Semiconductors are the core for many emerging technologies such as electronic, photonic, or photovoltaic devices. Significant growth of these technologies creates a high demand for development of new semiconductors and improvement of existing ones. A major trend is not only in witnessed in developing new efficient semiconducting materials and also in their effective processing. While the most commonly used semiconducting materials are silicon, gallium compounds, and germanium, they are expensive. Hence, significant R&D effort is focussed on providing more cost-efficient replacement for these materials. Researchers are now trying to use graphene and silicene (one atom thin layer of silicon) that can bring new opportunities for the nano-enhanced semiconductor market.
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Miniaturization, a move toward lower power consumption, and the need for enhanced features are driving innovations in the electronics sector. Technology focus areas include semiconductor manufacturing and design, flexible electronics, 3D integration/IC, MEMS and NEMS, solid state lighting, advanced displays, nanoelectronics, wearable electronics, brain computer interface, advanced displays, near field communication, and next generation data storage or memory.
Keywords: Semiconductors, graphene, gas detector, silicene, solar cells, quantum dots, perovskite