August 27, 2003
FRONTIERS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE
VINSE COLLOQUIUM SERIES
Dr. Gari Harris
"The Micro-Nano Transition - No SMALL Task!"
Abstract. There is little debate that the long term economic future for the Semiconductor Industry will include some form of Nanotechnology. This presentation will review some of the challenges facing the semiconductor industry over the next decade and explain how the industry is facing up to these challenges utilizing "known-device" technologies - a technological area receiving reduced Consortia and Government support.
The last five years however, have seen "Nanotechnology" become an "en vogue" research area that is well funded by both Government and industry. The second section of this presentation will look at some of the technologies that the industry is investigating, including molecular electronics and nanotube devices, and illustrate some of the challenges these solutions currently suffer from.
Finally, the presentation will address two questions.
Will Nanotechnology replace conventional microtechnology? If so, when?
The micro-chip revolution brought us many new applications utilizing microtechnology. What does the nano-chip have in store for us?