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  • Nanotubes can solder themselves, markedly improving device performance

    Electrical and computer engineering professor Joseph Lyding led the research team that developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the world's tiniest soldering iron.

    Electrical and computer engineering professor Joseph Lyding led the research team that developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the world's tiniest soldering iron.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Electrical and computer engineering professor Joseph Lyding led the research team that developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the world's tiniest soldering iron.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      Illinois professor Joseph Lyding narrates an animation demonstrating the process of nano-soldering, which improves nanotube transistors. Metal self-deposits onto hotspot junctions, healing gaps between nanotubes.

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  • To reach Joe Lyding, call 217-333-8370; email lyding@illinois.edu.

    The paper, “Nanosoldering Carbon Nanotube Junctions by Local Chemical Vapor Deposition for Improved Device Performance,” is available online.