Switching With Molecules For Pioneering Electro-Optical Devices

An international research team led by physicists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed molecules that can be switched between two structurally different states using an applied voltage. Such nanoswitches can serve as the basis for a pioneering class of devices that could replace silicon-based components with organic molecules.

The development of new electronic technologies drives the incessant reduction of functional component sizes. In the context of an international collaborative effort, a team of physicists at the Technical University of Munich has successfully deployed a single molecule as a switching element for light signals.

“Switching with just a single molecule brings future electronics one step closer to the ultimate limit of miniaturization,” says nanoscientist Joachim Reichert from the Physics Department of the Technical University of Munich.

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