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2005AE0066-000838

Sept. 21, 2005

Ministry of Advanced Education

     

 

NANOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CENTRE TO OPEN AT SFU

 


The principal researchers involved in 4D LABS have more than 30 granted patent applications and more than 10 pending United States patent applications, many of which have been filed internationally.

 

Within the next 20 years, the traditional electronics industry is expected to reach the limitations inherent in solid-state electronic systems.

 

4D LABS researchers will undertake three new initiatives in the fields of molecular electronics, photonics, and magnonics in order to overcome these limitations.

 

Molecular electronics offers the potential for computers with a million times the processing power of current computers with the same footprint. 4D LABS is currently building the first functioning molecular electronic devices, which could revolutionize such items as PDAs and wireless phones.

 

Photonics allows information to be transmitted via light. At present, when information hits an electrical switch in the fibre-optics network it slows down. Photonic switches would allow the information to remain in the form of light and prevent fluctuations in the transmissions.

 

Magonics would allow magnetic waves to carry information. This could give rise to a new way of processing information.

 

4D LABS is also developing partnerships with medical institutes to develop the next generation of medical diagnostics anything from a blood test to a CAT scan and new drug therapies.

4D LABS will offer a unique training opportunity that will give students access to methods of study not normally available to them in their research.

 

Nanotechnology was declared No. 1 out of 10 top tech trends by international consulting firm Deloitte Touche in February 2005.

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