Materials Science

New Macromolecule Could Hold Key to Reversing Antibiotic Resistance

To address the challenge of antibiotic resistance, scientists from IBM and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology have published new findings in Advanced Science, which unveil the effectiveness of a new polymer in the fight against resistant bacteria.

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Free of Heavy Metals, New Battery Design Could Alleviate Environmental Concerns

Today, IBM Research is building on a long history of materials science innovation to unveil a new battery discovery. This new research could help eliminate the need for heavy metals in battery production and transform the long-term sustainability of many elements of our energy infrastructure.

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World’s smallest DRAM cell promises low-power memory in future mobile devices

In a new paper published in Nature Electronics, IBM researchers demonstrate the smallest ever built DRAM memory cell, fifty years after its invention. The new DRAM cells feature potentially low power consumption and an unprecedented small footprint. They could be therefore particularly appealing for implementation in mobile devices or as cache memory.

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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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