Molecular electronic junction transport: Some pathways and some ideas

Gemma C. Solomon, Carmen Herrmann, Mark A Ratner

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Abstract

When a single molecule, or a collection of molecules, is placed between two electrodes and voltage is applied, one has a molecular transport junction. We discuss such junctions, their properties, their description, and some of their applications. The discussion is qualitative rather than quantitative, and focuses on mechanism, structure/function relations, regimes and mechanisms of transport, some molecular regularities, and some substantial challenges facing the field. Because there are many regimes and mechanisms in transport junctions, we will discuss time scales, geometries, and inelastic scattering methods for trying to determine the properties of molecules within these junctions. Finally, we discuss some device applications, some outstanding problems, and some future directions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-38
Number of pages38
JournalTopics in Current Chemistry
Volume313
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Molecular electronics
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Inelastic scattering
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Keywords

  • Conduction
  • Electron transfer
  • Electron transport
  • Molecular electronics

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  • Chemistry(all)

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Molecular electronic junction transport : Some pathways and some ideas. / Solomon, Gemma C.; Herrmann, Carmen; Ratner, Mark A.

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