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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 2016

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

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2019/20SS 2016SS 2013

Basic Information

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

This module description is valid from SS 2013 to WS 2019/20.

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

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.


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.


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 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.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Biomolecular Electronics
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