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  1. 1. Application of Nanotechnology in Electronics Presented by Najiya KPP Mtech NST
  2. 2. Nanoscience –working small,thinking big
  3. 3. Nano:From the Greek nanos -meaning "dwarf”,this prefix is used in themetric system to mean10-9 or1/1,000,000,000.
  4. 4. Nanotechnology• Nanotechnology is exciting emerging science & technological field.• It is all about building things atom by atom & molecule by molecule.• Goal of this technology is to make tiny devices called ‘Nanomachines’.
  5. 5. What is Nanotechnology Semiconducting metal junctionAn engineered DNA strand pRNA tiny motor formed by two carbon nanotubesNanotechnology is the creation of functional materials, devices andsystems, through the understanding and control of matter at dimensions inthe nanometer scale length (1-100 nm), where new functionalities andproperties of matter are observed and harnessed for a broad range ofapplications
  6. 6. What is Nanoscale Fullerenes C60 12,756 Km 22 cm 0.7 nm1.27 × 107 m 0.22 m 0.7 × 10-9 m 10 millions times 1 billion times smaller smaller
  7. 7. What’s the BIG deal about something so SMALL ?Materials behave differently at this size scale.It’s not just about miniaturization. Color depends on particle size Quantum dots 3.2 nm in diameter have blue emission Quantum dots 5 nm in diameter have red emissionEvident Technologiesevidot Quantum Dots
  8. 8. Is this technology new? In one sense there is nothing new… • Whether we knew it or not, every piece of technology has involved the manipulation of atoms at some level. • Many existing technologies depend crucially on processes that take place on the nanometer scale. Ex: Photography & CatalysisNanotechnology, like any other branch of science, is primarilyconcerned with understanding how nature works.
  9. 9. Working at the nanoscale• Working in the nanoworld was first proposed by Richard Feynman back in 1959.• But its only true in the last decade.• The world of the ultra small, in practical terms, is a distant place.• We cant see or touch it.• Because, optical microscopes cant provide images of anything smaller than the wavelength of visible light (ie, nothing smaller than 380 nanometres).
  10. 10. From “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom”, Dec 29, 1959This image was written using Dip-Pen Nanolithography, and imaged using lateral forcemicroscopy mode of an atomic force microscope.
  11. 11. What makes the nanoscale special? High density of structures is possible with small size. Physical and chemical properties can be different at the nano-scale (e.g. electronic, optical, mechanical, thermal, chemical). The physical behavior of material can be different in the nano-regime because of the different ways physical properties scale with dimension (e.g. area vs. volume). Prof. Richard Feynman “There’s plenty of room at the bottom”
  12. 12. Physical/chemical properties can change as we approach the nano-scale Melting point of gold particles Fluorescence of semiconductor nanocrystals Decreasing crystal size K. J. Klabunde, 2001 M. Bawendi, MIT: Evident, Inc.: www.evidenttech.comBy controlling nano-scale (1) composition, (2) size, and (3) shape, we can create new materials with new properties  New technologies
  13. 13. Nanotechnology is estimated to become a trillion dollar market Areas in which nanotechnologies are expected to impact our everyday lives:• Electronics • Mechanical engineering• Photonics (communications • Aerospace & computing using photons) • Environmental remediation• Information storage • Pharmaceuticals & drug• Energy storage/transport delivery• Materials engineering • Biotechnology• Textiles
  14. 14. Moore’s Law• The number of transistors on a chip will approximately double every 18 to 24 months (Moore’s Law).• This law has given chip designers greater incentives to incorporate new features on silicon.
  15. 15. • Moores Law works largely through shrinking transistors, the circuits that carry electrical signals.• By shrinking transistors, designers can squeeze more transistors into a chip.
  16. 16. Nanoscale MaterialsNanowires and Nanotubes• Lateral dimension: 1 – 100 nm• Nanowires and nanotubes exhibit novel physical, electronic and optical properties due to – Two dimensional quantum confinement – Structural one dimensionality – High surface to volume ratio• Potential application in wide range of nanodevices and systems – Nanoscale sensors and actuators – Photovoltaic devices – solar cells Nanowire Solar Cell: The – Transistors, diodes and LASERs nanowires create a surface that is able to absorb more sunlight than a flat surface – McMaster Univ., 2008
  17. 17. Nanoelectronics• Nanoelectronics refer to the use of nanotechnology on electronic components, especially transistors. Although the  term nanotechnology is generally defined as utilizing technology less than 100 nm in size, nanoelectronics often refer to transistor devices that are so  small that inter-atomic interactions and quantum mechanical properties  need to be studied extensively. • Besides being small and allowing more transistors to be packed into a  single chip, the uniform and symmetrical structure of nanotubes allows a  higher electron mobility, a higher dielectric constant (faster frequency),  and a symmetrical electron/ hole characteristic.
