Omicron does not stop success of EMA 2022

By Greg Geiger / January 25, 2022

For the second consecutive year, the annual Electronic Materials and Applications Conference was held as a virtual meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pivot to a virtual format did not hamper the exchange of quality technical content, however—nearly 300 attendees from 22 countries logged in to view the more than 300 oral and poster presentations.

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Video: European Commission proposes single standard charger for many electronic devices

By Lisa McDonald / September 29, 2021

Ever since some major phone producers pledged to harmonize chargers for data-enabled mobile phones in 2009, most chargers are now based on USB ports and connectors. Now, the European Commission is proposing legislation that would require USB Type C be the standard port for all smartphones and many other electronic devices.

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Toward next-gen electronics—machine learning framework accelerates exploration of how strain affects semiconductor properties

By Lisa McDonald / July 27, 2021

Elastic strain engineering is an emerging technique for enhancing the performance of functional materials. An international collaboration involving Skoltech, MIT, and Nanyang Technological University developed an expanded machine learning framework to accelerate the exploration of how strain affects semiconductor properties.

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Materials for electronics, plus more inside August 2021 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / July 15, 2021

The August 2021 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring materials for electronics—is now available online. Plus—USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries and PACK Fellowship Program.

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Strategies for designing stretchable electronics with advanced thermal management

By Lisa McDonald / June 18, 2021

The expanded range of motion available to stretchable electronics makes it difficult to maintain stable thermal conductance under large deformation. Two researchers from China describe several aspects of thermal management strategies that must be considered and offer several possible solutions that are worth further investigation.

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Video: Cryptocurrency and the need for more energy-efficient computing

By Lisa McDonald / May 19, 2021

Cryptocurrency is a hot topic among investors this past year, but its environmental impact and role in ransomware is cause for serious discussion about the future of this digital asset. Learn more about cryptocurrency and how new technologies can make mining it more energy efficient.

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Toward a flexible future: A review on droplet-based techniques for fabricating printed electronics

By Lisa McDonald / May 4, 2021

Printed electronics is an emerging branch of electronics manufacturing that offers a way to economically and conveniently produce electronic circuits and devices on flexible substrates. Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark reviewed processing techniques, ink materials, substrates, and sintering methods for printed electronics in their recent paper.

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ACerS virtual meetings start the year strong with Electronic Materials and Applications Conference 2021

By Lisa McDonald / January 29, 2021

The 12th annual Electronic Materials and Applications Conference (EMA 2021) took place virtually on Jan. 19–22, 2021. A record number of registrants tuned in for a week of presentations, networking, panels, and awards.

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Fab-bow-lous synthesis: Researchers grow graphene nanoribbons for lower cost at higher yield

By Lisa McDonald / January 19, 2021

Graphene nanoribbons are a family of carbon allotropes that exhibit semiconducting properties promising for electronic applications. However, the conventional bottom-up synthesis method for graphene nanoribbons is a costly and low-yield process. Researchers led by the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology developed an alternative method that is higher yield and lower cost.

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Stretching the possibilities: Bendable single-crystalline diamonds hold potential for next-generation electronics

By Lisa McDonald / January 15, 2021

Diamonds have many desirable properties for application in electronic devices, but their rigid crystalline structure and brittle nature make it difficult to use diamonds for such a purpose. An international team of researchers led by City University of Hong Kong revealed in 2018 that diamonds are bendable on the nanoscale, and a follow-up paper published by them this month expands on that finding.

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