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Supramolecular chemistry

Molecular wires get connected

A long-standing issue in nanotechnology is how to connect molecular electronic devices. A method for splicing nanoscale wires made from different materials paves the way for a solution to this problem.

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Figure 1: Stepwise self-assembly of molecular wires.


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Bassani, D. Molecular wires get connected. Nature 480, 326–327 (2011).

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