engineers have led development of a laser-treatment process that allows them to use printed graphene for electric circuits and electrodes -- even on paper and other fragile surfaces. The technology could lead to many real-world, low-cost applications for printed graphene electronics, including sensors, fuel cells and medical devices.

Silicon nanoparticles instead of expensive semiconductors

Fri, 9 Sep 2016
Within an international collaboration, physicists of the Moscow State University replace expensive semiconductors with affordable silicon nanoparticles for display production.

One-pot synthesis towards sulfur-based organic semiconductors

Mon, 9 Sep 2016
A short and simple synthetic route for thiophene-fused aromatic compounds.

Semiconducting inorganic double helix

Mon, 9 Sep 2016
New flexible semiconductor for electronics, solar technology and photo catalysis.

Oxford Instruments develops SiC via etch for RF device manufacture

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
As a provider of process solutions for a broad range of applications, Oxford Instruments announced the development and launch of the SiC via plasma etch process using its high performance PlasmaPro100Polaris etch system.

Moore's Law did indeed stop at 28nm

Mon, 9 Sep 2016
As we have predicted two and a half years back, the industry is bifurcating, and just a few products pursue scaling to 7nm while the majority of designs stay on 28nm or older nodes.

Electrons in graphene behave like light, only better

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers discover that electrons mimic light in graphene, confirming a 2007 prediction -- their finding may enable new low power electronics and lead to new experimental probes.

New cost-effective silicon carbide high voltage switch created

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a high voltage and high frequency silicon carbide (SiC) power switch that could cost much less than similarly rated SiC power switches.

One-pot synthesis towards sulfur-based organic semiconductors

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
A short and simple synthetic route for thiophene-fused aromatic compounds.

Metamaterial uses light to control its motion

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers have designed a device that uses light to manipulate its mechanical properties. The device, which was fabricated using a plasmomechanical metamaterial, operates through a unique mechanism that couples its optical and mechanical resonances, enabling it to oscillate indefinitely using energy absorbed from light.

A novel battery design for making dual-ion batteries efficient

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
Dual-ion batteries (DIBs) are a new type of battery developed in recent years, typically using graphite as both the cathode and anode material.

Nanoscale confinement leads to new all-inorganic perovskite with exceptional solar cell properties

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
Scientists with the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the first time discovered how to make perovskite solar cells out of quantum dots and used the new material to convert sunlight to electricity with 10.77 percent efficiency.

Cicada wings inspire antireflective surfaces

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
A team of Shanghai Jiao Tong University researchers in China has developed antireflective structures capable of suppressing visible light at different angles of incidence -- with potential for solar cells.

Crystal clear imaging: Infrared brings to light nanoscale molecular arrangement

Fri, 10 Oct 2016
Berkeley Lab and University of Colorado-Boulder team develop new way to reveal crystal features in functional materials.

Scientists develop a semiconductor nanocomposite material that moves in response to light

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a revolutionary, light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material that can be used in a variety of applications, including microscopic actuators and grippers for surgical robots, light-powered micro-mirrors for optical telecommunications systems, and more efficient solar cells and photodetectors.

Compact graphene-based plasmon generator developed by physicists from MIPT

Mon, 10 Oct 2016
Russian and Japanese scientists demonstrate that compact coherent plasmon sources based on van der Waals heterostructures can be designed for use in optoelectronics.

Scientists find technique to improve carbon superlattices for quantum electronic devices

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
In a paradigm shift from conventional electronic devices, exploiting the quantum properties of superlattices holds the promise of developing new technologies.

Working under pressure: Diamond micro-anvils with huge pressures will create new materials

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
UAB researchers will use pressures greater than those found at the center of the Earth to create as yet unknown new materials.

Development of a new thermoelectric material for a sustainable society

Tue, 10 Oct 2016
The first synthesis of bulk CaMgSi with thermoelectric properties

Next-generation smartphone battery inspired by the gut

Wed, 10 Oct 2016
Researchers have developed a prototype of a next-generation lithium-sulphur battery which takes its inspiration in part from the cells lining the human intestine. The batteries, if commercially developed, would have five times the energy density of the lithium-ion batteries used in smartphones and other electronics.

