Wednesday, June 29, 2011

US Patent 7968474 - Nanowire alignment and deposition

This patent is co-owned by Sharp and Nanosys and includes some basic claim to the alignment of nanowires during deposition. Claim 1 reads:

1. A method for positioning one or more nanowires, comprising

(a) providing one or more nanowires proximate to an electrode pair;

(b) energizing the electrode pair by generating an AC electric field between the electrode pair, whereby the nanowires become associated with the electrode pair; and

(c) modulating the energizing of the electrode pair by adjusting the frequency of the AC electric field, adjusting the amplitude of the AC electric field, or both, whereby the nanowires become coupled onto the electrode pair.

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