26 May '15, 8pm

Molecular Electronics Takes Large Stride Forward

Molecular Electronics Takes Large Stride Forward

Molecular electronics has long promised a day when individual molecules would serve as the basic building blocks for electronics. That day has moved a bit closer thanks to research out of the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science. Researchers there have developed a new technique that makes it possible to produce a diode from a single molecule . In research published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology , the researchers claim that they have not only produced a single-molecule diode, but that it greatly outperforms all previous designs. “Our new approach created a single-molecule diode that has a high rectification and a high ‘on’ current,” said Latha Venkataraman, a professor of applied physics at Columbia, in a press release. “Constructing a device where the active elements are only a single molecule has long been a tantalizing dream in nanoscience...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/devices...

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