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Nanosys licenses IP technology from University of California

Posted: 31 Oct 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:University of California? semiconductor nanowire heterostructures? nanoscopic semiconductor wires Pentium microprocessor chip?

Nanosys Inc. has completed an exclusive licensing arrangement with The Regents of the University of California, for intellectual property technology on semiconductor nanowire heterostructures developed by a professor of chemistry at the university, Dr. Peidong Yang.

The patent portfolio covers fundamental compositions of matter and methods for the creation of novel nanowire heterostructures; nanoscopic semiconductor wires that are one ten-thousandths the width of a human hair. According to Yang, the composition of these wires are controllably modulated along their length and/or width to create features that are hundreds of times smaller than those on a current generation Pentium microprocessor chip.

Yang explains that this technology allows the production of electronic and optical materials that have previously only been envisioned in theory. By allowing such nanoscopic control over the composition of semiconductor nanowires, these materials will accelerate the pace of development of new applications such as: nano-barcoding, tunable wavelength nanowire LEDs and lasers, ultra-fast optical detectors, nanoscale electromechanical devices, and high-efficiency nano-based thermoelectric systems.

"The ability to seamlessly integrate two or more semiconductors into a single nanowire device allows us to create electronic materials that have never existed before. Examples of novel applications that will result form these materials are solid-state thermoelectric cooling, power generators, piezoelectric materials and nano-optoelectronics," Yang, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Nanosys, further comments.

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