Thought for the month
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Maire Curie, Scientist (1867-1934).
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Chemical thermodynamic (non) epitaxy
Using the word "revolutionary" in the context of semiconductor materials is both interesting and dangerous. According to University of Maryland researchers (www.newsdesk.umd.edu/scitech/release.cfm?ArticleID=2106 and published in the journal Science 26 March 2010:Vol. 327. no. 5973, pp. 1634 - 1638) a completely new way to produce high quality semiconductor materials, "critical" for advanced microelectronics and nanotechnology, has been devised. The team has created a process that uses chemical thermodynamics to produce, in solution, a broad range of different combination materials, each with a shell of structurally perfect mono-crystal semiconductor around a metal core. Early days, but an HBT in a test tube?