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Quo vadis, unimolecular electronics?

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This paper reviews the present status of unimolecular electronics (UME). The field started in the 1970s with a hope that some day organic molecules (∼2 nm in size), when used as electronic components, would challenge Si-based inorganic electronics in ultimate-high-density integrated circuits. The technological push to ever smaller inorganic device sizes (Moore's “law”) was driven by a profit motive and by vast investments. UME, the underfunded pauper, may have lost that “race to the bottom”, but some excellent science is left to be done.

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The article was received on 06 Mar 2018, accepted on 17 May 2018 and first published on 18 May 2018


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR01905C
Citation: Nanoscale, 2018, Advance Article
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    Quo vadis, unimolecular electronics?

    R. M. Metzger, Nanoscale, 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8NR01905C

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