Nanomicrointerface to read molecular potentials into current-voltage based electronics. Academic Article uri icon


  • Molecular potentials are unreadable and unaddressable by any present technology. It is known that the proper assembly of molecules can implement an entire numerical processing system based on digital or even analogical computation. In turn, the outputs of this molecular processing unit need to be amplified in order to be useful. We have developed a nanomicrointerface to read information encoded in molecular level potentials and to amplify this signal to microelectronic levels. The amplification is performed by making the output molecular potential slightly twist the torsional angle between two rings of a pyridazine, 3,6-bis(phenylethynyl) (aza-OPE) molecule, requiring only fractions of kcal/mol energies. In addition, even if the signal from the molecular potentials is not enough to turn the ring or even if the angles are the same for different combinations of outputs, still the current output yields results that resemble the device as a field effect transistor, providing the possibility to reduce channel lengths to the range of just 1 or 2 nm. The slight change in the torsional angle yields readable changes in the current through the aza-OPE biased by an external applied voltage. Using ab initio methods, we computationally demonstrate the amplification of molecular potential signals into currents that can be read by standard circuits.

published proceedings

  • J Chem Phys

author list (cited authors)

  • Rangel, N. L., & Seminario, J. M.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Rangel, Norma L||Seminario, Jorge M

publication date

  • March 2008