Molecular Electronics

[RG # 132] Molecular Electronics

June 1 - August 30, 2012

Organizer:
Amnon Aharony (Ben-Gurion University)

Molecular electronics, one of the major fields in nanoscience, studies electronic devices based on single molecules, and on molecular networks connected to other electronic components. Its potential applications include sensors, displays, smart materials, molecular motors, logic and memory devices, molecular scale transistors and energy transduction devices. Besides being the next step in device miniaturization, molecules are able to bind to one another, recognize each other, assemble into larger structures, and exhibit dynamical stereochemistry. In addition to its technological potential, molecular electronics has raised many new fundamental questions, e.g. concerning the interactions of molecular systems with their environment and their functioning far from equilibrium.  Also, fluctuations and noise constitute an important part of the physics of such microscopic systems. At the moment there already exist several ingenious experimental realizations of transport through molecular bridges. There also exist a variety of different theoretical tools (both in chemistry and in physics) to attack the above important issues.

This group will bring together physicists and chemists, experimentalists and theoreticians, senior and young scientists, aiming to understand existing experiments, to propose new experiments (possibly combining various experimental tools) and new technological devices, using combinations of  various theoretical and experimental methods.

 

Members

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Roi Baer

FELLOW
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Science
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

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Juan Carlos Cuevas

FELLOW
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Department of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain

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Ferdinand Evers

FELLOW
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Institute of Nanotechnology and Institut für Theorie der Kondensierten Materie
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

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Shmuel Gurvitz

FELLOW
Weizmann Institute of Science

Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

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Yoseph Imry

FELLOW
Weizmann Institute of Science

Department of Condensed Matter Physics
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

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Daniel Neuhauser

FELLOW
UCLA

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
UCLA, USA

Research Interests: Nanopolaritonics; spintronics; density functional theory.

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Eran Rabani

FELLOW
Tel Aviv University

Department of Chemical Physics
School of Chemistry
Tel Aviv University, Israel

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Peter Silvestrov

FELLOW
Freie Universität Berlin

Physics Department and Dahlem Center for Complex Quantum Systems
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany