A four-year collaborative scientific project aims to reduce power consumption and dramatically increase battery life in mobile devices, by exploring new semiconducting materials in the miniaturisation of transistors which are essential to all portable devices.
Leading researchers from the Republic of Ireland (Tyndall National Institute & Dublin City University), Northern Ireland (Queens University Belfast) and the US (University of Texas at Dallas) - each funded by their respective government agencies - are collaborating to pursue the UNITE project: Understanding the Nature of Interfaces in Two-Dimensional Electronic Devices.
UNITE will create and test the properties of atomically-thin, 2-dimensional layers of semiconductors called, transition metal dichalcogenides (or TMD’s for short). The properties these materials have displayed to date suggest that they can enable extremely efficient power usage and high performance computing.
The application of these materials in transistors could prolong the battery charge life of portable devices and phones, as well as having applications in larger more power intensive operations like data storage and server centres. This will have obvious environmental benefits through the reduction of electrical energy consumed by information and communication technologies as well as benefitting consumers.
|University of Texas at Dallas|
|Queens University Belfast|
|Dublin City University|
|Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork|
|National Science Foundation (NSF)|
|Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)|
|Invest Northern Ireland (InvestNI)|
University of Texas at Dallas
Queens University Belfast
Dublin City University
Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork
Science Foundation Ireland Projects