Linker-Free Molecular Wires | October 17, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 42 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 42 | p. 12 | News of The Week
Issue Date: October 17, 2011

Linker-Free Molecular Wires

Electronics: Metal-carbon bonds increase electrical conductance
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: JACS In C&EN, Materials SCENE
Keywords: molecular electronics, electrical conductance, molecular wires

Stringing conjugated organic compounds between two electrodes via direct metal-carbon bonds rather than via linking groups will likely change the way molecular electronic circuits are “wired.” Although circuits made of molecular building blocks are not yet a reality outside research laboratories, they promise to shrink electronics beyond what is possible with silicon-based devices.

A research team led by Ronald Breslow and Latha Venkataraman of Columbia University and

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