Electronic parts created from single molecules by means of chemical synthesis could open the way for smaller, faster and more environmentally friendly and sustainable electronic appliances. Now for the first time, a transistor created from a singular molecular monolayer is able to work where it really counts, namely on a computer chip.

The molecular integrated circuit was created by a group of chemists and physicists from the Department of Chemistry Nano-Science Center at the University of Copenhagen and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. Their discovery has just been published online in the periodical Advanced Materials. The breakthrough was made possible through an innovative use of the two dimensional carbon material graphene.

The work has been supported by Danish Chinese Center for Molecular Nano-Electronics and financed by the Danish National Research Foundation, the European Union 7th framework for research (FP7) and by The Lundbeck Foundation.

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