(ScienceDaily) A new breed of electronic devices, bearing unique properties, is being developed by Nongjian “NJ” Tao, Director of the Biodesign Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors at Arizona State University. As ultra-miniaturization continues apace, researchers have begun to explore the intersection of physical and chemical properties occurring at the molecular scale that brings many challenges. In the world of the ultra-tiny, the peculiar properties of the quantum world hold sway. Here, electrons flowing as current behave like waves and are subject to a phenomenon known as quantum interference.
The ability to manipulate this quantum phenomenon could help open the door to new nanoelectronic devices with unusual properties. Altering conductance through the manipulation of quantum interference opens the field of molecular electronics to a broad range of innovations.