Foundations of molecular electronics - Charge transport in molecular conduction junctions

Joshua Jortner*, Abraham Nitzan, Mark A. Ratner

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The most fundamental structure involved in molecular electronics is a molecular transport junction, consisting of one (ideally) or more molecules extending between two electrodes. These junctions combine the fundamental process of intramolecular electron transfer with the mixing of molecular and continuum levels at the electrodes and the nonequilibrium process of voltage-driven currents. Much of this book is devoted to the complicated but significant behaviors that arise from this conjunction. This introductory chapter attempts to sketch some of the principles and also some of the unresolved issues that characterize molecular transport junctions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntroducing Molecular Electronics
EditorsGianaurelio Cuniberti, Klaus Richter, Giorgos Fagas
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages42
ISBN (Print)3540279946, 9783540279945
StatePublished - 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Physics
ISSN (Print)0075-8450


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