With New Grant, RPI Works To Shrink Microchips, Expand Semiconductor Workforce

RPI will lead the $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation
Transistors — the tiny on-off switches inside microchips — have gotten smaller and smaller over the years, increasing computing power and enabling smaller devices. During that time, the copper wires that connect these switches have likewise shrunk. However, smaller, thinner wires create a big problem, said Daniel Gall, professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.