Molecular electronics

Definition

Molecular electronics is the use of molecules as the primary building block for electronic circuitry. A molecular approach, it is hoped, will enable the construction of much smaller circuits than is currently possible using the more conventional semiconductors such as silicon. The motion of the electrons in such devices is inherently governed by quantum mechanics.

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    A crystalline organic semiconductor that combines the long spin-relaxation times of organic semiconductors with the high charge-carrier mobilities typically found in inorganic semiconductors provides unprecedented prospects for organic spintronics.

    • Christoph Boehme
    Nature Physics 13, 928–929
  • Editorial |

    Convergent efforts of researchers from different fields aim to control spin transport in molecules and develop nanoscale spintronic devices with improved performance or new functionalities.

  • News and Views |

    Molecular spintronics is an interdisciplinary field at the interface between organic spintronics, molecular magnetism, molecular electronics and quantum computing, which is advancing fast and promises large technological payoffs.

    • Andrea Cornia
    •  & Pierre Seneor
    Nature Materials 16, 505–506
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    Charge transfer through DNA has been well studied over recent decades from both a biological and electronics perspective. It has now been shown that charge transfer can be accelerated one hundredfold by using highly energetic 'hot holes', revealing a new mechanism that could help to create useful electronic biomaterials.

    • D. N. Beratan
    •  & D. H. Waldeck
    Nature Chemistry 8, 992–993
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    The discovery of intermediate high-spin multiexciton states with surprisingly long lifetimes provides new opportunities for engineering singlet fission, which may also provide an intriguing route to quantum information and spintronic applications.

    • Michael R. Wasielewski
    Nature Physics 13, 114–115