While electronics R&D labs do undeniably innovate, path-breaking findings coming from the pure sciences—new materials, chemical or physical properties, methods learnt from biological systems, etc—often open up game-changing alternatives with the potential to disrupt the smooth flow of technological progress.
Graphene nanoribbons (Image courtesy: naukoved.ru/news/view/280/)
Telecommunications expert and faculty at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Dr Suresh Borkar says, “The primary focus in electronics and communications is miniaturisation, performance, universal access and power savings. The applications encompass almost all of human endeavour including communications, transportation, health management and entertainment. For continued progress, cross-disciplinary advances are needed in many areas including materials sciences, physical sciences, chemical sciences, biological sciences and mathematics.”
In the wake of the New Year, we decided to celebrate the contributions of science to the fields of electronics, computing and telecommunications, by discussing how pure science research could transform technology in the future. Here are some recent examples from a wide, unending pool.