Bigger than Just Smaller: Nanoelectronics

How is nanotechnology eliminating hazardous materials in your electronics?

By using the unique properties of materials at the nanoscale, scientists have developed an alternative to lead solder in electronics. Nanotechnology isn’t just making your laptop and cell phone safer; it is also going to make instant-on computers possible. Imagine, no more waiting for your computer to start up before playing your favorite video.

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picture of temporary electronic tattoo on wristPhoto courtesy of J. Rogers, University of Illinois

How will nanotechnology make electronics truly wearable?

Researchers are developing flexible and strainable electronics using 100 nanometer thick layers of silicon. Instead of a band around your wrist, an electronic “tattoo” on your wrist that moves with you can monitor your vital signs. 


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