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Carbon-based nanoelectronics

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 276805

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2011

  • End date

    30 April 2014

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 45 000

  • EU contribution

    € 45 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom

Objective

"Molecular electronics has the potential to go well below the size limitations of silicon-based electronics, such that the well known Moore's law can be maintained for much longer than with silicon alone. Without advances in nanoscale/molecular electronics, future computers would not be able to continue the current pace of development over the next twenty years. Molecular electronics can reduce the size of semiconductor rectifiers to the nanoscale by using single molecules as rectifiers. In addition, molecular electronics can also pave the way to single molecule sensing, which is an important part of the improvement of next-generation health care involving highly sensitive detection of toxic materials.

Carbon-based nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, graphene nanoribbons, and carbonaceous molecular wires are the basis of carbon-based nanoelectronics. The 2009 edition of the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) recognizes the importance of carbon-based nanoelectronics, calling it an ""emerging research information processing technology"" and stating that it ""exhibits high potential and is maturing rapidly"". The study of carbon-based nanomaterials is important for the eventual realization of their vast application potential. The research in this proposal will focus on the theoretical multi-scale modeling of nanoscale carbon-based materials such as nanotubes and graphene, addressing multiple different topics. Nanoscale rectification will be studied by examining various single molecule rectifiers connecting graphene or nanotube electrodes. Single molecule sensing will be studied by looking at functionalized graphene. The electronic structure of small diameter carbon nanotubes and small molecules that are of interest in molecular electronics will be examined with state-of-the-art methods that go beyond conventional density functional theory and can provide reliable predictions for experimentalists."

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

Address

Bailrigg
La1 4yw Lancaster

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 45 000

Administrative Contact

Jane Sherriff (Ms.)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 276805

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2011

  • End date

    30 April 2014

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 45 000

  • EU contribution

    € 45 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom