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A brief history of molecular electronics

The field of molecular electronics has been around for more than 40 years, but only recently have some fundamental problems been overcome. It is now time for researchers to move beyond simple descriptions of charge transport and explore the numerous intrinsic features of molecules.

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Figure 1: Measured conductance histogram of a pentanediol species using two different methods of analysis (green, blue).

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Ratner, M. A brief history of molecular electronics. Nature Nanotech 8, 378–381 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2013.110

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