IM2653 Molecular Electronics 7.5 credits

Molekylär elektronik

Please note

This course has been cancelled.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Last planned examination: autumn 20.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

The course treats the emerging field of molecular electronics from basics. Organic semiconductors will be an important introductory part of this course. The theory and practice of fabricating discrete and integrated molecular electronic devices and their applications in diverse fields will be covered. Means of achieving various electronics functionalities such as memory, logic etc. by the molecules will be treated. Lessons from biological molecular behaviour for molecular electronics will be addressed. Nanophotonics is also introduced as an integral part of molecular electronics.

After the course the student should be able to:

Understand the physics behind organic semiconductors

Calculate transport properties in the mesoscopic systemsIdentify the molecules that can be used for different functions in molecular electronics

Choose a proper method or combined several methods for fabricating a particular componentExploit the behaviour of the biomolecules for molecular electronic

Gain an introductory knowledge on nanophotonics

Course main content

1)                   Organic semiconductors and conductors for molecular electronics – concepts and choice of suitable organic molecules

2)                   Charge injection and transport in mesoscopic systems

3)                   Dynamic redox systems: Towards realisation of unimolecular memory

4)                   Device fabrication methods including Langmuir-Blodget Films

5)                   Semiconductor and molecular assembly nanowires

6)                   Making contacts to single molecules

7)                   Biology inspired concepts + Biochemical and quantum computing

8)                   Charge transport in DNA based devices

9)                   Sensing and manipulating molecules – SPM technologies for characterisation and manipulation

10)                 “CMOL”(hybrid semiconductor/nanowire/molecular) devices, circuits and architecture

11)                 Lab-on-chip concepts

12)                 Nanophotonics


Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge in physics, chemistry and materials science.


Published articles and handouts


  • TEN1 - Written Exam, 7.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

The exam consists of a report, a seminar and home assignments. The student should write at least a5-page report on the seminar topic he/she will hold. The home assignments will be based on all the subjects that are covered in the course (both seminars and lectures). In order to gain grade Fx and above, one should solve all the home assignments besides the report and the seminar. The association of grade with the percentage of marks obtained in the home assignments  is as follows: F: < 60 %; Fx: 60 – 70%; E 71– 80%; D 81 - 85%; C: 86 – 90%; B: 91- 95% ; A: 96-100%

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Sebastian Lourdudoss <>

Supplementary information

The course is replaced by SK2755 as from autumn term 2017.


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2008.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2016.