Metamaterial device allows chameleon-like behavior in the infrared

Thu, 10 Oct 2016
An electric current will not only heat a hybrid metamaterial, but will also trigger it to change state and fade into the background like a chameleon in what may be the proof-of-concept of the first controllable metamaterial device, or metadevice, according to a team of engineers.

Adding hydrogen to graphene

Thu, 11 Nov 2016
Adding hydrogen to graphene could improve its future applicability in the semiconductor industry, when silicon leaves off.

'Pressure-welding' nanotubes creates ultrastrong material

Mon, 11 Nov 2016
Scientists at MIPT apply torsion to multiwall nanotubes to form bonds between them creating durable material.

Studying structure to understand function within 'material families'

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Researchers are running structural studies using extensive numerical simulations on a supercomputer to study the motion of more than 500 atoms -- in an effort to determine the forces on each atom and the total energy via density functional calculations.

The thinnest photodetector in the world

Thu, 11 Nov 2016
Graphene-based device could accelerate the development of 2-D photoelectronics.

UCR researchers discover new method to dissipate heat in electronic devices

Mon, 11 Nov 2016
By modulating the flow of phonons through semiconductor nanowires, engineers can create smaller and faster devices.

What a twist: Silicon nanoantennas turn light around

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
The theoretical results will allow scientists to design nanodevices with extraordinary features for use in optoelectronics.

Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics

Tue, 11 Nov 2016
A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Creating new physical properties in materials

Wed, 11 Nov 2016
Collaborating German institutions bring complementary expertise to demonstrate piezoelectricity in SrTiO3.

Physicists decipher electronic properties of materials in work that may change transistors

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
University of Texas at Dallas physicists have published new findings examining the electrical properties of materials that could be harnessed for next-generation transistors and electronics.

3-D solutions to energy savings in silicon power transistors

Mon, 12 Dec 2016
K Tsutsui at Tokyo Institute of Technology and colleagues in Japan have now shown that by scaling down size parameters in all three dimensions their device they can achieve significant energy savings.

Simple processing technique could cut cost of organic PV and wearable electronics

Mon, 12 Dec 2016
A simple solution-based electrical doping technique could help reduce the cost of polymer solar cells and organic electronic devices, potentially expanding the applications for these technologies.

Imec develops 3D-compatible germanium nMOS gate stack with high mobility and superior reliability

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
At this week's IEEE IEDM conference, imec, the research and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies showed for the first time a silicon (Si)-passivated germanium (Ge) nMOS gate stack with dramatically reduced interface defect density (DIT) reaching the same level as a Si gate stack and with high mobility and reduced positive bias temperature instability (PBTI).

Stamping technique creates tiny circuits with electronic ink

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
New stamping technique creates functional features at nanoscale dimensions.

Researchers work to improve the lifecycle of materials

Thu, 12 Dec 2016
When most living creatures get hurt, they can self-heal and recover from the injury. But, when damage occurs to inanimate objects, they don't have that same ability and typically either lose functionality or have their useful lifecycle reduced. Researchers at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology are working to change that.

Stability challenge in perovskite solar cell technology

Fri, 12 Dec 2016
New research reveals intrinsic instability issues of iodine-containing perovskite solar cells.

2-D materials enhance a 3-D world

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
2-D layer increases effectiveness of optoelectronics.

NIST physicists 'squeeze' light to cool microscopic drum below quantum limit

Wed, 1 Jan 2017
Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have cooled a mechanical object to a temperature lower than previously thought possible, below the so-called "quantum limit."

Nanotechnology: Lighting up ultrathin films

Tue, 1 Jan 2017
Based on a study of the optical properties of novel ultrathin semiconductors, researchers of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have developed a method for rapid and efficient characterization of these materials.

Creating atomic scale nanoribbons

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
Researchers have demonstrated the first important step toward integrating atomically precise graphene nanoribbons (APGNRs) onto nonmetallic substrates.

New research helps to meet the challenges of nanotechnology

Thu, 1 Jan 2017
Research helps to make the most of nanoscale catalytic effects for nanotechnology.

New low-cost technique converts bulk alloys to oxide nanowires

Fri, 1 Jan 2017
A simple technique for producing oxide nanowires directly from bulk materials could dramatically lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures.

