materials science

Bottom-Up Materials Design

Worldwide, industries face significant challenges that often require the discovery and design of new materials.

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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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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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The era of AI — and the technologies that will deliver it

I recently participated in a panel at Applied Materials’ 2017 Analyst Day to talk about artificial intelligence (AI). Yes, a materials company asked me, an executive overseeing semiconductor research, to join other technologists to give our view of AI – demonstrating how interest in AI has permeated all aspects of the IT industry! To lead […]

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Designing new materials with data-centric systems

For decades, researchers have used high performance computing (HPC) to simulate systems at ever-growing speeds and scales. Recently, the design of HPC systems has started to evolve to handle and exploit the vast amounts of data now produced by both models and real-world data-sources, a paradigm IBM calls Data-Centric Computing (DCS). DCS provides a flexible […]

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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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Farming at nanoscale dimensions

Why understanding how nanowires self-assemble could lead to a new crop of nanodevices Building transistors today is done with lithography, which is a “top-down” process that uses patterning to create the complex layers that make up the transistor structure. It’s a bit like exposing a negative on photographic paper to get the pattern you want […]

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