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Molecular Electronics

Module EI7272

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of SS 2013

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
SS 2016SS 2013

Basic Information

EI7272 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 45 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions

Content

1) Introduction, history, overview; 2) fundamentals (electronic structure, chemical bonds, hybridization, organic compounds, polymers); 3) building units of molecular electronics (wires, insulators, diodes); 4) electronic transport (classical transport, band conductivity, tunneling, hopping, charge injection, coupling to contacts, discrete level model, rectification); 5) experimental test systems (scanning probes, break junctions, nanogaps, monolayer junctions); 6) devices and integration (bi-stable switches, basic logic circuits, hybrid electronics); 7) bio-molecular electronics (charge transfer in DNA and proteins); 8) organic electronics (organic thin-film transistors, organic LEDs and photovoltaics)

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the module the students understand the most important mechanisms and systems of molecular and bio-molecular electronics; they know fundamentals of combining these concepts into the design of basic circuits, based on molecular devices; They understand the basics of organic thin film transistors and opto-electronic devices.

Preconditions

Students should have passed following modules before taking the course:

- Materials
- Electronic Devices

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

In addition to classical lecture teaching and individual learning methods of the students an in-depth aquisition of knowledge shall be realized by solving calculation problems; the students get in early contact to current research topics by lab visits.

Media

Following media will be used for teaching purposes:
- Presentations, handout notes, blackboard notes, tablet-PC, lab tours

Literature

Nanoelectronics and Information Technology. Advanced Electronic Materials and Novel Devices, R. Waser (Ed.), 3rd Ed., Wiley-VCH (2012)

Introduction to Nanoscience, S.M. Lindsay, Oxford (2010)

Molecular Electronics: An Introduction to Theory and Experiment; Juan Carlos Cuevas / Elke Scheer, World Scientific (2010)
Additional material will be provided on Moodle.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Klausur (60 min.);
Die Klausur setzt sich zusammen aus Rechenaufgaben and Kurzfragen zum gesamten Vorlesungsinhalt; sie dient der Überprüfung des grundlegenden Verständnisses der Mechanismen und Systeme der molekularen und bio-molekularen Elektronik, und der gegenwärtigen Standardtechniken zum Aufbau grundlegender Schaltungen, welche auf derartigen Bauelementen basieren.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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