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During the last few decades, consumers have witnessed the shrinking of common household gadgets while at the same time expecting continuous improvements in performance. Computers, laptops, televisions, digital cameras and cell phones have rapidly evolved to become faster, smaller, more efficient, and packed with more features.

Explorations in Nanoelectronics seeks to continue this revolution in computing, communications, and many other electronics industries. Companies are embracing these changes as they develop products that offer improved performance, portability, enhanced information storage capacity, and potentially completely new functions that are unavailable with current electronic components. NINT is working to develop nanoscale materials and structures that function beyond the limits of conventional electronics, enabling a variety of new device architectures, including the potential to overcome the current limits of Moore’s Law.

Various strategies toward realizing new and/or improved functionality using nanoscale devices are being explored at NINT. For example, projects aimed at evaluating organic molecules as components in circuitry, including small molecules, polymers, and inorganic self-assembled arrays are being tested as substitutes for traditional electronic materials. These materials may provide improved performance through the unique mechanisms at play at the molecular scale, and may also decrease the cost of device manufacturing due to their amenability to processes such as printing, which avoids the need for expensive fabrication facilities.

Collectively, advances in Hybrid Nanoelectronics has great potential to have a profound impact on global computing architectures and electronics fabrication, leading to added value in a variety of industries. We are active in seeking partners to deploy the latest advances in this area.

The Opportunity
NINT is constantly extending the boundaries of capability in nanoscale electronics. With an active and expanding intellectual property portfolio, we are looking to extend these advances into commercial products. Because research in this area is highly active, new opportunities are constantly under development. Partners in a variety of industrial sectors may be able to leverage NINT’s expertise, as well as its technological advances, in order to positions themselves for unique and exclusive new products.

Areas where Nanoscale electronics are being actively developed include hybrid analog circuitry for use in musical signal processing, molecular flash memory cells with the potential to have both lower cost and better performance than current flash, next-generation transistors based on nanoscale active components, quantum computing for high-end computational applications, and atomic scale tips for use in microscopies.

NINT researchers working in Hybrid NanoElectronics Program