Friday, October 23, 2015

From semiconductors to superbug killers

What are IBMers doing in nanomedicine anyway?
While exploring new ways to etch silicon wafers used in semiconductors, IBM researchers identified a new kind of polymer that produces an electrostatic charge when chained together.

IBM researchers realized if they could manipulate materials at the atomic level to control their movement and the electrostatic charge in a silicon wafer, they could translate those results to nanomedicine.

Ninja Polymers were born when IBM scientists partnered with the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore to explore ways to use these charged polymer structures in the ongoing fight against MRSA.

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