YOUVAL GOLAN (Photo) : « A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter, about the length of 10 hydrogen atoms placed in a row. Or, as Prof. Yuval Golan described it in a recent talk at the Illinois Science and Technology Park, a nanoparticle is roughly one-millionth the size of an ant.TechRepublic spoke with Prof. Golan, director of Ben-Gurion University’s Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology and a member of the University’s Department of Materials Engineering, about the exciting world of nanotechnology.
Excerpts from the interview follow.
TechRepublic: At Ben-Gurion University, what are the areas of nanotech activity related to information technology?
Yuval Golan: We have a startup company in the industrial park that’s working on carbon nanotubes for making supercapacitors, for information storage, for storage of electrical charge, for batteries. There’s a lot going on in that field, a lot. [Elbit Systems is funding this startup.]
Regarding other activity we have that’s related to information technology—there’s one group particularly that’s working on atom chips, making chips from cold atoms, or ion chips. This is directly related to computing ».