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CHF staff and scholars provide a behind-the-scenes guide to activities at CHF, with reflections on science education, provocative explorations of chemistry in the wider world, and much more.

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All posts by David C. Brock

The Geography of the Semiconductor: Lessons from Herman Fialkov

The story of Herman Fialkov, who died earlier this year, provides an exemplary lesson on semiconductor electronics and venture capital on both the East and West coasts.

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Posted In: History | Technology

Pioneers of Nanotechnology

In January 2011, I conducted an interview with James Von Ehr II, arguably the entrepreneur who has invested the most of his personal resources in nanotechnology, as part of the partnership between  the Center for Contemporary History and Policy and the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Posted In: History | Policy

The Virtuous Circle: Chemistry and Electronics

One of the largest instrumentation firms on the planet, Life Technologies, made a splash recently with its announcement of the first commercial DNA sequencer to employ semiconductor sequencing, the latest in a long series of virtuous circles of innovation produced by the intersection of chemistry with electronics.

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Posted In: Policy