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Molecular electronics

Rectifying current behaviours

Inorganic semiconductors have long been used to construct rectifying diodes, but making them out of single molecules has remained a challenge. Now, two separate studies have induced rectification behaviour within molecular systems through different approaches.

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Figure 1: Energy-band diagrams for metal/molecule/metal systems, illustrating two different approaches used for rectification.


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