  18. 18. CARBON-BASED SENSORS AND ELECTRONICS• Carbon nanomaterials such as one-dimensional (1D) carbon nanotubes and two-dimensional (2D) graphene have emerged as promising options  due to their superior electrical properties which allow for fabrication of faster and more power-efficient electronics. • At the same time their high surface to volume ratio combined with their excellent mechanical properties has rendered them a robust and highly sensitive building block for nanosensors
  19. 19. CARBON-BASED SENSORS A true example of nanotechnology: an  array of individually addressable  vertically-aligned carbon nanofibers for  sensing applications at the nanoscale. For  comparison, a single human hair is 1000  times thicker than any of the nanofibers in  the image. 
  20. 20. Graphene transistor • In 2004, it was shown for the  first time that a single sheet of  carbon atoms packed in a  honeycomb crystal lattice can be  isolated from graphite and is  stable at room temperature. The new nanomaterial, which is called graphene, allows electrons to move at an extraordinarily high speed. This  property, together with its  intrinsic nature of being one- atom-thick, can be exploited to  fabricate field-effect transistorsA layer of graphene acts as the conducting  that are faster and in a field-effect transistor
  21. 21. Carbon Nanotube Electronics• When a layer of graphene is rolled into a tube, a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) is formed. Consequently, SWNTs inherit the attractive electronic properties of graphene but their cylindrical structure makes  them a more readily available option for forming the channel in field-effect  transistors. Such transistors possess an electron mobility superior to their silicon-based counterpart and allow for larger current densities while  dissipating the heat generated from their operation more efficiently. • During the last decade, carbon nanotube-based devices have advanced  beyond single transistors to include more complex systems such as logic  gates and radio-frequency components
  22. 22. An artistic expression of an integrated circuit based on individual carbon nanotubes 
  23. 23. Carbon-based Nanosensors • In addition to the exceptional  electrical properties of graphene and  carbon nanotubes, their excellent thermal conductivity, high mechanical robustness, and very large surface to volume ratio make them superior materials for fabrication of electromechanical and electrochemical sensors with higher sensitivities, lower limits of detection, and faster response time.  A good example is the carbon nanotube-based mass sensor that can detect changes in mass caused  by a single gold atom adsorbing on  its surfaceAny additional gold atom that adsorbs on the surface of a vibrating carbon nanotube would change its resonance frequency which is further detected 
  24. 24. MOLECULAR ELECTRONICS• Recent advances in nanofabrication techniques have  provided the opportunity to use single molecules, or a tiny assembly of them, as the main building blocks of an electronic circuit. This, combined with the  developed tools of molecular synthesis to engineer  basic properties of molecules, has enabled the  realisation of novel functionalities beyond the scope  of traditional solid state devices.
  25. 25. Single Molecule Memory Device• A modern memory device, in its most common  implementation, stores each bit of data by charging up a tiny capacitor. The continuous downscaling of electronic circuits,  in this context, translates to storing less charge in a smaller  capacitor. • As memory device dimensions approach the nanometer range, the capacitor can be replaced by a single organic molecule such as Ferrocene, whose oxidation state can be  altered by moving an electron into or out of the molecule
  26. 26. Single Molecule Memory DeviceA neutral Ferrocene molecule is  An electron tunnels to the  The positively charged attached to a nanoelectrode  nanoelectrode by the  Ferrocene molecule representing a “0” state application of an external  represents a “1” state electrical field
  27. 27. A novel data storage system capable of 1015 bytes/cm2 is being explored.In this system, H atoms would be designated as 0 and F atoms as 1.A tip that can distinguish between 0 and 1 rapidly and unambiguouslyis being investigated.
