Nanoscale Devices

Fabrication, Functionalization, and Accessibility from the Macroscopic World

  • Gianfranco Cerofolini

Part of the NanoScience and Technology book series (NANO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-14
  2. Basics

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  3. Advanced Topics: Self-Similar Structures, Molecular Motors, and Nanobiosystems

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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 197-211

About this book


The evolution of the microelectronics is controlled by the idea of scaling. However, the scaling of the device size below 10 nm is expected to be impossible because of physical, technological and economic reasons. Fundamental considerations (based on Heisenberg's principle, Schrödinger equation, decoherence of quantum states, and Landauer limit) suggest that a length scale of a few nanometers is possible. On this length scale, reconfigurable molecules (via redox or internal excitation processes) seem to be suitable for that. Moreover, crossbar with cross-point density in the range 1010--1011 cm-² can already be prepared with existing methods, and such methods permit the link of nanoscopic cross-points to lithographically accessible contacts. The structures for molecular electronics deal with molecules. Although this subject is highly interdisciplinary (covering quantum and statistical mechanics, supramolecular chemistry, chemistry of surfaces, and silicon technology and devices), the book is intended to be self-contained providing in appendices the necessary side knowledge.


Batch access to the molecular world Molecular electronics Nanobiointerface Nanoscience Nanotechnology biosensing electronics fabrication nanostructure

Authors and affiliations

  • Gianfranco Cerofolini
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  1. 1.Dipto. Scienza dei MaterialiUniversità di Milano-BicoccaMilanoItaly

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