In molecular electronics, molecules are used as the functional elements in an electronic device. Recent work with magnetic molecules and molecules such as chromophores show the ability to manipulate quantum degrees of freedom in a transport experiment to a very high degree, including the nuclear spin of the magnetic atom.
At the INT we are one of the pioneers of this field of research. Currently we focus on aspects like spintronics or optoelectronic effects. We also work on producing basic devices based on these molecules in collaboration with other groups at INT and KIT.
Low-temperature STM for transport and electro- luminescence of single molecules
Molecules that bridge the gap between molecular function and devices
Interplay of electronic and nuclear spins of magnetic molecules and itinerant electrons of electrodes