Bioscience

Smallest electronic component: Researchers create molecular diode

October 19, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: ScienceDaily] – Recently, at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, N.J. Tao and collaborators have found a way to make a key electronic component on a phenomenally tiny scale. Their single-molecule diode is described in this week’s online edition of Nature Chemistry.

In the electronics world, diodes are a versatile and ubiquitous component. Appearing in many shapes and sizes, they are used in an endless array of devices and are essential ingredients for the semiconductor industry. Making components including diodes smaller, cheaper, faster and more efficient has been the holy grail of an exploding electronics field, now probing the nanoscale realm.

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