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Nanoscale fabrication: techniques, limitations and future prospects

Nanoscale fabrication: techniques, limitations and future prospects Purpose – This paper aims to provide an overview of the strategies and techniques being used and developed for the fabrication of nanoscale devices. Design/methodology/approach – This paper discusses various nanofabrication technologies and strategies and highlights their merits and limitations. It concludes with a consideration of longer‐term possibilities. Findings – It is shown that top‐down nanofabrication frequently uses lithographic and other techniques derived from the microtechnology industry but recent research appears to have identified a limit to its capabilities. Bottom‐up nanofabrication is less well‐developed but techniques such as molecular mechanosynthesis may offer unique capabilities in the longer‐term. Originality/value – The paper provides a timely review of the rapidly developing field of nanofabrication technology. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Assembly Automation Emerald Publishing

Nanoscale fabrication: techniques, limitations and future prospects

Assembly Automation , Volume 31 (4): 5 – Sep 27, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0144-5154
DOI
10.1108/01445151111172862
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to provide an overview of the strategies and techniques being used and developed for the fabrication of nanoscale devices. Design/methodology/approach – This paper discusses various nanofabrication technologies and strategies and highlights their merits and limitations. It concludes with a consideration of longer‐term possibilities. Findings – It is shown that top‐down nanofabrication frequently uses lithographic and other techniques derived from the microtechnology industry but recent research appears to have identified a limit to its capabilities. Bottom‐up nanofabrication is less well‐developed but techniques such as molecular mechanosynthesis may offer unique capabilities in the longer‐term. Originality/value – The paper provides a timely review of the rapidly developing field of nanofabrication technology.

Journal

Assembly AutomationEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 27, 2011

Keywords: Nanotechnology; Manufacturing; Nanofabrication; Molecular assembly; Mechanosynthesis; Nanofactory; Manufacturing industries; Assembly

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