Molecular Conduction Workshop 2007



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This is the 5th in a series of annual workshops on Molecular Conduction – the prior workshops have been in W. Lafayette (2003, 2005), Evanston (2004) and Virginia (2006). The workshop has been an informal and open venue for discussing new results and key challenges. Two years ago, we expanded the theme of the workshop to include molecular-scale sensing, i.e. nano-scale sensor elements for chemical and biological sensing.

As in prior workshops, the workshop will include a few tutorials as well as a poster session, along with the technical sessions. Each talk is 25 minutes long (20 minutes talk + 5 minutes questions).

Final Agenda (pdf)updated 7/11/07

Invited Speakers

James Batteas, Texas A&M
Fang Chen, Arizona State University
Scott Crittenden, ARL/University of South Carolina
Supriyo Datta, Purdue University
Misha Galperin, Northwestern University
Michael Garcia, Duke University
Nadine Gergel-Hackett, NIST
Christina Hacker, NIST
Mark Hersam, Northwestern University
Bruce Hinds, University of Kentucky
Steve Howell, Sandia National Labs
Mark Hybersten, Brookhaven National Labs
Samir Iqbal, University of Texas at Arlington
James Kushmerick, NIST
Ajit Mahapatro, Purdue University
Richard McCreery, University of Alberta
Vladimiro Mujica Northwestern University
Bhaskaran Muralid, Purdue University
Jeff Neaton, LBNL
Su-Ying Quek, LBNL
Ron Reifenberger, Purdue University
Chad Risko, Northwestern University
Garrett Rose, Polytechnic University
Adina Scott, Purdue University
Andrei Sokolov, University of Nebraska
Nathan Swami, University of Virginia
Kamil Walczak, University of Virginia
Amy Walker, University of Washington, St. Louis
Yongqiang (Alex) Xue, SUNY Albany
Sina Yeganeh, Northwestern University

All sessions will be held in the Burton Morgan Center for Entreprenuership (MRGN) Room 121. See Map

Hotel Information

Purdue Union Club hotel
Code: Molecular Conduction Workshop.
Block Expires July 10, 2007

Other hotels in the area are:

  • Holiday Inn Select – 765-423-1000
  • Hilton Garden Inn – 765-743-2100


Each participant is required to register to attend this event. Please register no later than July 10, 2007.

Registration Fees are as follows:

  • Students - $85
  • Professional - $100

For anyone who is interested in presenting a poster at this event, please notify Vicki Johnson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). She will need your name, poster title and poster abstract no later than July 10, 2007.

If you have any questions regarding this workshop, please contact Vicki Johnson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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In This Workshop

  1. MCW07 Metal-Molecule Interface Reactions for Silicon-Based Molecular Electronic Devices

    23 Feb 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Adina Scott, David Janes

    The interaction of deposited metals with monolayer films is critical to the emerging arena of molecular electronics. We present the results of a thorough study of the interaction of vapor-deposited Au and Ag on alkane films attached to Si substrates.

  2. MCW07 Conductance Switching in Fluorene/TiO2 Molecular Heterojunctions

    13 Sep 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Richard L.McCreery

    Molecular junctions consisting of a monolayer of fluorene and 10 nm of TiO2 between conducting contacts exhibit a memory effect upon positive polarization of the of the TiO2 for a few milliseconds. The junction conductance increases for a period of several minutes, but can be “erased” by a...

  3. MCW07 Simple Models for Molecular Transport Junctions

    13 Sep 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Misha Galperin, Abraham Nitzan, Mark Ratner

    We review our recent research on role of interactions in molecular transport junctions. We consider simple models within nonequilibrium Green function approach (NEGF) in steady-state regime.

  4. MCW07 Physics of Contact Induced Current Asymmetry in Transport Through Molecules

    25 Feb 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Bhaskaran Muralidharan, owen miller, Neeti Kapur, Avik Ghosh, Supriyo Datta

    We first outline the qualitatively different physics involved in the charging-induced current asymmetries in molecular conductors operating in the strongly coupled (weakly interacting) self-consistent field (SCF) and the weakly coupled (strongly interacting) Coulomb Blockade (CB) regimes. The CB...

  5. MCW07 Modeling Molecule-Assisted Transport in Nanotransistors

    06 Nov 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Kamil Walczak

    Molecular electronics faces many problems in practical device implementation, due to difficulties with fabrication and gate-ability. In these devices, molecules act as the main conducting channel. One could imagine alternate device structures where molecules act as quantum dots rather than...

  6. MCW07 Modeling Charging-based Switching in Molecular Transport Junctions

    23 Aug 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Sina Yeganeh, Misha Galperin, Mark Ratner

    We will discuss several proposed explanations for the switching and negative differential resistance behavior seen in some molecular junctions. It is shown that a proposed polaron model is successful in predicting both hysteresis and NDR behavior, and the model is elaborated with image charge...

  7. MCW07 Exploring Trends in Conductance for Well-Defined Single Molecule Circuits

    04 Apr 2009 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Mark S Hybertsen

    In our recent research, we have been able to measure and characterize the impact of intrinsic molecular properties on the conductance of single molecule circuits formed with amine-gold linkages. In this talk, I will review the experiments and the physical picture of the junction based on the...

  8. MCW07 Silicon Based Nanopore Sensors for Detection of DNA Molecules

    11 Sep 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Samir Iqbal, Demir Akin, Rashid Bashir

    Solid-state nanopores have emerged as possible candidates for next-generation DNA sequencing devices. In this talk, we will review our recent work in development of solid-state nanopore channels that are selective towards single strand DNA (ssDNA). Nanopores functionalized with a 'probe' of...

  9. MCW07 A Quantum Open Systems Approach to Molecular-Scale Devices

    25 Feb 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Yongqiang Xue

    Experimental advances in electrically and optically probing individual molecules have provided new insights into the behavior of single quantum objects and their interaction with the nanoenvironments without requiring ensemble average. Molecular-scale devices are open quantum systems whose...

  10. MCW07 Electronic Level Alignment at Metal-Molecule Contacts with a GW Approach

    05 Sep 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jeffrey B. Neaton

    Most recent theoretical studies of electron transport in single-molecule junctions rely on a Landauer approach, simplified to treat electron-electron interactions at a mean-field level within density functional theory (DFT). While this framework has proven relatively accurate for certain systems,...

  11. MCW07 Impact of Porphyrin Functional Groups on InAs Gas Sensors

    05 Nov 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Michael Garcia

    Porphyrin molecules are often used for sensor engineering to improve sensitivity and selectivity to specific analytes. It is important to understand how the porphyrin HOMO-LUMO levels deplete surface states during functionalization of solid state sensors. Additionally, the effect of...

  12. MCW07 Molecular Electronics and the Bottom-up View of Electronic Conduction

    12 Sep 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Supriyo Datta

    Molecular electronics is commonly associated with the bottom-up approach to nanofabrication. My objective in this talk is to point out how it also leads to a bottom-up view of electronic conduction completely different from the standard top-down approach that starts from large conductors and...