A basic design of a light-based chip.
As electronic transistors get tinier, they approach a point at which they won't be able to get smaller. How can we keep shrinking our devices, and making them more powerful at the same time? Light.
Gone to waste: not enough of Australia’s obsolete electronics are being recovered.
AAP Image/Alan Porritt
Australia is among the world's top ten users of electronic and electrical products. But our systems for recycling the resulting 'e-waste' fall a long way short of other rich nations.
Chris Harrison, Scott Saponas, Desney Tan, Dan Morris - Microsoft Research
Imagine if your smartphone was built into your arm. Flexible organic electronics could one day make artificial skin displays a reality.
Materials science has lots of options for building.
Molybdenum disulphide, hexagonal boron nitride and other materials yet to be discovered will be used to build the electronics of the future.
A molecular beam epitaxy machine used to create semiconductor samples.
John C. Bean (University of Virginia) and Tom Vandervelde (Tufts University)
As we reach the limits of what can be done with silicon, the search for new and improved superconductors is on.
Displays you can roll up and put in your pocket are routinely touted as the next advance in screen technology. So why don't we have them in our homes yet?
The microprocessors on this wafer of silicon have transistors measuring in the nanometres.
As the components in electronic devices are shrinking to the nanoscale, even a single atom out of place can disrupt their function. But this also presents an opportunity to make them even better.
When silicon circuits shrink too small to handle electrons, the future of electronics is spintronics.
Silicon isn't the perfect semiconductor, it's just the one we're using. How can we ensure our electronics keep get getting faster in the face of silicon's natural physical limits?
Fans cheer during The International Dota 2 Championships in Seattle, Washington earlier this month.
The US$17 million prize pool at The International Dota 2 Championships shows how much the industry has grown over the past decade.
Scientists have figured out how to make this…with graphene.
McEuen Group, Cornell University
Who says scientists aren't artistic? A team of researchers have done some amazing kirigami work, an ancient Japanese paper art, using graphene.
Does the brain function like electronic circuits?
Electronic engineers are emerging as important contributors to understanding of the workings of the human brain. There is a rapidly growing intersection between electronic engineering and neuroscience…
Low frequency vibrations could power small electronic devices indefinitely. Researchers have designed an aluminium nitride-based…
A home-made hexapod robot on display at a Mini Maker Faire at Somerville in the US.
One evening when I was young, my father confiscated my radio because he said I was playing it too loud (I wasn’t). Fortunately, I had a bunch of broken down receivers in my room, so I built a new one…
American researchers have found a new solvent to safely turn semiconductors, which are materials that conduct their own energy…
Hazardous, I tell you - and I’m not talking about the manufacturers’ customer service.
The manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, fuelled by increased consumption and by the equipment’s relatively short lifespan. As a result…
So serious are the effects of air pollution on human health - the WHO recently categorised it as carcinogenic, responsible for 223,000 deaths a year worldwide - that it is easy to neglect its wider impact…
By combining two materials - transparent conductive indium tin oxide and rubber-like silicone - researchers have found a…
Researchers at the Australian National University have improved energy storage technology inside electronic devices. They…
This beautiful symmetrical structure also holds the key to make better smartphones.
Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms, is being touted as the material that could change how electronics are made. But it’s difficult to make graphene in forms needed for electronics. Now, researchers…