2-D Circuits: Atomic Level

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"Jan. 27, 2013 — Rice University scientists have taken an important step toward the creation of two-dimensional electronics with a process to make patterns in atom-thick layers that combine a conductor and an insulator.

The materials at play -- graphene and hexagonal boron nitride -- have been merged into sheets and built into a variety of patterns at nanoscale dimensions.

Rice introduced a technique to stitch the identically structured materials together nearly three years ago. Since then, the idea has received a lot of attention from researchers interested in the prospect of building 2-D, atomic-layer circuits, said Rice materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan. He is one of the authors of the new work that appears this week inNature Nanotechnology. In particular, Ajayan noted that Cornell University scientists reported an advance late last year on the art of making atomic-layer heterostructures through sequential growth schemes."

Yet more awesome science coming to you. This time in the form of EVEN SMALLER DEVICES. This process will no doubt allow for even smaller circuitry down the line, perhaps even to a sub-nano level. Get out your dreaming hats folks because it's time to see what we do with such an amazing technology!