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Molecular Host Templates for Nanoelectronic Functional Guests


"The TEMPLATES project aims at constructing highly organised lattices consisting of a nanoporous structural host template in which functional guest moieties can be accommodated, and to address these with electrochemical scanning probe techniques. The guest species are metal nanocrystals in the quantum confinement size range and redox molecules, both capable of active electronic function (switching, amplification, rectification) in an electrochemical environment. Our strategy focuses on electrolyte gating at electrified solid/liquid interfaces, which can address physical gates down to 1 nm by achieving strong electronic coupling, and allows the target ""device"" to function under ambient conditions. By varying the guest–guest distance, the electrolyte (including ionic liquids) and the operational conditions, we aim to demonstrate cooperative and gating medium effects, and long-term stability and functionality. The host–guest network could be used as high-density non-volatile memory or perform logic functions in nanoelectronic devices, and therefore has a high application potential.

In addition to its challenging technical goals, the TEMPLATES project offers high potential of professional reintegration of the applicant. The research project capitalises on the results, scientific and complementary skills that the applicant acquired during the initial Marie Curie Fellowship, while maximising the benefits offered by the research environment of the new host institution, with a strong focus on knowledge transfer. In doing so, it is envisaged that the project will strongly catalyse the applicant’s successful progress to an independent leading research position in the near future."

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Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Administrative Contact
Stijn Delauré (Dr.)