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Small-scale molecular memory arrays

Small-scale molecular memory arrays built using nanowires


A team of researchers led by Chongwu Zhou, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Southern California, built small-scale molecular memory arrays using nanowires as the top electrodes and interconnects for molecular wires. This approach is immune to the pinhole defects in the self-assembled molecular wires and has significantly improved the yield of molecular devices. The work is carried out in collaboration with professor James Tour of Rice University and Meyya Meyyappan of NASA's Ames Research Center. Zhou believes this approach can lead to more sophisticated, integrated molecular systems. The project is supported by National Science Foundation grant ECS 01-32982, titled "CAREER: Molecular Scale Electronic Devices and Systems."

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Credit: Dr. Chongwu Zhou, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California

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