Silicon wafers are the foundation for computer chips and solar cells, and they require a polymer coating before they can be used. This process, called “passivation,” protects the wafers from corrosion and ties up any loose atomic bonds. Seen here is a silicon wafer with a polymer coating at 500x magnification.
Image by Sarah Walters, University of Rochester.
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Silicon wafers are the foundation for computer chips and solar cells, and they require a polymer coating before they can be used. This process, called “passivation,” protects the wafers from corrosion and ties up any loose atomic bonds. Seen here is a silicon wafer with a polymer coating at 500x magnification.

Image by Sarah Walters, University of Rochester.

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