Washington, June 16 (ANI): Taking a step closer to organic nanoelectronics, scientists have found a way to order organic molecules in the PEDOT, the single most industrially important conducting polymer.
McGill's Dr. Dmitrii Perepichka and the Institut national de la recherche scientifique's Dr. Federico Rosei, led the study.
Although Perepichka is quick to point out that the research is not directly applicable to products currently in the market, he gives the example of a possible use for the findings in computer chips.
"It's a well known principle that the number of transistors in a computer chip doubles every two years, but we are now reaching the physical limit. By using molecular materials instead of silicon semiconductor, we could one day build transistors that are ten times smaller than what currently exists," he said.
The chips would in fact be only one molecule thick.
The technique sounds deceptively simple-the researchers used an inorganic material - a crystal of copper - as a template.
When molecules are dropped onto the crystal, the crystal provokes a chemical reaction and creates a conducting polymer.
By using a scanning probe microscope that enabled them to see surfaces with atomic resolution, the researchers discovered that the polymers had imitated the order of the crystal surface.
The team is currently only able to produce the reaction in one dimension, i.e. to make a string or line of molecules.
The next step will be to add a second dimension in order to make continuous sheets ("organic graphite") or electronic circuits. (ANI)