Professor MIT, a suspected U.S. spy for China, helped open "best material" for the production of semiconductors

Professor MIT, a suspected U.S. spy for China, helped open "best material" for the production of sem

A team of researchers of the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced the discovery that the cubic arsenide of Bora has better characteristics for microchips than silicon production, calling it "". It is noteworthy that a Chinese-born scientist, formerly suspected of spying for China, also joined the team.

In July, scientists from MIT, the University of Houston and other scientific and educational institutions proved that the cube arsenide of boron produces both heat and electricity better than those commonly used in the manufacture of silicon semiconductors. According to a study, the cube arsenide of boron is 10 times more effective as a guide to heat than silicon, and it is also the best guide for both electrons and electronic holes, which is particularly important for the characteristics of a semiconductor. Materials such as the Bora Arsenide, if they can find commercial applications, can change the "rules of play" in the industry.

Gang Chen, formerly head of the MIT Engineering Department, was also part of the research team for a whole year and was investigated for suspicion of espionage, after which the U.S. Department of Justice dropped charges for lack of evidence. According to Fortune, in the Trump era, the Ministry of Justice launched an investigation into dozens of Chinese scientists and American scientists of Chinese origin in China under the China Initiative Programme, accusing them of having links with Chinese agencies for the transfer of advanced technology to Beijing.

It is possible that decades will pass before the commercial use of the Bore chips — if technology is found to be suitable for use at all — but the material is expected to produce better, faster and compact chips than today — these results, according to Fothrune, may have been lost by pressure on professionals like Chen.

It is known that the authorities arrested Chen, born in China in January 2021, and charged him, among other things, with hiding ties with Chinese agencies in applications for a grant from the US Department of Energy.

The scientific community, including scientists at MIT, criticized the arrest and wrote an open letter stating, inter alia, that under President Joe Biden, the Ministry of Justice had dropped all charges after the Ministry of Energy had reported that Gang Chen had never had any contact with China.

Scientists have emphasized that this kind of witch hunt scares researchers, particularly from China, from moving to the United States, which prevents the United States from taking advantage of their intellectual potential. According to a study by the United States, it will require a 50% increase in the number of semiconductor-related professionals in order to move the chip-making center from Asia to North America, and the talent will have to be recruited from abroad, including from China.