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October 20, 2014

Sustainable chemistry center works to transform electronics manufacturing

The changes brewing in this lab could make that smart phone you carry smarter, lighter and more sustainable. It's one of many devices getting an electronic makeover at the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC). With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), center Director Doug Keszler and his team in the College of Science at Oregon State University are developing the next generation of electronic circuits, starting with the basic computer chip. In the manufacturing process, they want to replace bulky carbon compounds with metal oxides, in order to put more transistors onto a chip. The new process would be cleaner, faster and cheaper.

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