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Metrology for Molecular Electronics



Curt A. Richter, D R. Stewart


We discuss some of the complex issues associated with the metrology of molecular electronic devices and describe an electrical characterization method to assess molecular crossbar devices. Experimental data is shown for an eicosanoic acid crossbar device that exhibits controllable switching hysteresis. This two-state system is due to the presence of molecules in the sample, but it is unlikely that it is due to an intrinsic property of the eicosanoic acid. It is most likely that a mechanism associated with the molecule-electrode interface is the cause of this hysteresis. These data exemplify the need for improved control and understanding of the detailed chemistry of molecule-electrode interfaces and illustrate that the properties of molecular electronic devices are determined by the entire device structure consisting of the molecules and the electrodes.
Proceedings Title
GOMAC Digest of Technical Papers
Conference Dates
March 31-April 3, 2003
Conference Location
Tampa, FL, USA
Conference Title
GOMACTech 2003


capacitance-voltage, current-voltage, molecular electronics, nanoelectronics, nanotechnology, test structures


Richter, C. and Stewart, D. (2003), Metrology for Molecular Electronics, GOMAC Digest of Technical Papers, Tampa, FL, USA, [online], (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created March 30, 2003, Updated October 12, 2021