Nanocrystal non-volatile memory devices

Year 2003
Project team Vladimir Bulovic and Moungi Bewendi

Nano-scale memory cells

In the drive to build more powerful, smaller, faster computing systems, this research sought to develop better-performing “non-volatile memory” – memory that could be used for storage in digital cameras, computers, and other consumer electronics. This project proposed a way to use self-assembly to manufacture a persistent, nano-scale memory cell that could be produced in an inexpensive organic production system. The performance advantages are many: this technology could lead to longer-life memory, with lower manufacturing costs, and, because each component is on a nanometer scale, it could offer many times the packing density of conventional memory cell arrays.