Single Molecule Electronic Devices

Authors

  • Hyunwook Song,

    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Nanobio Materials and Electronics, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500–712, Korea
    Current affiliation:
    1. Present Address: Department of Electrical Engineering, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 06520, USA
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  • Mark A. Reed,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Electrical Engineering and Department of Applied Physics, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520, USA
    • Department of Electrical Engineering and Department of Applied Physics, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520, USA.
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  • Takhee Lee

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Nanobio Materials and Electronics, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500–712, Korea
    • Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Nanobio Materials and Electronics, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500–712, Korea
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Abstract

Single molecule electronic devices in which individual molecules are utilized as active electronic components constitute a promising approach for the ultimate miniaturization and integration of electronic devices in nanotechnology through the bottom-up strategy. Thus, the ability to understand, control, and exploit charge transport at the level of single molecules has become a long-standing desire of scientists and engineers from different disciplines for various potential device applications. Indeed, a study on charge transport through single molecules attached to metallic electrodes is a very challenging task, but rapid advances have been made in recent years. This review article focuses on experimental aspects of electronic devices made with single molecules, with a primary focus on the characterization and manipulation of charge transport in this regime.

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