Advances in molecular electronics

Novel research on Molecular Electronics published in the journal Science.

Researchers at the Center for Nanoscience at Columbia University are about to solve one of the greatest difficulties facing advances in molecular electronics: incorporating individual molecules into functional devices at the nanoscale and exploiting their chemical and electrical properties. .

Scientists have long been interested in carbon nanotubes - tiny strands of pure carbon that are less than the width of a hair. Successfully linking them in a stable placement would allow for a sharp increase in both the speed and power of various electronic systems. This new research from Columbia University lays the foundation for new advances in real-time diagnosis and treatment of disease, surgical robotics, and information storage and retrieval, possibly rendering supercomputers that occupy entire rooms obsolete.

In the January 20, 2006 issue of the journal Science, the Columbia scientists explain how they have developed an extraordinary way to connect the ends of carbon nanotubes by forming strong molecular bonds between them. "The Columbia team has been able to combine the best qualities of carbon nanotubes and organic molecules into a simple electronic switch," the journal noted.

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