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Sensors 2012, 12(6), 7259-7298; doi:10.3390/s120607259

Single Molecule Electronics and Devices

The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047, Japan
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Received: 16 April 2012 / Revised: 15 May 2012 / Accepted: 17 May 2012 / Published: 30 May 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Molecular Devices and Machines: Cooperativity and Multifunctionality)
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Abstract

The manufacture of integrated circuits with single-molecule building blocks is a goal of molecular electronics. While research in the past has been limited to bulk experiments on self-assembled monolayers, advances in technology have now enabled us to fabricate single-molecule junctions. This has led to significant progress in understanding electron transport in molecular systems at the single-molecule level and the concomitant emergence of new device concepts. Here, we review recent developments in this field. We summarize the methods currently used to form metal-molecule-metal structures and some single-molecule techniques essential for characterizing molecular junctions such as inelastic electron tunnelling spectroscopy. We then highlight several important achievements, including demonstration of single-molecule diodes, transistors, and switches that make use of electrical, photo, and mechanical stimulation to control the electron transport. We also discuss intriguing issues to be addressed further in the future such as heat and thermoelectric transport in an individual molecule.
Keywords: single-molecule electronics; electron-phonon interaction single-molecule electronics; electron-phonon interaction
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Tsutsui, M.; Taniguchi, M. Single Molecule Electronics and Devices. Sensors 2012, 12, 7259-7298.

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