Nanotechnology

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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Imaging atoms on 2D atomic crystals in liquids

More than 35 years after IBM Nobel laureates Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer invented the scanning tunneling microscope (STM), IBM scientists in Zurich have achieved another breakthrough in the field of atom-by-atom imaging and metrology. But this time it’s in liquids. In collaboration with scientists from the University of Limerick, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, […]

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Unsupervised learning with artificial neurons

Inspired by the way the human brain functions, a team of scientists at IBM Research in Zurich, have imitated the way neurons spike, for example when we touch a hot plate. These so-called artificial neurons can be used to detect patterns and discover correlations in Big Data with power budgets and at densities comparable to […]

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Accelerating early disease detection with nanobiotechnology

Imagine this scenario:  Annual physical examinations are supplemented by an affordable home diagnostic chip, allowing you to regularly monitor your baseline health with just a simple urine sample. Though outwardly you appear to be in good health, the device reveals a fluctuation in your biomarker profile, indicating the possible emergence of early stage cancer development […]

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Materials scientists teach nanowires how to ‘dance’

The ultra-high vacuum electron microscope tucked away in a lab down a nondescript aisle on the ground floor of the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center (itself tucked away in the woods of Westchester County, NY) holds many clues that help scientists unlock the physics that takes place at nanoscale dimensions. Understanding how materials behave […]

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Material innovation key to 7nm and beyond

As our semiconductor research team in Albany, NY continues to scale CMOS technology towards future nodes – to 10nm, 7nm, and beyond – the transistor channel resistance that determines current flow, and how we connect to it, continues to play an increasingly significant role in a chip’s overall performance. So in order to ensure the […]

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Blockchain, Open AI take top spots in World Economic Forum breakthroughs

Today the Top 10 Emerging Technologies 2016 list, compiled by the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, was published. The list highlights technological advances its members believe have the power to improve lives, transform industries and safeguard the planet. “Horizon scanning for emerging technologies is crucial to staying abreast of developments that can radically transform […]

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AFM pioneers recognized with Kavli Prize

30 years and 9,000 citations later the inventors of the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) were recognized today with the with the Kavli Prize in Nanoscience. The Prize is shared between Gerd Binnig, Christoph Gerber and Calvin Quate. Binnig and Gerber were previously with IBM Research – Zurich and they collaborated with Quate from Stanford University, while […]

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Advancing semiconductor tech, one nanometer at a time

Dr. Griselda Bonilla is the senior manager of the Advanced BEOL Interconnect Technology team at IBM Research, responsible for delivering innovative solutions that advance IBM’s industry-leading, on-chip interconnect (BEOL) technologies. We sat down with her before her team gave two talks at the IITC/AMC Conference in San Jose, California this week. First off, tell us […]

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IBM Scientists Invent a Thermometer for the Nanoscale

The IBM lab responsible for inventing the scanning tunneling microscope and the atomic force microscope has invented another critical tool for helping us understand the nanoscale. Accurately measuring the temperature of objects at the nanoscale has been challenging scientists for decades. Current techniques are not accurate and they typically generate artifacts, limiting their reliability. Motivated […]

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