Nanoelectronic devices from self-organized molecular switches

Mendes, P.M. and Flood, A.H. and Stoddart, J.F.. (2005) Nanoelectronic devices from self-organized molecular switches. Applied Physics A, 80 (6). pp. 1197-1209. ISSN 0947-8396

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The development of molecular electronic switching devices for memory and computing applications presents one of the most exciting contemporary challenges in nanoscience and nanotechnology. One basis for such a device is a two-terminal molecular-switch tunnel junction that can be electrically switched between high- and low-conductance states. Towards this end, the concepts of self-assembly and molecular recognition have been pursued actively for synthesizing two families of redox-controllable mechanically interlocked molecules – bistable catenanes and bistable rotaxanes – as potential candidates for solid-state molecular-switch tunnel junctions. This article reviews logically the development and understanding of Langmuir, Langmuir–Blodgett and self-assembled monolayers of amphiphilic bistable and functionalized bistable rotaxanes and their catenanes counterparts. Our increased understanding of the superstructures of these monolayers has guided our recent efforts to incorporate these self-organized molecular switches into devices. The methodologies that are being employed are in their early stages of development. Certain characteristics of the molecules, monolayers, electrodes and devices are emerging that serve as lessons to be consider in responding to the ample opportunities for further research and process development in the field of nanoelectronics.

Item Type: Article
InterNano Taxonomy: Nanomanufacturing Processes > Self Assembly > Self-assembled monolayers (SAM)
Nanoscale Objects and Nanostructured Materials > Nanodevice Structures > Nanoelectronic circuits and architectures
Nanoscale Objects and Nanostructured Materials > Nanodevice Structures
Collections: Nanomanufacturing Research Collection
Nanomanufacturing Research Collection > Nanomanufacturing Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers > Center for Scalable and Integrated Nanomanufacturing
Depositing User: Moureen Kemei
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2010 15:51
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2014 17:41

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