  28. 28. Organic Transistor Odour Sensor • Organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) are a good example of the  scope of traditional electronic devices  being augmented by the chemical  reactivity of an organic semiconductor  material in their channel.  • In an odour sensor, the nano-scale chemical reactions upon exposure of the device to a certain atmospheric condition modify the electronic properties of the organic semiconducting material which is further reflected by a change in the current flowing through the transistor
  29. 29. QUANTUM COMPUTING       The excitement in the field of  quantum computing was  triggered in 1994 by Peter Shor who showed how a quantum algorithm could exponentially speed up a classical computation. Such algorithms  are implemented in a device that  makes direct use of quantum  mechanical phenomena such as  entanglement and superposition.       Since the physical laws that govern the behaviour of a system at the atomic scale areQuantum computing chip: the two black squares are  inherently quantum mechanicalthe quantum bits or qubits, the processing centre; the  in nature, nanotechnology hasmeandering line at the centre is the quantum bus; and  emerged as the mostthe lateral meandering lines are the quantum memory  appropriate tool to realise quantum computers
  30. 30. SINGLE ELECTRON TRANSISTOR      In contrast to common transistors, where  the  switching  action  requires  thousands  of  electrons,  a single electron transistor needs only one electron to change from the insulating to the conducting state.  Such  transistors  can  potentially  deliver  very  high device density and power efficiency with remarkable operational speed.  In  order  to implement single electron transistors, extremely small metallic islands with sub-100 nm dimensions have to be fabricated. These islands, which are referred to as quantum dots,  can  be  fabricated  by  employing  processes  made  available  by A single electron transistor in a surface  the advances in nanotechnologyacoustic wave echo chamber
  31. 31. SPINTRONICS       Similar to electrical charge, spin is another  fundamental property of matter. While  conventional electronic devices rely on the  transport of electrical charge carriers, the  emerging technology of spintronics employs the spin of electrons to encode and transfer information. Spintronics has the potential to deliver nanoscale memory and logic devices which process information faster, consume less power, and store more data in less space. The extension of the hard disk capacities to the gigabyte and the terabyte ranges was the main achievement of spintronics by taking advantage of Giant Magneto-Resistance (GMR) and Tunnel Magneto-Resistance (TMR) effects which are effective only at the nano scaleA close-up look at a hard disk drive improved with the Giant Magneto-Resistance technology
  32. 32. NANO-ELECTRO-MECHANICAL SYSTEMS (NEMS) •  All electronic tools have one thing in common: an integrated circuit (IC) acting as their “brain”. The extent to which this “brain” has  influenced our lives has already been tremendous but what if its decision- making capability is augmented by “eyes” and “arms”? Nano-electro- mechanical systems have evolved during the last 10 years to make this  dream come true by creating sensors (“eyes”) and actuators (“arms”) at  the same scale as the accompanying nanoelectronics.  • Recent developments in synthesis of nanomaterials with excellent electrical and mechanical properties have extended the boundaries of NEMS applications to include more advanced devices such as the non- volatile nano-electro-mechanical memory, where information is transferred and stored through a series of electrical and mechanical actions at the nanoscale.
  33. 33. Nanochip− Currently available microprocessors use resolutions as small as 32 nm− Houses up to a billion transistors in a single chip− MEMS based nanochips have future capability of 2 nm cell leading to 1TB memory per chip A MEMS based nanochip – Nanochip Inc., 2006
  34. 34. Light Emitting Diode Organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology uses substances that emit red, green, blue or white light. Without any other source of illumination, OLED materials present bright, clear video and images that are easy to see at almost any angle. OLED displays stack up several thin layers of materials. They operate on the attraction between positively and negatively charged particles. When voltage is applied, one layer becomes negatively charged relative to another transparent layer. As energy passes from the negatively charged (cathode) layer to the other (anode) layer, it stimulates organic material between the two, which emits light visible through an outermost layer of glass.
  35. 35. Intel Celleron Processor Intel entered the nanotechnology era in 2000 when it began volume production of chips with sub- 100nm length transistors. Intel believes that the future of nanotechnology is silicon based; the company has a major effort in this area, both in-house and through external research programs.
  36. 36. iPod Nano Inside the iPod Nano are memory chips from Samsung and Toshiba. Samsung, the biggest producer of NAND and DRAM flash memory chips in the world, uses semiconductor manufacturing methods with precision below 100 nanometers. This precision, in part, is what enables the iPod Nanos 4 GB NAND flash memory.
  37. 37. SED Display  The Suface-conductor Electron-emitter Display (SED) based on a new type of flat- panel display technology, was created through the merging of Canons proprietary electron-emission and microfabrication technologies with Toshibas CRT technology and mass-production technologies for liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and semiconductors. Like conventional CRTs, SEDs utilize the collision of electrons with a phosphor-coated screen to emit light. Electron emitters, which correspond to an electron gun in a CRT, are distributed in an amount equal to the number of pixels on the display.
  38. 38. Notebook Computers The Q40 also incorporates Samsungs Silver Nano technology and is compliant with RoHS standards that restrict the use of hazardous substances. For extra peace of mind, it also carries the Samsung ECO Mark, certifying that the Q40 uses eco-friendly components and packing materials, and promotes power saving.  Silver Nano technology takes advantage of the anti-bacteria properties of silver to protect computer users from potentially harmful germs, molds and bacteria. It is applied as a high-tech coating on the Q40s keyboard and palm rest.
