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Molecular Electronics: Electrical Metrology


Physical Measurement Laboratory, Engineering Physics Division

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50.68.31.B4752 Gaithersburg, MD

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Name E-mail Phone
Hacker, Christina Ann 301.975.2233


In Molecular Electronics-a field that is predicted to have important technological impacts on the computational and communication systems of the future-molecules perform the functions of electronic components. We are developing methods to reliably and reproducibly measure the electrical properties of small ensembles of molecules in order to investigate molecular conduction mechanisms. Specifically, we are developing test-structures based on nanofabrication and MicroElectroMechanical Systems processing techniques for assessing the electrical properties and reliability of moletronic molecules. In addition to the complexity of the nanofabrication of test structures, the challenges associated with measuring the electrical properties (such as current-voltage and capacitance-voltage as functions of temperature and applied fields) of these small molecular ensembles are daunting. The measured electrical properties will be correlated with systematic characterization studies by a variety of probes and the results used in the validation of predictive models. This task is part of a cross-disciplinary, inter-laboratory effort at NIST whose overall role is to develop the measurement science that will enable molecular electronics to blossom into a viable industry.


Capacitance-voltage; Current-voltage; Moletronics; Nanofabrication; Nanotechnology; Self-assembled monolayers; Test structures;


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Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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