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


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

Understanding the most important mechanisms and systems of molecular and bio-molecular electronics; gaining fundamental knowledge for combining these concepts into the design of basic circuits, based on molecular devices; understanding the basics of organic thin film transistors and opto-electronic devices; being able to work out a presentation about current topics, based on original literature.


Students should have passed following modules before taking the course: - Materials - Electronic Devices

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 3 Molecular Electronics Tornow, M.
Mitwirkende: Speckbacher, M.
Mittwoch, 08:00–10:30

Learning and Teaching Methods

Zusätzlich zum Frontalunterricht in der Vorlesung und individuellen Methoden des Studierenden wird eine vertiefende Wissensbildung durch Aufgabenrechnen in Übungen angestrebt; frühzeitiger Kontakt der Studierenden zu aktuellen Forschungsthemen durch eigenständige Ausarbeitung eines Seminarvortrags anhand von Originalliteratur; Laborbesuche.


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


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 reading material, class notes and useful web sources will be provided to the students by a sharepoint system

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

During an oral exam baased on an individual presentation with following discussion of the topic with the examiner students have to proof that they are able to mechanisms and systems of molecular and bio-molecular electronics and present standard techniques to build circuits based on those devices.

Exam Repetition

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

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