The Long History of Molecular Electronics

Long before nanotechnology, the semiconductor industry was miniaturizing microelectronic components

Hyungsub Choi

2009

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  • Long before nanotechnology, the semiconductor industry was miniaturizing microelectronic components
  • It is impossible to understand nanotechnology without a focus on these alternatives, since research communities devoted to perfecting them today form the backbone of the nanotechnology field
  • Molecular electronics arose in the late 1950s as a visionary program conducted by Westinghouse on behalf of the Air Force
  • We attribute its failure to the difficulties inherent in matching a futuristic vision to a bureaucratically accountable, incremental program that could compete with silicon
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