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Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Time: 11:00 am
Speaker: Alex Liddle, NIST
Title: Nanomanufacturing: From Mesopotamia to the Present Day
Location: 67-3111 Chemla Room


Integrated circuit production is the preeminent nanomanufacturing technology and has transformed our world. The functionality and value provided per unit area by silicon are extraordinary by any measure. As a consequence, it is economically viable to use very capital-intensive fabrication processes to generate the required nanostructures. The success of silicon has inspired many to contemplate using the IC fabrication toolbox to produce nanoscale products, but the vast majority of other nanotechnology products cannot support the cost of such sophisticated manufacturing methods. In this talk I will give examples of how the complexity of the final product, its value and the overall market size dictate what type of nanomanufacturing approach, if any, is viable. I will also discuss how the development of platform manufacturing technologies can enable diverse applications.