Position Status: Open
Title of Project: Molecular Electronics
Year in Program: All
Type of Position: Unpaid
Hours per week: TBD
Semesters Recruiting: Fall, Spring
At the heart of molecular electronics and nanotechnology lies the use of molecules as components in electronic devices. Incorporating molecules into devices requires a firm understanding of charge transport through molecules and across metal-molecule interfaces. Our work in this field is largely focused on measuring the conductance (inverse of resistance) of individual molecule wired between two metal electrodes and understanding how this conductance depends on molecular structure and environmental conditions. The objectives of our work are to accurately determine the conductance of individual molecules, investigate charge transport mechanisms, determine the role chemical functionality and molecular structure play in transport, understand the relationship between conductance and environmental/physical properties (e.g. gate voltage, force, temperature, pH, solvent composition), explore conductance as a function of metal-molecule linker chemistry, and to move beyond passive device fabrication (e.g. diodes) toward the realization of active molecular electronic devices (e.g. switches, transistors).
To this end, there are a number of open research projects available for graduate student researcher.
The successful candidate will have an undergraduate degree in a STEM or STEM-related discipline. In addition, the successful candidate must be ethical, hardworking, creative, possess strong problem solving and analytical skills, and be able to work effectively in a diverse team. Prior training in research is not required.
If you are interested in this research opportunity, contact Gina Florio at 718-990-8238 or e-mail f[email protected].