University of Illinois Urbana Champaign: Reseachers affiliated with Nano-CEMMS at UIUC and Purdue University have created high-performance Nanonet circuits with many potential areas of application in electronics.
John Rogers, Moonsub Shim, and colleagues have implemented a carbon-based semiconductor consisting of sub-monolayer, random networks of single-walled carbon nanotubes that yields small to medium sized integrated digital circuits. Their "nanonet" technology bypasses a typical flaw in carbon nanotube-based circuitry -- short circuits -- by cutting the nanonet into strips to break the path of metallic nanotubes. By doing so, the researchers were able to produce a flexible circuit containing nearly 100 transistors with excellent mobilities, operating voltages, and switching speeds.
Laboratory work at UIUC was complemented by theory and simulation work conducted at Purdue.