Photos: Bringing nature's complexity to electronics

Microscopic creations

The process could allow complex 3D structures to be built using materials only a few microns thick. Because the process can be used to create silicon structures, it could be used to help make circuitry for range of electronic devices - from battery anodes, to solar cells, and biomedical devices. Researchers hope the structures will have a use in microelectromechanical components, photonics and optoelectronics and metamaterials.

Image: University of Illinois

By Nick Heath

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