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Molecular Electronics for Audio Distortion Circuits

Event Details

Event Dates: 

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:00am

Seminar Location: 

  • JILA X325

Speaker Name(s): 

Professor Richard L. McCreery

Speaker Affiliation(s): 

University of Alberta and the National Institute of Nanotechnology
Seminar Type/Subject

Scientific Seminar Type: 

  • JILA Public Seminar

Event Details & Abstract: 

Molecules may be considered electronic systems, with electrons rapidly moving through molecular orbitals and also long distances in biological metabolism and photosynthesis.  The prospect of incorporating molecules into microelectronic circuits based on silicon and metallic conductors has great potential for enhancing consumer electronics, providing solar energy conversion, and permitting new functions not possible with silicon.  In order to combine the electronic properties of molecules with conventional microelectronics, we need to understand how to “connect” to molecules as well as how electrons are transported through molecules.  Once the “rules” of charge transport through molecules are understood, it should be possible to “rationally design” new molecular electronic devices for valuable functions not currently possible with silicon.  An application in a nonlinear amplifier to produce intentional distortion of electric guitar output will be discussed and demonstrated.