COMOSYEL aims at designing complex nanometric and molecular systems to process electronic or optical information from the macroscopic to the molecular scale. It proposes two specific, unconventional approaches to molecular electronics and plasmonics and the development of two multidisciplinary technical toolkits, one in bio-inspired chemistry and one in surface nanopatterning by liquid nanodispensing that will support the first two topics, and eventually become a part of the team's culture for future research developments. (1) Graphene-based nanoelectronics is an experimental implementation of mono-molecular electronics concept using graphene to bridge the macroscopic world to the molecular scale. This topic aims at encoding and processing electronic information in a single complex molecular system in order to achieve complex logic functions. (2) Self-assembled nanoplasmonics aims at developing a molecular plasmonics concept. Here, complex networks of sub-20nm crystalline metallic nanoparticle chains are produced and interfaced to convert photons to plasmons and ultimately confine, enhance and route light energy from a conventional light source to an arbitrary chromophore on a substrate. (3) Bio-inspired nanomaterials chemistry will be the main synthetic tool to produce new multifunctional nanostructured materials able to address and collect information from/to the macroscopic world to/from the single molecule level. Both morphogenesis and self-assembly will be explored to better control size and shape of nano-objects and the topology of higher-order architectures. (4) Liquid nanodispensing is a promising tool to interface nanosized/molecular sized systems with both lithographically produced host structures and individual molecular systems. A nanoscale liquid dispensing technique derived from AFM combines resolution and versatility and will be pushed to its extreme to master the deposition of nanoobjects onto a substrate or a precise modification of surfaces.
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