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Engineers Develop Low-Cost Recipe for Patterning Microchips

September 2, 2007

engineering graphic Creating ultrasmall grooves on microchips--a key part of many modern technologies--is about to become as easy as making a sandwich, using a new process invented by Princeton University engineers. The simple, low-cost technique results in the self-formation of periodic lines separated by as few as 60 nanometers on microchips. Features of this size have many uses in optical, biological and electronic devices, including the alignment of liquid crystals in displays. Full Story

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