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Significant step towards engineering contact modules with vertical carbon nanotube interconnects

Imec researchers, in collaboration with Tokyo Electron, have successfully integrated and characterized carbon nanotubes (CNT) into 150nm contact holes with a TiN underlayer and a Cu single damascene top contact module. The process steps are CMOS-compatible and the platform is designed for fast and automatic electrical testing and for benchmarking different CNT recipes and process conditions.

Oct 21st, 2011

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Adoption of the new definition of nanomaterials by the European Commission: first reactions and analyses

This Tuesday, October 18, the European Commission published its long-awaited definition of nanomaterials after a year of intense negotiations. The reactions were not long in coming, revealing power struggles so far mainly confined to Brussels area. Here is a first insight into the politics hidden behind this supposedly neutral and "scientific" definition, the next obstacles and important meetings.

Oct 20th, 2011

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Shining light on carbon nanotubes

Their size makes carbon nanotubes difficult to detect, examine and manipulate. Michael Blades, a senior electrical engineering and physics double-major, worked on this problem last summer in a research internship with Lehigh's Environmental Initiative.

Oct 20th, 2011

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