South Perth resident among 5 scientists recognised at WA Young Tall Poppy Awards


Dr Nadim Darwish with the tunnelling microscope used largely for his research.
Dr Nadim Darwish with the tunnelling microscope used largely for his research.

NEW research by ARC-DECRA Research Fellow and South Perth resident Nadim Darwish could reduce the costs and size of electronic devices.

Dr Darwish was among five WA early career scientists recognised at the WA Young Tall Poppy Awards.

In 2016, he started exploring whether individual molecules could be used to create electrical circuits.

“The current technology cannot go smaller than the wavelength of light which is between 400 and 700 nanometres,” Dr Darwish said.

“However, we have managed to create a circuit from a single molecule, which is about 1 nanometre in length and 0.2 nanometre in width.

“With that change in size, we could fit more electrical components, about 100 trillion per cm sq, into a micro chip increasing the power of a device on the current market by 100,000 times.”

Dr Darwish said as the research combined both chemistry and electronics, the application of how it could be used was vast, from medicine to traffic control or simply faster data transfer and greater storage on a mobile phone.

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