Professor Alexander Moewes (right) and Neil Johnson (left) study a new super-thin material using synchrotron light. DAVID STOBBE / SASKATOON

Young Innovators: Powering the next computer revolution

Neil’s work on silicene is featured in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix newspaper as part of the Young Innovators series.

Read the full article here: http://thestarphoenix.com/news/saskatchewan/young-innovators-powering-the-next-computer-revolution 

From computers to cellphones, the silicon chips that make our electronic devices work have progressively shrunk in size by using smaller and faster components, sometimes just a few dozen atoms thick.     

But in about five years, chip developers will not be able to go smaller because materials that thin become progressively unreliable chip semiconductors, says Neil Johnson, a recent University of Saskatchewan PhD graduate.

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