New Nanowire Is World’s Worst Electrical Conductor

August 10, 2017 -

Source: Scientific America

By Tabitha Watson, Chemistry World

A new type of molecular wire – formed from repeat units of silicon and oxygen – has been found to demonstrate the greatest resistance ever recorded, making them ideal insulators for molecular circuits.

In order for nanoscale electronics to progress, it requires both conductors and insulators. Traditionally, most research has focused on the development of increasingly efficient conductors. However, researchers from Denmark and the US have managed to develop the most insulating nanoscale material to date – siloxane wires.

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