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January 20th, 2006
In the Jan. 20, 2006, issue of Science, Columbia scientists explain how they have developed a unique way to connect the ends of carbon nanotubes by forming robust molecular bridges between them. The Columbia team was able to combine the best qualities of carbon nanotubes and organic molecules in a single electronic switch, the journal reported.
These new methods of constructing molecular bridges could one day revolutionize the size and scale of computer hardware by allowing engineers to design circuits at the nanoscale limits. The Columbia research, involving the ability to link nanotubes with an incredibly small diameter, brings scientists closer to creating miniature devices that also process information with molecules.
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