IBM toys with behaviour of single organic molecules

Yeates, Harry
June 2006
Electronics Weekly;6/7/2006, Issue 2244, p7
Trade Publication
The article informs that the researchers at International Business Machines Corp. are characterizing the electronic behavior of single organic molecules. The standard experimental technique for investigating single molecules is to create a 'break junction' a matter of picometres (10-12m) wide between gold contacts that taper to a single atom. Molecules are introduced into the chamber, which is cooled to cryogenic temperatures, bond to the gold, and are then subjected to voltage cycles. According to Doctor Heike Riel, there are no theories in place to allow any accurate predictions to be made.


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