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Gold March 30, 2020 09:30:14 AM

Study Focuses on Huge Prospects of Gold’s Use in Electronic Devices

Paul Ploumis
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The study was conducted following concerns expressed by engineering community that tiny gold wires used in nano electronic devices are likely to behave as liquid.

Study Focuses on Huge Prospects of Gold’s Use in Electronic Devices

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster):  A recent research study has reaffirmed the bright prospects of gold in the manufacture of tiny electronic devices. The study was carried out by a team of researchers from Stanford University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Trinity College.

The study was conducted using a device called diamond anvil cell. It focused on analyzing the damage caused to gold’s atomic structure by putting tiny gold particles into extreme pressure. The experiment showed that the pressure dislodged some atoms and resulted in minor defects in the gold particle. The defects upon applying pressure proved that gold behaves like a solid even at such scales, said Wendy Gu, lead scientist.

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The study was conducted following concerns expressed by engineering community that tiny gold wires used in nano electronic devices are likely to behave as liquid. The very fact that the gold particles retained the deformations by not reverting to their original state upon lifting of pressure applied on them showed that gold behaves like a solid.

The research reaffirms viability of gold’s usage by chipmakers in designing nano devices for many more years to come. The gold’s luster in manufacture of tiny electronics is unlikely to fade, the study noted.

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