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Nat Nanotechnol. 2007 Oct;2(10):605-15. doi: 10.1038/nnano.2007.300. Epub 2007 Sep 30.

Carbon-based electronics.

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IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598, USA.


The semiconductor industry has been able to improve the performance of electronic systems for more than four decades by making ever-smaller devices. However, this approach will soon encounter both scientific and technical limits, which is why the industry is exploring a number of alternative device technologies. Here we review the progress that has been made with carbon nanotubes and, more recently, graphene layers and nanoribbons. Field-effect transistors based on semiconductor nanotubes and graphene nanoribbons have already been demonstrated, and metallic nanotubes could be used as high-performance interconnects. Moreover, owing to the excellent optical properties of nanotubes it could be possible to make both electronic and optoelectronic devices from the same material.

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