We have written a "full scale" review entitled "Single-molecule electronics: from chemical design to functional devices" about single molecule electronics, with a focus on the progress in the field during the last 5 years. The review is published by RSC, Chemical Society Reviews DOI: 10.1039/c4cs00143e.
"Single-molecule electronics: from chemical design to functional devices"
Lanlan Sun, Yuri A. Diaz-Fernandez, Tina A. Gschneidtner, Fredrik Westerlund, Samuel Lara-Avila and Kasper Moth-Poulsen*
The use of single molecules in electronics represents the next limit of miniaturisation of electronic devices, which would enable us to continue the trend of aggressive downscaling of silicon-based electronic devices. More significantly, the fabrication, understanding and control of fully functional circuits at the single-molecule level could also open up the possibility of using molecules as devices with novel, not-foreseen functionalities beyond complementary metal-oxide semiconductor technology (CMOS). This review aims at highlighting the chemical design and synthesis of single molecule devices as well as their electrical and structural characterization, including a historical overview and the developments during the last 5 years. We discuss experimental techniques for fabrication of single molecule junctions, the potential application of single-molecule junctions as molecular switches, and general physical phenomena in single-molecule electronic devices.