  39. 39. Keyboard & Mouse IOGEARs Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse combo is coated with a Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) and Silver (Ag) nano- particle compound. The coating uses two mechanisms to deactivate enzymes and proteins of bacteria from surviving on the surface of the product. The compound has been tested and proven effective against various bacteria.
  40. 40. XBOX The chip features a customized version of IBMs industry leading 64-bit PowerPC core. The chip includes three of these cores, each with two simultaneous threads and clock speeds greater than 3 GHz.  It features 165 million transistors fabricated using IBMs 90 nanometer Silicon on Insulator (SOI) technology to reduce heat and improve performance.
  41. 41. Organic Electroluminescent Display Made of nanostructured polymer films, OLED screens emit their own light and are lighter, smaller and more energy efficient than conventional liquid crystal displays. OEL were introduced to the world by Pioneer in 1999, and head units have never looked the same since. OEL displays, featured in select Premier and Pioneer models, have some intensely great advantages over normal displays, namely: you can read the display from wide angles and even in bright sunlight (what a concept!). Since it’s easier to read, it’s also easier to control, and you can keep your eyes on the road longer. Its a self-emitting device, so there’s no need for backlighting and it’s really efficient to operate.
  42. 42. Lithium-Ion Battery The new battery fuses Toshibas latest advances in nano-material technology for the electric devices sector with cumulative know-how in manufacturing lithium-ion battery cells. A breakthrough technology applied to the negative electrode uses new nano- particles to prevent organic liquid electrolytes from reducing during battery recharging. The nano-particles quickly absorb and store a vast amount of lithium ions, without causing any deterioration in the electrode.
  43. 43. Sensors We apply nanotechnology during sensor development, enabling us to minimize sensor size and increase unit pixels integrated into a limited area. This produces higher density as well as lower power consumption, so as to improve the vulnerability of previous image sensors in mobile phones.
  44. 44. NanolasersNanolasersThe complex interaction between light and nanometer structures, likewires, has possibilities as new technology for devices and sensors.Researchers are studying light emission from a semiconductor nanowire-typically 10-100 nanometers wide and a few micrometers long-whichfunctions as a laser. Lasers made from arrays of these wires have manypotential applications in communications and sensing for NASA.
  45. 45. AN ENGINEERED DNA STRAND  An engineered DNA strand between metal atom contacts could function as a molecular electronics device. Such molecules and nanostructures are expected to revolutionize electronics. Understanding the complex quantum physics involved via simulation guides design.
  46. 46. • Onboard computing systems for future autonomous intelligent vehicles - powerful, compact, low power consumption, radiation hard • High performance computing (Tera- and Peta-flops) - processing satellite data - integrated space vehicle engineering - climate modeling• Revolutionary computing technologies• Smart, compact sensors, ultrasmall probes• Advanced miniaturization of all systems• Microspacecraft• Thinking spacecraft• Micro-, nano-rovers for planetary exploration• Novel materials for future spacecraft
  47. 47. NASA Nanotechnology Roadmap C A P A B I L I T Y Multi-Functional Materials Adaptive Autonomous Self-Repairing Revolutionary Spacecraft Space Missions Aircraft Concepts (40% less mass) Reusable (30% less mass, High Strength Launch Vehicle 20% less emission, (20% less mass, Bio-Inspired Materials Materials 25% increased and Processes (>10 GPa) 20% less noise) range) Increasing levels of system design and integration • Single-walled • Nanotube • Integral • Smart “skin” • Biomimetic Materials nanotube fibers composites thermal/shape materials material control systems • Low-Power CNT • Molecular • Fault/radiation • Nano electronic • BiologicalElectronics/ electronic computing/data tolerant “brain” for space computingcomputing components storage electronics Exploration • In-space • Nano flight • Quantum • Integrated • NEMS flightSensors, s/c nanoprobes system navigation nanosensor systems @ 1 µWcomponents components sensors systems 2002 2004 2006 2011 2016 >
  48. 48. Nanoelectronics and Computing Roadmap Impact on Space Transportation, Space Science and Earth Science 2002 2005 2010 2015 hν e- Sensor WebMission Complexity Robot Colony Nano-electronic components Europa Sub Ultra high density storage RLV Biomimetic, radiation resistant Biological Molecules molecular computing CNT Devices Compute Capacity
  49. 49. Nanosensor Roadmap Impact on Space Transportation, HEDS, Space Science and Astrobiology 2002 2005 2010 2015 Optical Sensors for Synthetic Vision 2020 Sensor WebMission Complexity Nanotube Vibration Sensor for Propulsion Diagnostics Mars Robot Colony Multi-sensor Bi Arrays (Chemical, os Europa Sub e optical and bio) ns or s Sharp CJV Spacestation Nanopore for in situ 2003 biomark-sensor ISPP Missions too early Sensor Capacity 1999 for nanotechnology DSI RAX impact
