The Future of Tiny Technology

June 19, 2013 2:39 PM

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Technology is getting smaller and smaller. Televisions are becoming flatter, batteries becoming miniscule and devices are getting more and more upgrades. Yet the smaller components become, the more difficult it is to create patterns in an economical and reproducible way. Now, though, scientists have developed a new technique that involves using sound waves to place nanowires in repeatable patterns for potential use in a variety of nanoscale circuits.

There are actually ways to create these devices with lithography, a type of printing. Yet it's extremely difficult to use this technique to create patterns that are smaller than 50 nanometers. In contrast, it's relatively simple to make metal nanomaterials using synthetic chemistry. With the new tec...

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