Thursday, January 29, 2009

US Patent 7482253 - Fusing nanowires

Patterned arrays of nanowires can exhibit a large resistivity which limit their potential for electrical interconnects. this patent from Hewlett-Packard describes a crystal growth technique used to fuse prefabricated nanowires and reduce the resistance. Claim 1 reads:

1. A method of interconnecting nano-structures comprising:

performing crystal growth on prefabricated nano-structures immersed in a growth solution having a controllable saturation condition, such that interconnection between the nano-structures is facilitated.