Russia Makes Plastic Transistors

It is reported in ‘Radio e Televisione’ that the Russian scientist Nikolai Semenoff has set up a new type of transistor in plastic material which has properties similar to those of normal germanium transistors.’


So, over 50 years ago, starts a story in Electronics Weekly’s edition of April 19th 1961.

The story continues:


The plastic substance, bombarded by radiation, becomes semiconducting. The advantages of this new transistor are mainly economic.


The story concludes:


Germanium is obtainable in comparatively small quantities, while plastic materials can be easily produced by organic (chemical) synthesis.

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  1. David Manners
    December 19, 2012 15:34

    Well I think all Boeings have some Chinese parts in them, Mr C, so it looks as though Airbus or inebriation are the only alternatives.

  2. Mr Cynical
    December 19, 2012 15:05

    Incidentally Mr M, I am just as reserved about flying in a Chinese built Boeing 737!

  3. David Manners
    December 19, 2012 10:44

    Here, Here, Mr C

  4. Mr Cynical
    December 19, 2012 10:36

    Let’s hope that I never fly on a Russian airplane using them.

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