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In 1959, physicist Richard Feynman presented an
amazing talk entitled There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom, in which he proposed making very small circuits out of molecules. More than forty years later, people are starting to realize his vision. Thanks to Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) probes and "self-assembly" fabrication techniques, it is now possible to connect electrodes to a molecule and measure its conductance. In 2004, Mark Hersam et al. reported the first experimental measurement of a molecular resonant tunneling device on silicon. This new field of Molecular
Electronics may someday provide the means to miniaturize circuits beyond the limits of silicon, keeping Moore's Law in force for many years to come.
Learn more about molecular electronics from the resources on this site, listed below. More information on Molecular electronics can be found here.
Northwestern University Initiative for Teaching Nanoscience
12 Aug 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Baudilio Tejerina
This package allows users to study and analyze of molecular properties using various electronic structure methods.
Theoretical Electron Density Visualizer
01 Jul 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Baudilio Tejerina
TEDVis calculates and displays 3D maps of molecular ED and its derivatives from the wave function.
UV/Vis Spectra simulator
04 Mar 2008 | | Contributor(s):: Baudilio Tejerina
This tool computes molecular electronic spectra.
09 Oct 2007 | | Contributor(s):: Baudilio Tejerina, Jeff Reimers
Semi-empirical Molecular Orbital calculations.
08 Jun 2005 | | Contributor(s):: Magnus Paulsson, Ferdows Zahid, Supriyo Datta, Michael McLennan
Computes current-voltage (I-V) characteristics and conductance spectrum (G-V) of a molecule sandwiched between two metallic contacts