UNIST researchers get green light to commercialize metal-air batteries

Mon, 1 Jan 2017
A team of researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently announced that they have successfully developed a new way to increase energy efficiency of metal-air batteries which are next-generation energy devices by using a conducting polymer.

Thin, flexible, light-absorbent material for energy and stealth applications

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
Transparent window coatings that keep buildings and cars cool on sunny days. Devices that could more than triple solar cell efficiencies. Thin, lightweight shields that block thermal detection. These are potential applications for a thin, flexible, light-absorbing material developed by engineers at the University of California San Diego.

Toward all-solid lithium batteries

Thu, 2 Feb 2017
Researchers investigate mechanics of lithium sulfides, which show promise as solid electrolytes.

Full(erene) potential

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
The addition of specific molecules to 'trap' charge carriers in semiconducting polymers proves to be a powerful method of mastering the materials' electrical properties.

NREL research pinpoints promise of polycrystalline perovskites

Tue, 2 Feb 2017
A team of scientists from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) determined that surface recombination limits the performance of polycrystalline perovskite solar cells.

A new sensitive and stable self-powered photodetector

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
Researchers in Singapore and China collaborate to create new photodetector based on GdNiO3/Nb-doped SrTiO3 p-n heterojunction.

A new platform to study graphene's electronic properties

Mon, 2 Feb 2017
IBS scientists model the electronic structure of graphene.

Turning up the heat for perfect (nano)diamonds

Tue, 2 Feb 2017
Researchers are taking rough, defective diamonds and using high temperatures to perfect them for quantum sensing.

Researchers pave the way for ionotronic nanodevices

Fri, 2 Feb 2017
Discovery helps develop a new kind of electrically switchable memories.

A SOI wafer is a suitable substrate for gallium nitride crystals

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Improved characteristics in power electronics and radio applications can be achieved by using a SOI wafer for gallium nitride growth.

Coffee-ring effect leads to crystallization control

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
Varying the thickness of crystallizing materials facilitates control over the patterns and properties of crystals.

Imec’s 200mm GaN-on-Si e-mode power devices withstand heavy ion and neutron irradiation

Tue, 3 Mar 2017
Radiation hardness of e-mode devices confirm maturity of imec’s 200mm GaN-on-Si platform.

Simultaneous detection of multiple spin states in a single quantum dot

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
Osaka University-based researchers simultaneously detect multiple spin states in a quantum dot in real time, holding great promise for quantum computing.

Quantum movement of electrons in atomic layers shows potential of materials for electronics, photonics

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
A University of Kansas research team has observed the counterintuitive motion of electrons during experiments in KU's Ultrafast Laser Lab. Because this sort of 'quantum' transport is very efficient, it could play a key role in a new type of manmade material that could be used someday in solar cells and electronics.

UC researchers use gold coating to control luminescence of nanowires

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
University of Cincinnati physicists manipulate nanowire semiconductors in pursuit of making electronics smaller, faster and cheaper.

Unexpected, star-spangled find may lead to advanced electronics

Mon, 3 Mar 2017
For several years, a team of researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas has investigated various materials in search of those whose electrical properties might make them suitable for small, energy-efficient transistors to power next-generation electronic devices.

Imec scientist awarded ERC Advanced Grant to develop material stacks for video-rate holography

Wed, 3 Mar 2017
Imec announces that Jan Genoe, one of its distinguished scientists, has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant.

Researchers discover new type of memory effect in transition metal oxides

Thu, 3 Mar 2017
Dr. Amos Sharoni of Bar-Ilan University's Department of Physics, and Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), has now uncovered a new kind of memory effect, unrelated to memory effects previously reported.

Argon is not the 'dope' for metallic hydrogen

Fri, 3 Mar 2017
Hydrogen is both the simplest and the most-abundant element in the universe, so studying it can teach scientists about the essence of matter. And yet there are still many hydrogen secrets to unlock, including how best to force it into a superconductive, metallic state with no electrical resistance.

To e-, or not to e-, the question for the exotic 'Si-III' phase of silicon

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
Discovery of semiconducting properties of Si-III might lead to unpredictable technological advancement.

