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19 december 2018

Closed FOM programme

Number 86.
Title Atomic and molecular nanophysics (NAPH)
Executive organisational unit BUW
Programme management Prof.dr. J.M. van Ruitenbeek 
Duration 2007-2014
Cost estimate M€ 4.0

To investigate the properties of systems having a single molecule in strong interaction with multiple probes. Such systems often consist of a molecule that interacts with an electron cur­rent that passes through it, as a means of sensing the molecular response, while it may be excited by means of an electromagnetic field. The primary aim is a fundamental under­standing of the processes involved, but eventually the goal is to find new molecular devices based on design of the molecular properties.

Background, relevance and implementation
Exploiting the rich design space of organic molecules for applications as components in future electronic devices has been identified internationally as one of the main challenges in nanotechnology. The present status of the field is such that several groups world wide have developed methods that have demonstrated, for a limited set of molecules, clear single-mole­cule characteristics and fair agreement with computations.

Now that we are able to apply leads to individual molecules we naturally enter into the next exciting phase of the research, which involves, on the one hand, an exploration of the physics of electron transport of the molecular junctions and their interaction with the environment, and on the other hand, a search for suitable systems and principles as candidates for applica­tions. This challenging goal can only be accomplished within a concerted effort, employing the expertise from physics, chemistry, and material science, and from experiment as well as theory.

To ensure a strong cohesion within the programme the applicants decided to formulate a closed programme with concrete research plans and collaborations outlined for each of the intended participants.

The final evaluation of this programme will consist of a self-evaluation initiated by the programme leader and is foreseen in 2014.

Please find a research highlight that was achieved in 2013 within this FOM programme here.