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How to improve memory sticks by using nanotechnology?

04. November 2016


Kristjan Kalam, a Ph. D. student of Materials Science of the University of Tartu, explains in a three-minute video the working principles of a memory stick and how to apply nanotechnology in the development of a novel type of memory.

To achieve this, he is working in the university’s Laboratory of Thin Film Technology, on the development of innovative and efficient memory materials with elements of smallest, even microscopic, dimensions. Watch the science video at ERR’s science portal Novaator.

The best memory element can be assembled atomic layer by atomic layer. Memory elements constructed of stacked individual atom layers would allow even further improvement of smart devices.

Such ultra-thin films are prepared by Kalam in the University of Tartu by using the atomic layer deposition technique that allows creating materials of any composition and structure.

The Ph.D. student explained that the suitable material in a future smart device must meet numerous specific requirements. A variety of materials suitable for electronics applications are being examined in leading science laboratories across the world and quite soon, after meticulous examination in a science laboratory and if suitable, they will find their way into the industry.

Kristjan Kalam’s video “How to make smart devices smarter?” also received recognition in the three minute video contest of the University of Tartu.

Edited by

Katre Tatrik

University of Tartu