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Silicon is used in the manufacture of computer chips

Press Release - 16 April 2008

Free public lecture to explore the possibilities of silicon

Silicon is used in microchips in computers but what else does this element have to offer? Professor Dmitry Kovalev will explore the uses of this versatile metalloid in a free public lecture at the University of Bath on Wednesday 23 April 2008 at 6.15pm (lecture theatre 2 East, 3.1).

The lecture given by Professor Kovalev from the University’s Department of Physics, will demonstrate the differences in properties between bulk silicon and silicon at nanoscale.

As the eighth most common element in the universe by mass, silicon occasionally occurs as a pure free element in nature and is commonly derived from sand. Bulk silicon is restricted for use mainly in electronic devices and solar cells but silicon at nanoscale offers a wide range of uses.

“We will demonstrate that silicon at nanoscale has entirely new properties due to morphological and quantum size effects,” said Professor Kovalev.

“These features result in new emerging functionalities.”

Professor Kovalev holds a PhD in Physics from St Petersburg University and has previously held posts of senior scientist and fellow at the Technical University of Munich and scientist at the Ioffe Institute, St Petersburg.

Admission is free, but tickets need to be reserved from Sheila Willmott, details above. Free parking is available in the West car park. The presentation will take place in lecture theatre 2 East 3.1 on the Claverton campus, University of Bath.

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