Single-molecule electronics has evolved as a vibrant research field during the last two decades. The vision is to be able to create electronic components at the highest level of miniaturization—the single molecule. This book compiles and details cutting-edge research with contributions from chemists, physicists, theoreticians, and engineers. It covers all aspects of single-molecule electronics, from the theory through experimental realizations and the chemical synthesis of molecular components to the implementation of molecular components in future integrated circuits.
This book describes in detail both established methods and recent advances in the field, including vibrational effects, switching phenomena, quantum interference, thermal power, and parallel assembly strategies. The authors add more details to the chapters than typically found in the primary literature so that the book can be read not only by specialists but also by non-experts and students with an interest in the research field. Each chapter is accompanied by problems, and a solutions manual is also provided.
Table of Contents
Experimental Techniques, K. Moth-Poulsen
The Basics of Electron Transport Theory, A. Bergvall, M. Fogelström, C. Holmqvist, and T. Löfwander
First-Principles Simulations of Electron Transport in Atomic-Scale Systems, T. Frederiksen
Controlling the Molecule–Electrode Contact in Single-Molecule Devices, J. Hihath
Vibrational Excitations in Single-Molecule Junctions, J. S. Seldenthuis, H. S. J. van der Zant, and J. M. Thijssen
Self-Assembly at Interfaces, T. Gschneidtner and K. Moth-Poulsen
Molecular Switches, M. B. Nielsen
Switching Mechanisms in Molecular Switches, A. Danilov and S. Kubatkin
Thermoelectricity in Molecular Junctions, S. Majumdar, W. H. Jeong, J. A. Malen, and P. S. Reddy
Interference Effects in Single-Molecule Transport, G. C. Solomon
Parallel Self-Assembly Strategies towards Multiple Single-Molecule Electronic Devices, K. Nørgaard
Towards Circuit Design in Single-Molecule Electronics, J. Hoekstra
Kasper Moth-Poulsen received his PhD in 2007 from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He continued his career as a post doctoral scholar in Copenhagen (2007–2009) and at University of California, Berkeley (2009–2010) before joining Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, as an assistant (2011–2014) and associate professor (2014–). His research activities focus on nanomaterials chemistry, synthesis, and assembly of single-molecule electronic components and on development of methods for conversion and storage of solar energy.
"This is a well-written book which covers all the important aspects of single-molecule electronics. A detailed description of this highly interdisciplinary field, from fundamental theory to experimental techniques, from most advanced studies to perspectives of potential applications, is represented in this book, thanks to the contributions from highly recognized authors of different backgrounds. It cannot only be a good reference for specialists who are doing cutting-edge research on molecular electronics, but also inspire young scientists and students who are interested in this field."
— Prof. Wenping Hu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China