Current-Driven Phenomena in Nanoelectronics: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Current-Driven Phenomena in Nanoelectronics

1st Edition

Edited by Tamar Seideman

Jenny Stanford Publishing

228 pages | 85 Color Illus. | 29 B/W Illus.

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Consisting of ten chapters written by some of the world’s leaders in the field, this book combines experimental, theoretical and numerical studies of current-driven phenomena in the nanoscale. The topics covered range from single-molecule, site-specific nanochemistry induced by a scanning tunneling microscope, through inelastic tunneling spectroscopy and current-induced heating, to current-triggered molecular machines. The various chapters focus on experimental and numerical method development, the description of specific systems, and new ideas and novel phenomena.


Tamar Seideman has been a pioneer in the area of quantum transport and current-driven dynamics for over a decade. Her imaginative concepts and fundamental theoretical developments have stimulated several beautiful laboratory experiments. This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in nanoelectronics.

—Prof. Joern Manz, Free University Berlin, Germany

The editor of the volume has a distinguished research record in the field and has brought together experts from North America, Europe and Japan to produce an informative collection of experimental and theoretical studies of current driven phenomena in molecular nano-junctions. … readers of this book will profit from the expertise of the contributors and thence will be stimulated to add further to this fascinating field.

—K. Alan Shore, Bangor University, in Contemporary Physics, August 2011

Table of Contents


Electronic Structure of Metal–Molecule Interfaces H. Petek, M. Feng, and J. Zhao


Image Charge Interaction at Metal Surfaces

Hybrid NFE Band Formation at Metal–Organic Interface

Metal-Like Hybridization of Superatom States



Inelastic Tunneling Current-Driven Motions of Single Adsorbates H. Ueba, S. G. Tikhodeev, and B. N. J. Persson. Introduction

Theory of STM-IETS

Adsorbate Motions Induced by Vibrational Excitation with STM

Coherent Ladder Climbing

Single-Electron Process via Anharmonic Mode Coupling

Action Spectroscopy

Perspective Remarks


DFT-NEGF Approach to Current-Induced Forces, Vibrational Signals, and Heating in Nanoconductors M. Brandbyge, T. Frederiksen, and M. Paulsson



Elastic Transport Channels: Eigenchannels

Inelastic Transport with DFT-NEGF

IETS Propensity Rules

Heating of Vibrations by Current

Conclusions and Outlook


Current-Induced Local Heating in Molecular Junctions Z. F. Huang and N. J. Tao

Current-Induced Instability

Evaluation of Local Temperature in Molecular Junctions

Local Temperature in Single-Alkanedithiol Junctions

Conclusion and Perspective


Current-Induced Heating and Heat Dissipation Mechanisms in Single C60 Molecular Junctions G. Schulze, K. J. Franke, and J. I. Pascual

Experimental Methods

Experimental Procedure


Heat Dissipation from the Molecular Junction

Heat Generation at the Molecular Junction



Electronic Control of Single-Molecule Nanomachines A. J. Mayne, D. Riedel, G. Comtet, and G. Dujardin

Introduction and Historical Background

Electronic Excitation

Manipulating Molecules

Manipulation of a Bistable and Quadristable Molecule: Biphenyl on Si(100)

Other Avenues



Current-Driven Desorption at the Organic Molecule–Semiconductor Interface: Cyclopentene on Si(100) N. L. Yoder, R. Jorn, C.-C. Kaun, T. Seideman, and M. C. Hersam

Introduction and Background



Experimental Results

Numerical Results

Relevance to Other Systems




About the Editor

Tamar Seideman is a professor of physics and chemistry at the Northwestern University. The Seideman group is engaged with theoretical and computational research at the broad interface between chemistry, physics and materials science.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General