  50. 50. Nano-Materials Roadmap Impact on Space Transportation, Space Science and HEDS 2002 2005 2010 2015 Generation 3 RLV HEDS HabitatsMission Complexity CNT Tethers SELF-HEALING MATERIALS RLV Cryo Tanks SO - H SO - H SO - H + + + 3 3 3 C a++ - SO3 Ca++ - SO3 - SO3 Ca++ - SO3 Production of - SO3 Ca++ SO3 - Non-tacky temperature Tacky single CNT SELF-ASSEMBLING MATERIALS NANOTUBE MULTIFUNCTIONAL COMPOSITES MATERIALS Strong Smart Structures Nanotextiles CNT = Carbon Nanotubes
  51. 51. NANOCOMPUTERSA Nanocomputer is a computer whose fundamental componentsmeasure only a few nanometers(<100nm)-Minimum feature size on todays state-of-the-art commercialintegrated circuits measure about 350nm-Over 10,000 nanocomputer components could fit in the area of asingle modern microcomputer component-Could dramatically increase computing speed & density
  52. 52. NANOCOMPUTERSMain difference is one of physical scale More and more transistors are squeezed into silicon chipswith each passing year. To further decrease the size the concept “Nanolithography”will be needed. Nanolithography is used to create microscopic circuit as isit the art & science of etching,writing or printing atmicroscopic level where the dim of char are in order ofnanometer.
  53. 53. Nanoelectronics: Applications under DevelopmentResearchers are looking into the following nanoelectronics projects: Building transistors from carbon nanotubes to enable minimum transistor dimensions of a few nanometers and developing techniques to manufacture integrated circuits built with nanotube transistors. Using electrodes made from nanowires that would enable flat panel displays to be flexible as well as thinner than current flat panel displays. Transistors built in single atom thick graphene film to enable very high speed transistors. Combining gold nanoparticles with organic molecules to create a transistor known as a NOMFET(Nanoparticle Organic memory Field-Effect Transistor). Using carbon nanotubes to direct electrons to illuminate pixels, resulting in a lightweight, millimeter thick “nanoemissive display panel”. Using quantum dots to replace the fluorescent dots used in current displays. Displays using quantum dots should be simpler to make than current displays as well as use less power. Making integrated circuits with features that can be measured in nanometers (nm), such as the process that allows the production of integrated circuits with 22nm wide transistor gates.
  54. 54. Nanoelectronics: Applications under Development Using nanosized magnetic rings to make Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory(MRAM) which research has indicated may allow memory density of 400GB per square inch. Developing Molecular-sized Transistors which may allow us to shrink the width of transistor gates to approximately one nm which will significantly increase transistor density in integrated circuits. Using Self-aligning nanostructures to manufacture nanoscale integrated circuits. Using nanowires to build transistors without p-n junctions. Using buckyballs to build dense, low power memory devices. Using Magnetic Quantum dots in spintronic semiconductor devices. Spintronic devices are expected to be significantly higher density and lower power consumption because they measure the spin of electronics to determine a 1 or 0, rather than measuring groups of electronics as done in current semiconductor devices. Using nanowires made of an alloy of iron and nickel to create dense memory devices. By applying a current magnetized sections along the length of the wire. As the magnetized sections move along the wire, the data is read by a stationary sensor. This method is called Race track memory. Using silver nanowires embedded in a polymer to make conductive layers that can flex, without damaging the conductor.
  55. 55. Research ChallengesNano technology brings on new challenges• Existing tools for investigations at the atomic level are expensive to acquire and maintain• New research tools need to be developed to explore the nano realm• Specialized facilities are required to maintain the cleanliness need for nano technology• A new infrastructure might be required for the equipment yet-to-be-developed
  56. 56. Summary• There are many opportunities to incorporate nano technologies into innovative products• Fundamental research is required to understand the potential applications of the properties of nano materials• Future high tech products will incorporate the advantages of nano-materials• From the national interests, it is important for researchers to continue to push the understanding of nano technology
  57. 57. Conclusions• Building from Semiconductor provides ability to coordinate industry, university, and infrastructure roles in developing “nano” in more than electronics• Tools and facilities for nano are expensive• Nano-technology requires being on the leading edge of developments including equipment• Infrastructure development must be sustained• Continual evaluation of “weak” links is required
  58. 58. Thanks for your attention