Engineering

Scalable manufacturing of integrated optical frequency combs

A collaboration between EPFL and UCSB has developed a long-anticipated breakthrough, and demonstrated CMOS technology—used for building microprocessors and memory chips—that allows wafer-scale manufacturing of chip-scale ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

How AI can transform layering technique for semiconductors

To make computer chips, technologists around the world rely on atomic layer deposition (ALD), which can create films as fine as one atom thick. Businesses commonly use ALD to make semiconductor devices, but it also has applications ...

Energy & Green Tech

A blast of gas for better solar cells

Treating silicon with carbon dioxide gas in plasma processing brings simplicity and control to a key step for making solar cells.

Engineering

Coffee stains inspire optimal printing technique for electronics

Have you ever spilled your coffee on your desk? You may then have observed one of the most puzzling phenomena of fluid mechanics—the coffee ring effect. This effect has hindered the industrial deployment of functional inks ...

Energy & Green Tech

Searching for the secret to more efficient solar cells

The search for the perfect solar cell is not yet over. Norwegian researchers are now adopting a new approach to the cells' raw material, crystalline silicon, with the aim of making the electricity-generating cells even more ...

Robotics

New cell-sized micro robots might make incredible journeys

Researchers have harnessed the latest nanofabrication techniques to create bug-shaped robots that are wirelessly powered, able to walk, able to survive harsh environments and tiny enough to be injected through an ordinary ...

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