The August edition of Nature’s Nanotechnology journal has an article on research in which by manipulating a catalyst the researchers at CEA, LETI, Minatec were able to lower the temperature needed to synthesize aluminum and copper nanowires with CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) processes.
The researchers claim that this manipulation of the catalyst could be a significant step in the development of real-world applications for semiconductor nanowires.
In an unrelated area, I would like to draw everyone’s attention to the Rusnanotech Nanotechnology International Forum going on today and tomorrow. The conference organizers are broadcasting all of the presentations live online. While the time difference will make it difficult for many in the US to see most of the presentations, if you can accommodate it into your schedule, I encourage you to check it out.
I have been glued to my computer, clicking between the fourteen or so conference rooms and watching the presentations of most interest to me. If you’re business inclined or more interested in the technical presentations, there’s something for everyone. Check it out.
Dexter Johnson is a contributing editor at IEEE Spectrum, with a focus on nanotechnology.