Carbon nanotubes self-assemble into tiny transistors

Wed, 4 Apr 2017
University of Groningen scientists, together with colleagues from the University of Wuppertal and IBM Zurich, have developed a method to select semiconducting nanotubes from a solution and make them self-assemble on a circuit of gold electrodes.

Graphene Flagship researches create thin film transistors printed with layered materials

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
Graphene Flagship researchers from AMBER at Trinity College Dublin have fabricated printed transistors consisting entirely of layered materials.

USC Viterbi researchers develop new class of optoelectronic materials

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
New class of semiconductor materials can be used as light absorber in solar cells.

Flexible processors with atomically thin materials

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
First fully functional microprocessor logic devices based on few-atom-thick layered materials.

Microprocessors based on a layer of just 3 atoms

Wed, 4 Apr 2017
Microprocessors based on atomically thin materials hold the promise of the evolution of traditional processors as well as new applications in the field of flexible electronics.

NREL researchers capture excess photon energy to produce solar fuels

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a proof-of-principle photoelectrochemical cell capable of capturing excess photon energy normally lost to generating heat.

New ClassOne chamber cuts copper plating costs 95%

Thu, 4 Apr 2017
ClassOne Technology announced it's new CopperMax chamber -- a design that is demonstrating major copper plating cost reductions for users of ≤200mm wafers.

Model for multivalley polaritons

Tue, 4 Apr 2017
IBS scientists model the formation of multivalleys in semiconductor microcavities, bringing new ideas to the emerging valleytronics field

Dawn of organic single crystal electronics

Fri, 4 Apr 2017
Researchers at the Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences (Japan) have developed a method for high performance doping of organic single crystal.

'Persistent photoconductivity' offers new tool for bioelectronics

Wed, 5 May 2017
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new approach for manipulating the behavior of cells on semiconductor materials, using light to alter the conductivity of the material itself.

Discovery of new transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

Mon, 5 May 2017
Conductivity is highest-ever for thin film oxide semiconductor material.

Scientists help thin-film ferroelectrics go extreme

Wed, 5 May 2017
Berkeley Lab researchers create polarization gradient, boost temperature span of ubiquitous material.

Hafnia dons a new face

Fri, 5 May 2017
As computer chips become smaller, faster and more powerful, their insulating layers must also be much more robust -- currently a limiting factor for semiconductor technology. A collaborative University of Kentucky-Texas A&M University research team says this new phase of hafnia is an order of magnitude better at withstanding applied fields.

Engaging diamond for next-era transistors

Mon, 5 May 2017
Materials scientists in Japan have developed a new diamond transistor fabrication process that promises to advance the development of more robust and energy-efficient electronics.

New method of characterizing graphene

Thu, 6 Jun 2017
Scientists have developed a new method of characterizing graphene's properties without applying disruptive electrical contacts, allowing them to investigate both the resistance and quantum capacitance of graphene and other two-dimensional materials. Researchers from the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the University of Basel's Department of Physics reported their findings in the journal Physical Review Applied.

Engineer unveils new spin on future of transistors with novel design

Mon, 6 Jun 2017
All-carbon, spintronic proposal could lead to smaller, better performing structures in electronics.

New diode features optically controlled capacitance

Tue, 6 Jun 2017
Israeli researchers have developed a new optically tunable capacitor with embedded metal nanoparticles, creating a metal-insulator-semiconductor diode that is tunable by illumination.

Researchers image quasiparticles that could lead to faster circuits, higher bandwidths

Fri, 6 Jun 2017
A research team led by Iowa State University's Zhe Fei has made the first images of half-light, half-matter quasiparticles called exciton-polaritons. The discovery could be an early step to developing nanophotonic circuits that are up to 1 million times faster than current electrical circuits.

Alloying materials of different structures offers new tool for controlling properties

Mon, 6 Jun 2017
New research into the largely unstudied area of heterostructural alloys could lead to greater materials control and in turn better semiconductors, advances in nanotechnology for pharmaceuticals and improved metallic glasses for industrial applications.

Brewer Science partners with Arkema to develop high-chi DSA materials for advanced node patterning

Mon, 7 Jul 2017
Brewer Science Inc. today announced from SEMICON West the extension of its partnership with Arkema to develop second-generation directed self-assembly (DSA) materials using high-x (chi) block copolymers.

