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Gold-Nanoparticle-Enhanced Current Transport through Nanometer-Scale Insulating Layers


  • We thank the Minerva Foundation (Munich), the Kimmel Center for Nanoscale Science, and the Grand Center for Sensors and Security for partial support, Harvey Scher for constructive criticism, and Oliver Seitz, Izhar Ron, and Hagay Shpaisman for their assistance and helpful discussions.


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Coupling of noble-metal nanoparticles (NPs) into electronics might lead to interesting new avenues in nanoelectronics. It was found that currents through metal//organic (or inorganic) insulator/Au NP monolayer//metal planar junctions (2) are orders of magnitude higher than what is obtained without the NP monolayer (1).

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