Nano Bugle

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Nanoscience research could prove a breakthrough in electronics

A new discovery that uses biology to engineer the assembly of nanoscale materials could have a wide array of applications in medicine, electronics and energy.

A team from the Department of NanoEngineering at UC San Diego, is aiming to solve the complex problem of how to place trillions of unique and functional nanostructures at precise locations in an efficient (and cheap) way.

The study examined ways of combining the advantages of bottom-up self-assembly and top-down lithography to pattern sub-10nm components over large areas.

Through the key approach of using biomolecules, such as DNA, proteins and gold nanoparticles, the team hope to engineer the orientation and placement of nanoscale materials into the desired device architectures that are reproducible in high yields and at low cost.

The breakthrough means that nanostructured materials could be used for fabricating a range of products, including multiplex sensors, photovoltaics, optical circuits and consumer electronics.

For more information you can read the full article in Nature Nanotechnology (doi: 10.1038/nnano.2009.450) or read the highlights in Materials Today (Volume 13, Issue 3, Page 11)

Gold nanoparticles (image from Georgia Tech.)

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May 6, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

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    Comment by Euthad | June 12, 2010 | Reply


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