Scientists at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) have discovered what they call, “a key step in microchip development.” They have found a way to grow molecular wires by provoking organic molecules to line up along natural pathways on a silicon crystal.
The next step in their research is to find a way to prompt molecular wires to turn corners. “If we can learn how to control whether that’s left or right, then you have the basis of a brand-new molecular form of lithography,” one researcher said. He also added that a practical application of this self-assembling wire technology in chip production is at least five years away.
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