Molecular Electronics: Bio-sensors and Bio-computers

  • L. Barsanti
  • V. Evangelista
  • P. Gualtieri
  • V. Passarelli
  • S. Vestri

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAII, volume 96)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. V. Balzani, A. Credi, M. Venturi, A. Di Fabio
    Pages 29-41
  3. S. Kolev, T. Merodiiska, P. Zubov, I. Nedkov, S. Nikitov
    Pages 53-57
  4. J. Chen, M. A. Reed, S. M. Dirk, D. W. Price, A. M. Rawlett, J. M. Tour et al.
    Pages 59-195
  5. A. Ottova, H. T. Tien
    Pages 197-225
  6. M. Venanzi, A. Palleschi, L. Stella, B. Pispisa
    Pages 237-254
  7. Jeffrey A. Stuart, Duane L. Marcy, Kevin J. Wise, Robert R. Birge
    Pages 265-299
  8. Itamar Willner, Bilha Willner, Eugenii Katz
    Pages 311-339
  9. L. FÁBiÁn, L. Oroszi, P. Ormos, A. DÉr
    Pages 341-348
  10. D. Barak-Shinar, M. Rosenfeld, S. Abboud
    Pages 349-353
  11. N. F. Starodub, V. M. Starodub, A. M. Katzev, I. A. Levkovetz, T. L. Dibrova, V. E. Krivenchuk et al.
    Pages 355-372
  12. Davide Bertolini, Paolo Gualtieri
    Pages 389-399
  13. Dieter Zeisel
    Pages 417-425
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 543-545

About this book


How fast and powerful can computers become? Will it be possible someday to create artificial brains that have intellectual capabilities comparable to those of human beings? The answers to these questions depend to a very great extent on a single factor: how small and dense we can make computer circuits. Very recently, scientists have achieved revolutionary advances that may very well radically change the future of computing.

There are significant advantages to using biological molecules in a new computational paradigm, since nature has solved similar problems to those encountered in harnessing organic molecules to perform data manipulation. Biomolecules could be used as photonic devices in holography, as spatial light modulators, in neural network optical computing, as nonlinear optical devices, and as optical memories. Such computers may use a billion times less energy than electronic computers, while storing data in a trillionth of the space, while also being highly parallel. Research projects implemented by national and international groups have produced a large amount of data from multidisciplinary work, ranging from physics and engineering to chemistry and biology.


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Editors and affiliations

  • L. Barsanti
    • 1
  • V. Evangelista
    • 1
  • P. Gualtieri
    • 1
  • V. Passarelli
    • 1
  • S. Vestri
    • 1
  1. 1.CNR Institute of BiophysicsPisaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-1212-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0141-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2609
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