03 October 2017

Playing with Molecular Junctions - Tales from the South


The ultimate goal of molecular electronics is to create technologies that will complement—and eventually supersede - Si-based microelectronics technologies. To reach this goal, the field of single-molecule electronics is aiming at recognizing and characterizing single-molecule devices that mimic at least some of the behaviors of today's semiconductor components.

16 May 2017

Bottom‐up Nanoelectronics: Contacting Single Molecules and Nanoparticles


Our research focus is on bottom-up nanoelectronics and in particular the electronic characterization of single molecules and nanoparticles for device applications. For this purpose, we employ several methods to create electrodes, such as direct e-beam patterning, electromigration of Au wires, electroburning of multilayer graphene flakes, (gateable) mechanically-controllable break junctions (MCBJs) and a self-aligned fabrication technique for fabricating nano-spaced electrodes over large lengths.

09 May 2017

2D Layers as Substrates for New Materials


Three examples for the use of 2D layers as substrate for the growth of new materials are given. First, a new on-surface synthesis method is reported that enables the growth sandwich molecular nanowires. The synthesis is based on the use of Gr as an inert substrate and relies on the simultaneous deposition of rare earth metal atoms and organic ligands.