Researchers find path to discovering new topological materials

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
An international team of researchers has found a way to determine whether a crystal is a topological insulator -- and to predict crystal structures and chemical compositions in which new ones can arise.

Chemical route towards electronic devices in graphene

Tue, 7 Jul 2017
Essential electronic components, such as diodes and tunnel barriers, can be incorporated in single graphene wires (nanoribbons) with atomic precision.

Atomic discovery opens door to greener, faster, smaller electronic circuitry

Wed, 7 Jul 2017
Scientists find way to correct communication pathways in silicon chips, making them perfect.

A semiconductor that can beat the heat

Mon, 7 Jul 2017
Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley scientists discover unique thermoelectric properties in cesium tin iodide.

Ferroelectric phenomenon proven viable for oxide electrodes, disproving predictions

Tue, 8 Aug 2017
Researchers in China have disproved the theory that oxide electrodes destabilize ferroelectric phenomena called flux-closure domains in ferroelectric thin films.

Scientists discover new magnet with nearly massless charge carriers

Fri, 8 Aug 2017
Advances in modern electronics has demanded the requisite hardware, transistors, to be smaller in each new iteration. Recent progress in nanotechnology has reduced the size of silicon transistors down to the order of 10 nanometers. However, for such small transistors, other physical effects set in, which limit their functionality. The recent discoveries of topological materials -- a new class of relativistic quantum materials -- hold great promise for use in energy saving electronics.

Bond dissociation energies for transition metal silicides accurately determined

Wed, 8 Aug 2017
American researchers develop method to determine bond dissociation energies for transition metal silicides to advance computation efforts and general understanding of chemical bonding.

Recipe for safer batteries -- Just add diamonds

Fri, 8 Aug 2017
Drexel researchers show nanodiamonds can prevent short-circuits and fires in lithium batteries.

New results reveal high tunability of 2-D material

Mon, 8 Aug 2017
Berkeley Lab-led team also provides most precise band gap measurement yet for hotly studied monolayer moly sulfide.

Silicon solves problems for next-generation battery technology

Wed, 8 Aug 2017
Silicon - the second most abundant element in the earth's crust - shows great promise in Li-ion batteries, according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland. By replacing graphite anodes with silicon, it is possible to quadruple anode capacity.

A revolution in lithium-ion batteries is becoming more realistic

Tue, 9 Sep 2017
The modern world relies on portable electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, cameras or camcorders. Many of these devices are powered by lithium-ion batteries, which could be smaller, lighter, safer and more efficient if the liquid electrolytes they contain were replaced by solids. A promising candidate for a solid-state electrolyte is a new class of materials based on lithium compounds, presented by physicists from Switzerland and Poland.

Defects in next-generation solar cells can be healed with light

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
Researchers have shown that defects in the molecular structure of perovskites - a material which could revolutionise the solar cell industry - can be "healed" by exposing it to light and just the right amount of humidity.

Quantum sensors decipher magnetic ordering in a new semiconducting material

Wed, 9 Sep 2017
For the first time, physicists have successfully imaged spiral magnetic ordering in a multiferroic material.

New study on graphene-wrapped nanocrystals makes inroads toward next-gen fuel cells

Thu, 9 Sep 2017
Simulations and analysis at Berkeley Lab provide new atomic-scale clues to material's enhanced hydrogen storage properties.

New insights into nanocrystal growth in liquid

Fri, 9 Sep 2017
Understanding process that creates complex crystals important for energy applications.

2-D Electronics' metal or semiconductor? Both

Mon, 9 Sep 2017
IBS researchers produced the first 2D field-effect transistor (FET) made of a single material.

Graphene and other carbon nanomaterials can replace scarce metals

Tue, 9 Sep 2017
Scarce metals are found in a wide range of everyday objects around us. They are complicated to extract, difficult to recycle and so rare that several of them have become "conflict minerals" which can promote conflicts and oppression. A survey at Chalmers University of Technology now shows that there are potential technology-based solutions that can replace many of the metals with carbon nanomaterials, such as graphene.

Application of air-sensitive semiconductors in nanoelectronics

Thu, 9 Sep 2017
2-D semiconductor gallium selenide in encapsulated nanoelectronic devices.