Frontiers of Nanomanufacturing

J.A. Liddle
National Institute of Standards and Technology, US

Keywords: nanomanufacturing, metrology, design, fabrication


Nanomanufacturing covers a staggering range of materials, products and processes at different levels of maturity and scale. The common thread uniting these disparate activities is that the cost of the methods used in manufacturing – including design, process and metrology – must be consistent with both the price the products command and the size of the available market to be economically viable. Integrated circuit manufacturing has evolved over many years to an extremely high level of sophistication in all areas and serves as a useful baseline for comparison. In this talk I will discuss the relative maturity of technologies such as nanocomposites, block copolymers and structural DNA, as it relates to the level needed for nanomanufacturing in the areas of design, fabrication, and measurement and highlight what still remains to be accomplished.