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Reference Number EP/M029506/1
Title Towards Solution Processable Single-Molecule Devices: Controlled Assembly of Carbon Nanotube Electrodes for Molecular Electronics
Status Completed
Energy Categories RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES(Solar Energy, Photovoltaics) 25%;
NOT ENERGY RELATED 75%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 50%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr M Palma
No email address given
Biological and Chemical Sciences
Queen Mary, University of London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2015
End Date 30 September 2017
Duration 24 months
Total Grant Value £99,705
Industrial Sectors No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
Region London
Programme NC : Physical Sciences
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr M Palma , Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Cambridge Display Technology Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Columbia University, USA (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract One of the ultimate goals in nanotechnology is the ability to produce devices based on individual molecules and nanostructures. Molecular electronics, devices that are based on single-molecules, could overcome technological limitations of current silicon-based electronic devices, and fulfill complementary technological roles.Despite the many potential benefits envisioned for molecular-scale electronics, the strategies employed to date for device implementation suffer from various limitations, resulting in devices with poor performance, low yield and limited versatility. Principal among these limitations are the time and cost involved in fabrication, the poor control over the molecular assembly, and the lack of suitable technologies for the establishment of electrical contact between molecules and electrodes. Thus many challenges remain.The primary goal of this project is to develop a universal approach for the production of high-throughput solution processable single-molecule nanodevices, for optoelectronic and renewable energy applications. We will achieve this applying novel methods to interface individual molecules to carbon nano-electrodes in solution, and subsequently controlling the organization of the so formed molecular junctions on surfaces for device implementation. Different classes of molecular materials both organic and inorganic, which display promising attributes, will be investigated in device configurations.By approaching the limits of information processing, the strategy we propose has the potential to create a new generation of single-molecule multifunctional systems, and drastically reduce costs associated with device and circuit fabrication. Future technologies will require devices of this type in a variety of key areas, including ultra-high speed computation, bioelectronics, and for renewable energy applications.
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