"The development of micro fabrication and field effect transistors are key enabling technologies for todays information society. It is hard to imagine superfast and omnipresent electronic devices, information technology, the Internet and mobile communication technologies without access to continuously cheaper and miniaturized microprocessors. The giant leaps in performance of microprocessors from the first personal computing machines to todays mobile devices are to a large extent realized via miniaturization of the active components. The ultimate limit of miniaturization of electronic components is the realization of single molecule electronics. Due to fundamental physical limitations, single molecule resolution cannot be achieved using classical top-down lithographic techniques. At the same time, existing surface functionalization schemes do not provide any means of placing a single molecule with high precision at a specific location on a nanostructure. This project has the ambitious goal of establishing the first method ever allowing for self-assembly of multiple single molecule devices in a parallel way and thereby provide the first method ever allowing for multiple individual single molecule components to operate together in the same device.
The impact of the technology platforms described herein goes vastly beyond the field of single molecule electronics and utilization in ultra-sensitive plasmonic biosensors with a digital single molecule response will be explored in parallel with the main roadmaps of the project."
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