Molecular electronics, an emerging research field at the border of physics, chemistry, and material sciences, has attracted great interest in the last decade. To achieve the ultimate goal of designing molecular electronic devices with the desired functionality and experimental manipulation at the single-molecule level, theoretical understanding of electron transport at the nanoscale is an important prerequisite. This book, a multi-authored volume comprising reviews written by leading scientists, discusses recent advances in the field. It emphasizes the need for studies beyond the low-bias regime, a fact on which the scientific community became aware in the last years. To make the book useful for scientists of various disciplines interested in "learning by doing," each chapter is written in a science/tutorial hybrid style, with its own introduction presenting fundamental concepts and frameworks. The content reflects the strong transdisciplinary efforts needed for substantial progress.
Table of Contents
Single molecule devices; K. Sotthewes and H. J. W Zandvliet
Making contact to molecular layers: linking large ensembles of molecules to the outside world; C. Hacker et al.
Charge transport in dynamic molecular junctions; S. Lenfant
Modulation and control of detailed electron transport of single molecule; B. Xu et al.
Vibronic effects in electron transport through single-molecule junctions; R. Härtle and M. Thoss
Vibration spectroscopy of single molecular junctions; M. Kiguchi and R. Matsushita
Biomolecular electronics; J. M. Artes-Vivancos et al.
EC-STM/STS of redox metalloproteins and co-factors; A. Alessandrini and P. Facci
Electron transport in atomistic nanojunctions from density functional theory in scattering approaches; Y.-C. Chen
Transition voltage spectroscopy; I. Bâldea
Ioan Baldea is principal investigator and chair of theoretical chemistry, Heidelberg University, and full research professor of theoretical physics at Institute of Space Sciences, National Institute for Lasers, Plasma, and Radiation Physics, Bucharest. His research focuses on molecular electronics and nanotransport, with emphasis on transition voltage spectroscopy, solvent effects, and reorganization in floppy molecules.