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We can't cram any more processing power into silicon-based computer chips. But a paper published in Nature overnight reveals how we can make electronic devices 10 times smaller, and use molecules to build electronic circuits instead.
We're reaching the limits of what we can do with conventional silicon semiconductors. In order for electronic components to continue getting smaller we need a new approach.
Electronics - Molecules - Devices - Answer
Molecular electronics, which aims to use molecules to build electronic devices, could be the answer.
But until now, scientists haven't been able to make a stable device platform for these molecules to sit inside which could reliably connect with the molecules, exploit their ability to respond to a current, and be easily mass-produced.
Team - Researchers - Macquarie - University - Associate
An international team of researchers, including Macquarie University's Associate Professor Koushik Venkatesan, have developed a proof of concept device which they say addresses all these issues.
Their research was published overnight in Nature.
Team - Fact - Nanoparticles - Contacts - Molecules
The team exploited the fact that metallic nanoparticles can provide reliable electrical contacts to individual molecules, allowing them to transport charge through a circuit.
Their next goal will be to test the platform with different molecules that have different functions to see if they can make it work.
Technique - Compounds - Devices
If successful, their technique could lead to molecular compounds being integrated into solid-state devices that could be scaled down to the...
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