IBM Research has won the first prize in the Global Nano Innovation Contest sponsored by the Industrial Technology Research Institute for its work titled, ‘Graphene Nanoelectronics: Wafer Scale Single Atomic Layer Carbon RF Devices and Circuits’.
In its innovative work, IBM Research has utilized graphene in the RF amplifier. The company plans to use the high conductivity material extensively in ultra-frequency telecommunication electronic devices, including mobile phone and medical equipment. The wonder material finds applications in the low power and ultrahigh speed analog and digital instruments and optoelectronics.
The Global Nano Innovation Contest is being conducted to encourage and recognize the applications of nanotechnology prototype products. The participants who cleared the first stage contest should realize their innovative designs and make quasi-products that are patent protected and agreeable to the market within eight months. The titles of the contest cover fields such as energy resource, sensing equipment, biochemistry and nanoelectronics.
The second prize has gone to the University of Waterloo for its work titled, ‘Nanosensors for X-ray Radiation Dosimetry in a Wireless Network’ and NASA received the third prize for its work titled, ‘A Nano Chemical Sensor in a Cell Phone’. IBM also earned Honorable Mention for its another entry titled, ‘Carbon Based Touch Panel Transparent Electrodes Using Graphene/ Nanotube’. Bangor University and National Tsing Hua University also secured Honorable Mention for their ‘3D Nano-Structures for Enhanced Performance of Organic Solar Cells’ and ‘Intelligent Poisonous Gas Purifier’, respectively.