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TU Dresden » Faculty of Mechanical Science and Engineering » Institute for Materials Science » Chair of Materials Science and Nanotechnology

Monday, 25 July 2005
(at 16:15 in room Phy 4.1.13)
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Molecular conduction

Abraham Nitzan

School of Chemistry
Tel Aviv University

Molecular conductance junctions, in which single molecules or small groups of molecules act as conductors of electrical current between two electrodes, have become an area of intense activity, driven by the intensive ongoing research and development effort in nanoscience and nanotechnology and by the growing expectations that molecules can become basic components of future electronic devices. At the same time this new point of view raises new fundamental questions, some of which are the subject of my research. This talk will provide an overview of our present understanding of the problem of molecular conductance. I will discuss different approaches and mechanisms, the relationship between conductance and the fundamental chemical kinetics of electron transfer, the relationship between junction structure and its conduction properties, the significance of thermal interactions, and some of the challenging areas not yet fully addressed.

Brief Bio:

Abraham Nitzan was born in Israel in 1944. He received his B.Sc. in chemistry in 1964, his M.Sc. in physical chemistry in 1966, both from the Hebrew University, and his Ph.D. in 1972 from Tel Aviv University. He had a postdoctoral Fullbright Fellowship at MIT, was a research associate at the University of Chicago, and taught at Northwestern University before joining the Faculty at Tel Aviv University. At TAU he has been a Professor of Chemistry since 1982 and also served as Chairman of the School of Chemistry in 1984-7, and Dean of the Faculty of Science in 1995-8. He is a fellow of the APS and of the AAAS. Nitzan's research is in the field of chemical dynamics and transport phenomena in condensed phases. Recent work has focused on solvation and transport of ions in simple and complex solvents and in electron solvation and transport molecular environment and interfaces.

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Invited by G. Cuniberti (CMT + MC seminar)

Within the Vielberth Foundation visiting program

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