Nano Gold Electrical Connections
Highlights Gold-tipped nanocrystals – nanodumbells – for nano sized transistors Building blocks for miniature computers, nanosensors for chemical and biological molecules, and for biomedical applications Prototypes of gold-tipped rods and tetrapods demonstrated in the lab. Our Innovation
A simple solution, phase reaction for controlled selective growth of gold and other metal tips onto semiconductor rods and tetrapods (structures with four arms or legs).
Gold tips provide a method for wiring nanocrystals into miniature electronic circuits Provide good electrical contact for speedy and faultless communication channels Tips are natural anchor points to serve as recognition elements for directed self-assembly Self-assembly schemes can be used for the parallel wiring of billions of nanorods onto nano-electronic circuits, vastly increasing computer speed and memory Development Milestones
Expanding method to additional semiconductor materials and metals Investigating approaches for wiring of nanodumbells is in progress The Opportunity
Nanoelectronics includes advanced technology developments, such as molecular electronics, self-assembly using biotechnology, and quantum computing. These developments are expected to emerge in the post-2014 timeframe. These will be ten times more powerful than first generation nanoelectronics, providing a quantum leap in the electronics market over the next 10 years followed by another massive increase in capabilities in the 10 to 20 year horizon.
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