The future of electronics—now in 2-D
The future of electronics could lie in a material from its past, as researchers from The Ohio State University work to turn germanium—the material of 1940s transistors—into a potential replacement for silicon.
Getting two for one: 'Bonus' electrons in germanium nanocrystals can lead to better solar cells
Researchers from FOM, the University of Amsterdam, the Delft University of Technology and the University of the Algarve have discovered that when light hits germanium nanocrystals, the crystals produce 'bonus ...
Graphene gets a 'cousin' in the shape of germanene
A team of European researchers has become one of the first groups to successfully synthesize the 2D material germanene.
Thin layer of germanium may replace silicon in semiconductors
(Phys.org) —The same material that formed the first primitive transistors more than 60 years ago can be modified in a new way to advance future electronics, according to a new study.
Researchers create 'nanoflowers' for energy storage, solar cells
(Phys.org)—Researchers from North Carolina State University have created flower-like structures out of germanium sulfide (GeS) – a semiconductor material – that have extremely thin petals with an enormous ...
New science suggests we might soon be able to mix computers and neurons
New data still have scientists in dark over dark matter
(PhysOrg.com) -- A dark-matter experiment deep in the Soudan mine of Minnesota now has detected a seasonal signal variation similar to one an Italian experiment has been reporting for more than a decade.
The curious case of germanium-72: An unusual isotope changes phases as temperature rises
(PhysOrg.com) -- There's a lot we don't know about the atomic nucleus, even though it was discovered a century ago this year.
First germanium laser brings us closer to 'optical computers'
(PhysOrg.com) -- MIT researchers have demonstrated the first laser built from germanium that can produce wavelengths of light useful for optical communication. It’s also the first germanium laser to operate ...
Robotics breakthrough: Scientists make artificial skin
Biotech wizards have engineered electronic skin that can sense touch, in a major step towards next-generation robotics and prosthetic limbs.
Simpler process to grow germanium nanowires could improve lithium ion batteries
(Phys.org) —Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed what they call "a simple, one-step method" to grow nanowires of germanium from an aqueous solution. Their process ...
Magical BEANs: New nano-sized particles could provide mega-sized data storage
The ability of phase-change materials to readily and swiftly transition between different phases has made them valuable as a low-power source of non-volatile or “flash” memory and data storage. Now an ...
Growing thin films of germanium
Researchers have developed a new technique to produce thin films of germanium crystals—key components for next-generation electronic devices such as advanced large-scale integrated circuits and flexible ...
Germanium tin could mean better and cheaper infrared cameras in smartphones
Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have fabricated a new semiconductor material—germanium tin deposited in layers on a substrate of silicon—that could be used to build better and less ...