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A controllable water signal transistor

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We performed molecular dynamics simulations to study the regulating ability of water chains confined in a Y-shaped nanochannel. It was shown that a signal at the molecular level could be controlled by two other charge-induced signals when the water chains were confined in a Y-shaped nanochannel, demonstrating promising applications as water signal transistors in nanosignal systems. The mechanism of a water signal transistor is similar to a signal logic device. This remarkable ability to control the water signal is attributed to the strong dipole-ordering of the water chains in the nanochannel. The controllable water signal process of the Y-shaped nanochannel provides opportunities for future application in the design of molecular-scale signal devices.

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20 Dec 2016
07 Mar 2017
First published
13 Mar 2017

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017,19, 9625-9629
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A controllable water signal transistor

L. Wu, X. Zhou, H. Lu, Q. Liang, J. Kou, F. Wu and J. Fan, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 9625
DOI: 10.1039/C6CP08664K

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