Saturday, January 21, 2006

Always Towards never At

Towards Molecular Electronics: New Way of Making Molecular Transistors from PhysOrg.com
Researchers at Columbia University's Nanoscience Center are on the verge of solving one of the most vexing barriers facing advances in molecular electronics: incorporating individual molecules into functional nanoscale devices and exploiting their electrical and chemical properties. [...]

Articles like these have become a little tiresome. A whole bunch of "Somedays" and "maybes" Can't these people ever go directly to product? And must the transition from hypothetical research and actual implementation always take between 5 and 10 years? The principles I read about above along with the last 5 years of advances in imagining, testing and verification of nanoscale devices tell me that this technology would be available in less than 2 years if the stream of innovation went directly between researcher and manufacturer. Is it a huge licensing issue that keeps these things tied up for 3-8 years or is it that the initial research is so specious and the reporting of it so flimsy and jargony that we are misled?



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