Molecular Electronics: From Principles to Practice (Wiley by Michael C. Petty

By Michael C. Petty

This constant and finished textual content is exclusive in delivering an educated perception into molecular electronics through contrasting the customers for molecular scale electronics with the ongoing improvement of the inorganic semiconductor undefined. supplying a wealth of data at the topic from historical past fabric to attainable purposes,

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Examples include components in photocopying machines, organic light-emitting displays, gas, vapour and biosensors and plastic transistors. The electrical properties of the last devices cannot be directly compared with those based on single crystal silicon and gallium arsenide. The mobilities (carrier velocity per unit electric field) of the charge carriers in organic field effect transistors are low and similar to those found in amorphous silicon. Nevertheless, the simple fabrication techniques for polymers have attracted several companies to work on polymer transistor applications, such as data storage and thin film device arrays to address liquid crystal displays.

The whole was to do more than the sum of the parts. Molecular electronics demanded a technological leap beyond even integrated circuits, which were really just discrete components formed in the same piece of silicon (with the two important problems of isolation and interconnection overcome). The idea was ahead of its time and certainly in advance of the technology available, and no significant progress was made. Serious research on molecular electronics started in the USA in the 1970s with pioneering work by Ari Aviram at IBM, who proposed a structure for a molecular rectifier [6].

G. games), digital imaging and video, along with plasma and LCD flat panel displays. Digital video (or versatile) discs, DVDs, have enjoyed the most rapid and unexpected acceptance of any new home entertainment technology. The introduction of advanced optical discs with the required storage capacity, along with increasingly widespread adoption of high-definition television, HDTV, will help drive a high rate of growth in this sector of consumer electronics for the immediate future. Indeed, management of the current menagerie of discrete personal electronic devices may well be the most important driver for early implementation of some of the concepts embodied in ‘ambient intelligence’.

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