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Single-molecule electronics: from chemical design to functional devices

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The use of single molecules in electronics represents the next limit of miniaturisation of electronic devices, which would enable us to continue the trend of aggressive downscaling of silicon-based electronic devices. More significantly, the fabrication, understanding and control of fully functional circuits at the single-molecule level could also open up the possibility of using molecules as devices with novel, not-foreseen functionalities beyond complementary metal-oxide semiconductor technology (CMOS). This review aims at highlighting the chemical design and synthesis of single molecule devices as well as their electrical and structural characterization, including a historical overview and the developments during the last 5 years. We discuss experimental techniques for fabrication of single-molecule junctions, the potential application of single-molecule junctions as molecular switches, and general physical phenomena in single-molecule electronic devices.

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The article was received on 29 Apr 2014 and first published on 07 Aug 2014


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00143E
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014,43, 7378-7411
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    Single-molecule electronics: from chemical design to functional devices

    L. Sun, Y. A. Diaz-Fernandez, T. A. Gschneidtner, F. Westerlund, S. Lara-Avila and K. Moth-Poulsen, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2014, 43, 7378
    DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00143E

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