Nanotechnology

In Tune With the Heart of a Copper Atom

Our team at IBM Research developed a new technique to control the magnetism of a single copper atom, a technology that could one day allow individual atomic nuclei to store and process information. In a paper published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, our team demonstrated that we can control the magnetism of a single […]

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Detecting the Magnetism of a Single Atom’s Nucleus

Our team at IBM Research − Almaden in Silicon Valley has detected the magnetism of a single atom’s nucleus, a feat that opens the door to using the nucleus as a way to sense and control magnetism at the atomic scale. This breakthrough, recently published in the journal Science, was achieved by measuring the magnetic […]

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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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Ocean Carbon Imaged on the Atomic Scale

Dissolved Ocean Carbon (DOC) in the ocean is one of the largest pools of reduced carbon on Earth. It’s about 200 times larger than the living biosphere and comparable in size to the atmospheric CO2 reservoir.  Due to its complexity, less than 10 percent of dissolved organic carbon has been characterized.  It’s important to understand […]

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IBM Scientists Measure the Energy Levels of Single Molecules on Insulators

Our understanding of single-molecule electronics has become clearer and the answer involved using a common household item – salt. Building off of a previous paper in 2009, where IBM scientists and collaborators demonstrated the ability to measure the charge state of individual atoms using noncontact atomic force microscopy (AFM), they have now taken it a […]

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IBM Scientists First to Demo Rocking Brownian Motors for Nanoparticles

Today, our IBM Research team published the first real world demonstration of a rocking Brownian motor for nanoparticles in the peer-review journal Science. The motors propel nanoscale particles along predefined racetracks to enable researchers to separate nanoparticle populations with unprecedented precision. The reported findings show great potential for lab-on-a-chip applications in material science, environmental sciences […]

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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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Meet the IBM Inventor Who Built his First Circuit at 8

National Inventors’ Day is a day to honor inventors and their genius. At the IBM Research Lab in Zurich, the list of inventors is long, but we were able to catch up with one of your newly appointed Master Inventors, Lukas Czornomaz, who talks about his career and some of the patents that were granted along […]

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Two Days, Two Different Honors for IBM’s Zurich Lab

This past week IBM’s Zurich Lab participated in two very special events. As a follow up to the formal events surrounding the Kavli Prize, the Kavli Foundation and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters have started a series of symposia featuring their Laureates to not only recognize their accomplishments in a more public setting, but […]

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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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Recent papers detail carbon nanotube scalabilty, integration breakthroughs

Carbon nanotubes (CNT) appeal to the semiconductor industry because they’re superior electrical conductors compared to silicon with a mere 1 nanometer body thickness. So why don’t we have CNT chips in everything from mainframes to mobile devices, yet? Scalability of the transistor and large-scale integration are still big challenges. But two papers my colleagues and […]

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Big oil’s next gusher is at the nanoscale

Last year the world consumed almost 97 million barrels of oil per day. What if I told you that many more barrels still remain in those same wells? Deep inside the rock, 60 percent and more of a reservoir’s oil remains trapped in capillaries which are sometimes only tens to hundreds of nanometers wide (For […]

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