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Open Access Molecular Junctions: From Tunneling to Function

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Thanks to the development of appropriate experimental techniques, molecular devices and their electrical transport properties have recently been the focus of a major research effort. This brief review describes how individual molecules can be contacted with metallic electrodes to form molecular junctions and addresses their basic formation mechanisms. An extension to molecular junctions networks is also discussed. Functionality could be demonstrated in such systems, and examples where conductance modulation using light or chemical stimuli was achieved will be presented.

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Keywords: BREAK JUNCTIONS; MOLECULAR JUNCTION; MOLECULAR SWITCH; NANOELECTRONICS; NANOPARTICLES ARRAYS

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Physics, University of Basel, CH-4056 Basel

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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