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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.
ECE 453 Lecture 15b: Basis Functions 2
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20 Feb 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Supriyo Datta
This lecture is available only in video format.
Surprises on the nanoscale: Plasmonic waves that travel backward and spin birefringence without magnetic fields
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29 Jan 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Daniel Neuhauser
As nanonphotonics and nanoelectronics are pushed down towards the
molecular scale, interesting effects emerge. We discuss how
birefringence (different propagation of two polarizations) is...
14 Dec 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): John Enriquez
This is the fifth contribution from the students in the University of Texas at El Paso Molecular Electronics course given in the fall of 2006.
This introduces nanothermodynamics, the study of...
Computational Chemistry: An Introduction to Molecular Dynamic Simulations
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13 Dec 2006 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Shalayna Lair
This module gives a brief overview of computational chemistry, a branch of chemistry concerned with theoretically determining properties of molecules. The fundamentals of how to conduct a...
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13 Dec 2006 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Lynn Marie Santiago
This is the fourth contribution from the students in the University of Texas at El Paso Molecular Electronics course given in the fall of 2006.
This presentation is presented at the...
Electrical Resistance: an Atomistic View
26 Oct 2006 | Papers | Contributor(s): Supriyo Datta
This tutorial article presents a “bottom-up” view of electrical resistance starting
from something really small, like a molecule, and then discussing the issues that
arise as we move to bigger...
Molecular Workbench: An Interface to the Molecular World
31 Aug 2006 | Downloads | Contributor(s): Charles Xie
The Molecular Workbench software is a free, open-source modeling and authoring program specifically designed for use in science education. Powered by a set of real-time molecular simulation...
Chemical Modification of GaAs with TAT Peptide and Alkylthiol Self-Assembled Monolayers
14 Aug 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Hamsa Jaganathan
The use of self-assembled monolayers (SAM) on semiconductors creates a basis for the design and creation of bioelectronics, such as biosensors. The interface between the surface and an organic...
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14 Aug 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Margarita Shalaev
DNA is a relatively inexpensive and ubiquitous material that can be used as a scaffold for constructing nanowires. Our research focuses on the manufacturing of DNA-templated, magnetic nanowires....
Surface Analysis of Organic Monlayers Using FTIR and XPS
14 Aug 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jamie Nipple, Michael Toole, David Janes
Current research concerning self-assembled monolayers (SAM) focuses on the fabrication of microelectronics utilizing a semiconductor/molecule/metal junction. This study seeks to investigate...
A MATLAB code for Hartree Fock calculation of H-H ground state bondlength and energy using STO-4G
08 Aug 2006 | Downloads | Contributor(s): Amritanshu Palaria
Hartree Fock (HF) theory is one of the basic theories underlying the current understanding of the electronic structure of materials. It is a simple non-relativistic treatment of many electron...
Quantum Transport: Atom to Transistor (Spring 2004)
07 Aug 2006 | Courses | Contributor(s): Supriyo Datta
A newer version of this course is now available
and we would greatly appreciate your feedback regarding the new format and contents.
Nanotubes and Nanowires: One-dimensional Materials
17 Jul 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Timothy D. Sands
What is a nanowire? What is a nanotube? Why are they interesting and what are their potential applications? How are they made? This presentation is intended to begin to answer these questions...
Exploring Electron Transfer with Density Functional Theory
03 Jul 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Troy Van Voorhis
This talk will highlight several illustrative applications of constrained density functional
theory (DFT) to electron transfer dynamics in electronic materials. The kinetics of these
Logic Devices and Circuits on Carbon Nanotubes
23 May 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Joerg Appenzeller
Over the last years carbon nanotubes (CNs) have attracted an increasing interest as building blocks for nano-electronics applications. Due to their unique properties enabling e.g. ballistic...
The Long and Short of Pick-up Stick Transistors: A Promising Technology for Nano- and Macro-Electronics
11 Apr 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Muhammad A. Alam
In recent years, there has been enormous interest in the emerging field of large-area macro-electronics, and fabricating thin-film transistors on flexible substrates. This talk will cover recent...
Tutorial on Using Micelle-MD
05 Apr 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Patrick Chiu, Kunal Shah, Susan Sinnott
This is a tutorial using Micelle-MD. This includes the main
capabilities, computation procedure, with format of files
generated, and the simulation setup, which includes the material
Mechanical Properties of Surfactant Aggregates at Water-Solid Interfaces
This is a talk on the mechanical properties of surfactant
aggregates at water-solid interfaces using Micelle-MD. This
includes silica indentations of micelles with comparison to
Thermal Microsystems for On-Chip Thermal Engineering
04 Apr 2006 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Suresh V. Garimella
Electro-thermal co-design at the micro- and nano-scales is critical for
achieving desired performance and reliability in microelectronic circuits.
Emerging thermal microsystems technologies...