Volume 8 Issue 6, June 2013



Review Article

  • Review Article |

    This Review describes emerging techniques for characterizing the fundamental properties of molecular junctions besides electronic transport.

    • Sriharsha V. Aradhya
    •  & Latha Venkataraman


  • Feature |

    Leading researchers in molecular electronics discuss the motivation behind their work and what they consider to be the grand challenges for the field.

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    Experiments with triple quantum dot devices show that distant qubits can be directly coupled and suggest a potential route to the development of fast, complex quantum circuits.

    • David J. Reilly
  • News & Views |

    Spontaneously formed natural nanostructures are responsible for a glass-like thermal conductivity in a perfectly crystalline semiconductor.

    • Austin J. Minnich
  • News & Views |

    Microcavity polaritons can be used to create optical switches, which could serve as the basic component of optical logic circuits.

    • David Snoke
  • News & Views |

    Voltage-controlled traps can halt the motion of fast magnetic domain walls in nanowires.

    • T. J. Hayward
    •  & D. A. Allwood
  • News & Views |

    Unimolecular block copolymer micelles can be used as a template to synthesize nanoparticles with a diverse range of sizes, compositions and architectures.

    • Eugene R. Zubarev


  • Commentary |

    Inexpensive, functional and atomically precise molecules could be the basis of future electronic devices, but integrating them into circuits will require the development of new ways to control the interface between molecules and electrodes.

    • Emanuel Lörtscher
  • Commentary |

    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.

    • Mark Ratner

Research Highlights


  • Editorial |

    The field of molecular electronics originally set out to build computers, but silicon-based technology is unlikely to be replaced anytime soon. Nevertheless, the field has developed into a highly interdisciplinary endeavour, which could have a variety of ramifications that extend beyond computing.


  • Focus |

    Molecular electronics

    Since the early 1970s, researchers have looked to use individual molecules as functional building blocks in electronic circuits, but the field of molecular electronics has been hampered by significant experimental challenges and practical devices have remained elusive. Recent improvements in the study of single-molecule junctions have, however, led to the discovery of a variety of novel effects, which could have an impact on a range of applications. This focus issue examines the challenges and opportunities for the field.

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