In the world of nanotechnology where sizes are measured in billions of parts of a meter and in 2.54cm there are 25,400,000 nanometers, joining nanoscale units with structures 100 microns long (the width of a human hair ) looks like a world-renowned achievement. Only about 25 of these nanoribbons placed end to end would make 1 inch.
In a report to be published in the June 20 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society ("Ultralong Nanobelts Self-Assembled from an Asymmetric Perylene Tetracarboxylic Diimide"), a weekly publication, Ling Zang and his colleagues claim that this The discovery will facilitate the construction of embedded nanoelectronic devices, which typically require "long" lengths of wire to connect electrodes and other electronic components. Made of an electrically conductive material widely used in certain electronic devices, nanoribbons will be very suitable as cables.
The report describes the development of a new self-assembly process, in which one form of the material spontaneously joins others to form long nanoribbons of uniform size. As stated in it, with their length and their ability to conduct electricity, nanoribbons appear to be ideal for a wide range of electronic applications.