US NRI scientist creates first single-molecule device

NRINGENvenkaLatha Venkataraman and her team of Columbia Engineering researchers has created a single-molecule electronic device that has the potential of applications for nanoscale devices and performs 50 times better than all prior designs.

Venkatraman said the device represents the ultimate in functional miniaturisation that can be achieved for an electronic device.

Venkatraman and her team are now working on understanding the fundamental physics behind their discovery and trying to increase the rectification ratios they observed using new molecular systems.

The report was published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.