Materials Science

World’s First Ultrafast All-Optical Room Temperature Transistor

Modern digital computers have changed our lives in a variety of ways, but the technology on which they are built has still some room for improvement. As computational workloads continue to grow due to massive amounts of data and techniques like artificial intelligence, more powerful computing technologies become of paramount importance. Two of the main […]

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Shaping Microscale Flows with Electric Fields

The field of lab-on-a-chip seeks to revolutionize chemical and biological analysis by reducing large scale laboratories to the size of a microfluidic chip.

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Enabling Fabrication Beyond 7nm

How did we get from the Palm Pilots of the 90s to the ultra-powerful smart phones of today? In large part, because of scaling, where integrated circuits are made with smaller feature sizes fitting more and more circuit elements in the same area of silicon at each technology generation. This sets our expectations that in […]

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Addressing Climate Change at a Major Source: Buildings

Can silica gel desiccant packs, often found in shoe boxes and electronics, be the answer to our energy challenges for buildings? A four-year project proves yes, sort of. According to the European Commission, heating and cooling in buildings and industry accounts for half of the EU’s energy consumption, and fossil fuels generate 84 percent of […]

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Graphene Puts Nanomaterials In Their Place

Nanomaterials offer unique optical and electrical properties and bottom-up integration within industrial semiconductor manufacturing processes. However, they also present one of the most challenging research problems. In essence, semiconductor manufacturing today lacks methods for depositing nanomaterials at predefined chip locations without chemical contamination. We think that graphene, one of the thinnest, strongest, most flexible and most […]

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IBM Launches Free AI Tool in the Cloud for Predicting Chemical Reactions

For more than 200 years, the synthesis of organic molecules has remained one of the most important tasks in organic chemistry. The work of chemists has scientific and commercial implications that range from the production of Aspirin to that of Nylon. Yet, little has been done to change age-old practices dramatically and allow a new […]

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IBM Names 2018 Fellows, Including Four IBM Researchers

Half of IBM’s 2018 Fellows Hail from IBM Research For more than 70 years, IBM Research has defined the future of technology for IBM. Today, we lead the way forward in AI, blockchain, quantum computing and cybersecurity, thanks to critical foundational research conducted across our global labs. This defining moment in IBM’s transformation is made […]

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Carbon nanotubes push the limit of flexible electronics

Over the past decades, the aggressive scaling of transistors made on rigid silicon wafers has steadily boosted the performance of personal electronics and supercomputers. For emerging applications like real-time analytics and Internet of Things (IoT), high-performance logic circuits and sensors made on flexible or unconventional substrates are needed in order to enable the true computation […]

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Pushing liquids to their limits with next-gen materials simulation methods

Materials in industrial and engineering applications, such as iron and steel, are often used at extreme pressures and temperatures or in complex environments where their properties may be very different from those found under normal circumstances. Perhaps the most famous example of this in practice are the exterior tiles of the NASA Space Shuttle Columbia, […]

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Oil and Water Really Do Mix: Simulating the world of micro-hydrodynamical phenomena

Have you ever wondered why milk is so white or why mayonnaise appears so thick and yet it can flow out of the bottle? Are you aware that these such substances are just oil and water mixed together though they look and feel like neither of them? It turns out that these delightful little mysteries […]

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Using Angles to Improve the Future of Electronics

Nanotechnology is a term which applied to a variety of fields from clothing and automotive paints to sporting equipment and electronics. In the end it’s all referring to a size, the nanometer (nm), and humankind’s ability to understand, control and manipulate the unique phenomena which occur at this dimension. For perspective, a sheet of paper […]

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Under pressure: New ptychography technique examines stressed atoms in 3D

In a small lead hutch-protected chamber at Argonne National Labs is a nano-probe that bombards nano-sized electronic devices, like a transistor, for example, with x-rays. Think of it as a CT scan. But for atoms. It’s building a 3D model of that device’s atomic structure, for which we can examine the amount of strain it […]

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