Shrinking electronics

Canadian researchers have turned to metal crystals bring order to organic materials, which could overcome a principal stumbling block in the development of nanoscale electronics. So far the team at McGill University has used a copper surface to template the polymerization of one-dimensional strands of material, as revealed by scanning probe microscopy. They hope to extend their approach to two dimensions in order to create organic graphite sheets, which they say might one day lead to nano chips a single molecule thick in which individual transistors would be ten times smaller than those available in conventional semiconductor electronics today.