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Prospects for Molecular Electronics

J.R. Barker (Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland)

Microelectronics International

ISSN: 1356-5362

Article publication date: 1 March 1987



The stimulus of the successful semiconductor device miniaturisation programmes coupled to recent progress in synthetic chemistry and molecular engineering has led to the emergence of a new inter‐disciplinary activity—molecular electronics—which holds long‐term promise for a new range of electronic materials and devices. From very speculative origins the field has begun to generate important applications based on photoresists, Langmuir‐Blodgett films, electroactive polymers and photochromic materials. A selection of topics ranging from molecular switches, memories, sensors, and the biological interface to prospects for a molecular computer are discussed with special emphasis on features such as stability, self‐organisation and self‐assembly which are unique to molecular systems.


Barker, J.R. (1987), "Prospects for Molecular Electronics", Microelectronics International, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 19-24.




Copyright © 1987, MCB UP Limited

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