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The UVA Virtual Lab is a collection of more than fifty presentations on microelectronics,  nanotechnology, and the... see more

Nanotechnology is not just a topic for physicists, chemists, and engineers. Laura explains the important role of... see more

Martin presents an overview of nanomanufacturing techniques, explaining the difference between top-down and bottom-up... see more

This resource describes a scanning electron microscope (SEM). It includes detailed depictions of how the electron beam is... see more

Scanning Probe Microscopes (SPM's) include Atomic Force Microscopes (AFM's) and Scanning Tunneling Microscopes (STM's or... see more

In this resource we disassemble the piezoelectric assembly of a scanning probe microscope. At its core is a white... see more

Laura explains how scanning probe microscopes can be used to create images of small devices, molecules, and even atoms! A... see more

Join Laura and Martin on a wild ride through the milliworld and the microworld to reach the nanoworld. Along the way,... see more

This resource depicts the step-by-step process by which the transistors of an integrated circuit are made.

Martin and Laura have an interesting debate about the feasibility of Molecular Manufacturing. Can molecular assemblers be... see more

This annimation shows how semiconductor crystals work and how they are used to make transistor switches.

This resource describes Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE). Microelectronic devices are made by repeating two steps: 1)... see more

YouTube Video series developed at UMass Amherst by the Center for Hierachical Manufacturing and the Center for... see more

An earlier animation described how "Quantum-dot Cellular Automata" (QCAs) could serve as memory cells and wires. This... see more

Scientists and engineers are looking for completely different ways of storing and analyzing information. Quantum-dot... see more