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Vancouver, Canada | Sunday, April 25, 2010

Short Course #3
Organic and Molecular Electronics
Daniel Frisbie and Richard McCreery, Instructors

Organic electronics has experienced rapid recent growth, due to the promise of low cost, low power consumption, and flexible formats. Organic light emitting diodes, organic thin film transistors, and novel display technologies have been commercialized, and the wide range of available organic structures promises many new electronic functions. As the dimensions of the devices approach the 1-10 nm range, unusual phenomena such as electron tunneling, high electric fields, and solid state redox reactions become important, and there is a major potential for new device behaviors.

"Molecular electronics" refers to organic electronic devices which are nanoscale in at least one dimension, consisting of molecular monolayers or single molecules acting as active electronic devices. Many of the concepts and fabrication techniques familiar to prospective attendees are relevant, particularly with regard to electron transport and surface modification. While molecular electronics is unlikely to replace silicon-based microelectronics in the foreseeable future, it may augment silicon by integration of molecular components with CMOS to achieve new electronic functions. Promising objectives for molecular and organic electronics include chemical sensors, high density nonvolatile memory, conductance switching, and photonics. The course will cover the following areas:

  • molecular electronics in the context of organic electronics;
  • electron transport in molecules and molecular layers by tunneling and hopping;
  • molecular energy levels and orbitals;
  • surfaces and interfaces: fabrication issues;
  • some organic and molecular electronic devices of current interest;
  • molecular memory based on redox reactions in molecular junctions; and
  • integration with conventional CMOS.


About the Instructors

Richard L. McCreery is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alberta, and a Senior Research Officer at the University’s National Institute for Nanotechnology. At Ohio State University, he was the Dow Professor of Chemistry (1998-2006), Professor of Chemistry (1983-1998), an Associate Professor (1979-1983), and an Assistant Professor (1974-1979). He was also a Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton (UK) in 1981. He is currently an Associate Editor for Analytical Chemistry. He was President of the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry (1995-1997), and was elected Vice-President of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) in 2008.

Dr. McCreery's research interests include surface spectroscopy, molecular electronics, electrochemical kinetics, and advanced carbon materials. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including being named a Alberta Ingenuity Scholar (2006-2011), an ECS Fellow in 2003, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1992). He received the Ernest Yeager Award from the ECS Cleveland Section (2006), the Charles N. Reilley Award of the Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry (2003), the American Chemical Society Award in Electrochemistry (2000), the George Rappoport Award from Society of Applied Spectroscopy (1996), the Ashland Oil Foundation Research Award (1982), and the O.S.U. Distinguished Research Award (1982). He was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (1981-1985), a Woodrow Wilson Fellow (1970-1971), and an NSF Predoctoral Fellow (1970-1973).

C. Daniel Frisbie is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials at the University of Minnesota (USA). He received his BA in Chemistry from Carleton College (1989) and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1993).

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