Molecular electronics are hop, hop, hopping along
When you want to go across a busy road loaded with cars, one easy way to do it is to go through an underground tunnel. Quantum tunnelling is a quantum representation of the same concept for electrons. Organic molecular-scale electronics have increasingly used single-step tunnelling. Quantum tunnelling occurs due to the quantum wave nature of electrons and the fact that, when the electron wave hits the barrier, it does not stop abruptly; instead, it tapers off, with the probability that some of those electrons will end up on the other side. The potential of multi-step tunnelling or electron 'hopping' such as that in photosynthesis has not been harnessed. The EU-funded HOPELEC project is studying hopping processes in molecular-scale electronics with the goal of elucidating novel molecular-scale device mechanisms and enhancing our knowledge of biology and materials science.
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