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Molecular Electronics: From Principles to Practice

Molecular Electronics: From Principles to Practice

Michael C. Petty

ISBN: 978-0-470-01308-3

Mar 2008

544 pages

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This consistent and comprehensive text is unique in providing an informed insight into molecular electronics by contrasting the prospects for molecular scale electronics with the continuing development of the inorganic semiconductor industry. Providing a wealth of information on the subject from background material to possible applications, Molecular Electronics contains all the need to know information in one easily accessible place. Speculation about future developments has also been included to give the whole picture of this increasingly popular and important topic.

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Series Preface.



Symbols and Abbreviations.

Chapter 1: Scope of Molecular Electronics.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Molecular materials for electronics.

1.3 Molecular-scale electronics.

1.4 The biological world.

1.5 Future opportunities.

1.6 Conclusions.



Chapter 2: Materials’ Foundations.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2. Electronic structure.

2.3 Chemical bonding.

2.4 Bonding in organic compounds.

2.5 Crystalline and noncrystalline materials.

2.6 Polymers.

2.7 Soft matter: emulsions, foams and gels.

2.8 Diffusion.



Chapter 3: Electrical Conductivity.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 Classical theory.

3.3 Energy bands in solids.

3.4 Organic compounds.

3.5 Low frequency conductivity.

3.6 Conductivity at high frequencies.



Chapter 4: Optical Phenomena.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Electromagnetic radiation.

4.4 Interaction of EM waves with organic molecules.

4.5 Transmission and reflection from interfaces.

4.6 Waveguiding.

4.7 Surface plasmons.

4.8 Photonic crystals.



Chapter 5: Electroactive Organic Compounds.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Selected topics in chemistry.

5.3 Conductive polymers.

5.4 Charge-transfer complexes.

5.5 Buckyballs and nanotubes.

5.6 Piezoelectricity, pyroelectricity and ferroelectricity.

5.7 Magnetic materials.



Chapter 6: Tools for Molecular Electronics.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Direct imaging.

6.3 X-ray reflection.

6.4 Neutron reflection.

6.5 Electron diffraction.

6.6 Infrared spectroscopy.

6.7 Surface analytical techniques.

6.8 Scanning probe microscopies.

6.9 Film thickness measurements.



Chapter 7: Thin Film Processing and Device Fabrication.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2. Established deposition methods.

7.3 Molecular architectures.

7.4 Nanofabrication.



Chapter 8: Liquid Crystals and Devices.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Liquid crystal phases.

8.3 Liquid crystal polymers.

8.4 Display devices.

8.5 Ferroelectric liquid crystals.

8.6 Polymer dispersed liquid crystals.

8.7 Liquid crystal lenses.

8.8 Other application areas.



Chapter 9: Plastic Electronics.

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 Organic diodes.

9.3 Metal-insulator-semiconductor structures.

9.4 Field effect transistors.

9.5 Integrated organic circuits.

9.6 Organic light-emitting displays.

9.7 Photovoltaic cells.

9.8 Other application areas.



Chapter 10: Chemical Sensors and Actuators.

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 Sensing systems.

10.3 Definitions.

10.4 Chemical sensors.

10.5 Biological olfaction.

10.6 Electronic noses.

10.7 Physical sensors and actuators.

10.8 Smart textiles and clothing.



Chapter 11: Molecular-Scale Electronics.

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Nanosystems.

11.3 Engineering materials at the molecular level.

11.4 Electronic device architectures.

11.5 Molecular rectification.

11.6 Electronic switching and memory devices.

11.7 Single electron devices.

11.8 Optical and chemical switches.

11.9 Nanomagnetic systems.

11.10 Nanotube electronics.

11.11 Molecular actuation.

11.12 Logic circuits.

11.13 Computing architectures.

11.14 Quantum computing.



Chapter 12: Bioelectronics.

12.1 Introduction.

12.2 Biological building blocks.

12.3 Nucleotides.

12.4 Cells.

12.5 Genetic coding.

12.6 The biological membrane.

12.7 Neurons.

12.8 Biosensors.

12.9 DNA electronics.

12.10 Photobiology.

12.11 Molecular motors.




""The book is a very useful contribution to pedagogy in this rapidly–evolving area."" (The Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Centre, December 2008)