Nanotechnology

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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How They Did It: Meet the IBM Nanoscientists who Stored Data on a Single Atom

Imagine storing the entire iTunes library of 35 million songs on a device the size of a credit card. Though it’s not yet possible, it may be someday – thanks to a recent study by nanoscientists at IBM Research – Almaden in San Jose, Calif. that was published in Nature. In the paper, the nanoscientists […]

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Quantum Transport Goes Ballistic

Published today in the peer-reviewed journal Nano Letters, IBM scientists have shot an electron through an III-V semiconductor nanowire integrated on silicon for the first time. This achievement will form the basis for sophisticated quantum wire devices for future integrated circuits used in advanced powerful computational systems. IBM scientist and lead author on the paper Dr. Johannes […]

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IBM Researchers Take Home Innovation Prize for Semiconductor Research

IBM scientists have been recognized with the 2017 Compound Semiconductor Industry Innovation Award. The recognition is a culmination of five years of research by the Zurich-based IBM team which is focused on using high mobility materials into silicon CMOS technology to scale below 7 nanometers (nm). Consider the technology chain from mobile devices to the Internet […]

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IBM at SPIE: Seven Advancements for Beyond 7nm Chips

When we announced the industry’s first functional 7 nanometer node (7nm) test chips in 2015, with our GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung partners, we knew the process for the chips to reach “manufacturing maturity” – perhaps as early as next year, would be rapid. As that effort accelerates in the semiconductor industry, IBM continues to push the […]

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IBM & Warwick Image Highly Reactive Triangular Molecule for the First Time

Triangulene gets its first close up thanks to scientists from IBM and the University of Warwick (7 April, UPDATE: the paper is featured on the cover of the April issue of Nature Nanotechnology). Published today in Nature Nanotechnology, IBM scientists are truly making the invisible visible A few weeks ago IBM released its annual five predictions […]

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IBM Scientists Measure Heat-Transfer through Single Atoms

Published today, using a technique which looks like trampoline, IBM scientists have measured the thermal conductance of metallic quantum point contacts made of gold down to the single-atom level at room temperature for the first time. As everything scales to the nanoscale, heat – more precisely, the loss of it – becomes an issue in […]

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IBM 5 in 5: Medical labs “on a chip” will serve as health detectives for tracing disease at the nanoscale

The earlier a disease is diagnosed, the more likely it is to be cured or successfully managed. For example, breast cancer and prostate cancer detected and treated at stage one have five-year survival rates of nearly 100 percent. At stage four, this rate drops to around 26 percent for breast cancer and 28 percent for […]

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Advancing toward 7nm

This is the fourth of a four-part series about IBM featured papers at IEDM 2016. The annual International Electron Devices Meeting is “the world’s pre-eminent forum for reporting technological breakthroughs in the areas of semiconductor and electronic device technology, design, manufacturing, physics, and modeling.” So IBM researchers brought their scanning probe thermometer, their air spacer for […]

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Air spacers for 10nm chips

This is the third of a four-part series about IBM featured papers at IEDM 2016. The annual International Electron Devices Meeting is “the world’s pre-eminent forum for reporting technological breakthroughs in the areas of semiconductor and electronic device technology, design, manufacturing, physics, and modeling.” So IBM researchers brought their scanning probe thermometer, their air spacer for […]

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A nanometer leap to trillions of transistors

IBM Research scientist Qing Cao develops way to link carbon nanotubes Scientists and engineers don’t need to wear clapboards in Times Square declaring “The end of Moore’s Law is near.” They all know that silicon-based computer chips will soon cease to improve in speed and shrink in size. One of those scientists, IBM’s Qing Cao […]

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Fabrication method for artificial molecules wins best poster prize

Earlier this year, scientists at ETH Zurich and IBM Research – Zurich published a new method in Science Advances to fabricate artificial molecules out of different types of microspheres, small round particles with a diameter of 1 micrometer – roughly the size of bacteria. While tiny, the scientists believe that one day these microscopic objects […]

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