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  1. Nathan D. McClenaghan,
  2. Aurélien Ducrot

Published Online: 15 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9780470661345.smc192

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials

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McClenaghan, N. D. and Ducrot, A. 2012. Nanoelectronics. Supramolecular Chemistry: From Molecules to Nanomaterials. .

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  1. CNRS/University of Bordeaux, Talence, France

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  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2012


Nanoelectronics concerns processing, transmitting, and storing information, as well as switching at the single-molecule level, often by taking advantage of properties of matter that are distinctly different than those of macroscopic/bulk properties. Strategies, architectures, and materials considered are typically different than those based on “top-down” CMOS technologies favored in microelectronics, potentially offering an alternative or hybrid technology from a “bottom-up” approach. In the current overview, particular emphasis is paid to disruptive technologies that are based on molecular, rather than atomic, systems and cases where supramolecular materials, including biological materials, carbon-based nanomaterials and nanotubes, coordination and conjugated polymers, and molecular machines, are employed and have already started to find application. Equally, the role of noncovalent interactions (π–π stacking, hydrogen-bonding, electrostatic interactions) in templating, patterning, and nanolithography as well as determining device performance in organic field-effect transistors, organic photovoltaic devices, and organic light-emitting diodes is considered. Apparent limitations and perspectives for device development are highlighted in this chapter.


  • supramolecular devices;
  • nanoelectronics;
  • self-assembly;
  • templating;
  • molecular electronics