Nanotechnology @ IBM Research

IBM marks three decades of nanotechnology leadership. Two milestone IBM inventions—the Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) in 1981 and the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) in 1986—provided researchers around the world with the specialized tools they needed to explore the nanocosm and manipulate materials at the atomic level for the first time.

Highlights spanning more thirty years of scientific discoveries and innovations in nanoscience and nanotechnology from IBM Research Labs are featured on our historical timeline. (Viewing tip: More > 3d)

For a long time, people had dreamed of mak­ing a cir­cuit out of a mole­cule. Now we can make de­vices.

—Dr. Phaedon Avouris
Manager of Nanoscale Science
IBM Research

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