Key advance in single molecule electronics
common electronic circuits in computers, smart phones, audio players, and other devices may shrink to the size of a grain of sand. The breakthrough is a method for creating and attaching the tiny wires that will connect molecular components,
key to single-molecule electronics is connecting functional molecules to each other using conductive nanowires.
This involves two issues: how to create conductive nanowires at designated positions, and how to ensure chemical bonding between the nanowires and functional molecules
The wiring method can be used to connect molecular switches, memory bits, and transistors.
The scientists say their technique “will enable us to develop cheaper, higher-performance, and more ecological alternatives to conventional silicon-based devices