Molecular electronics with single molecules in solid-state devices

Nat Nanotechnol. 2009 Sep;4(9):551-6. doi: 10.1038/nnano.2009.176. Epub 2009 Aug 30.


The ultimate aim of molecular electronics is to understand and master single-molecule devices. Based on the latest results on electron transport in single molecules in solid-state devices, we focus here on new insights into the influence of metal electrodes on the energy spectrum of the molecule, and on how the electron transport properties of the molecule depend on the strength of the electronic coupling between it and the electrodes. A variety of phenomena are observed depending on whether this coupling is weak, intermediate or strong.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Electronics / instrumentation*
  • Equipment Design
  • Microelectrodes*
  • Nanoparticles / chemistry*
  • Nanotechnology / instrumentation*
  • Semiconductors*