Molecular Turn-Ons Could Find Use in Future Computers and Other Electronic Devices
Taking an essential step in the emerging field of molecular electronics, a research team led by scientists at the Pennsylvania State University, Rice University, and the University of Oregon have developed a way to control single-molecule switches by engineering their design and surrounding environment.
More specifically, the researchers have shown that single-molecule switches can be tailored to respond in predictable and stable ways: some switches will turn on when an electric field is applied, while others will turn off in response to the same electric field.
The discovery could further the development of nano-components as small as molecules, or even atoms, for use in future generations of computers and other electronic devices.
The team's work was funded in part by the National Science Foundation. Details will be published Dec. 21, 2005, in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. For further information see the Penn State news release.
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