Electronic devices are on the verge of a breakthrough with the emerging use of nanoscale molecules in the essential components of devices such as computers. New molecular capabilities are being discovered every day, promising a future of smaller and more efficient molecular electronics. This ground-breaking technology has found scientists all over the world looking for different ways of breaking down nanoscale molecules so they can be used in different states.
As a matter of fact, the study of molecular electronics is extremely new. There are exciting prospects of new scientific areas being opened with more of the fascinating uses for nanoscale molecules that are yet to be discovered. Nanoscale molecules have already allowed for the creation of more versatile electronics that are used today.
Technological advances and progressive science are ushering the world into the future with advances that will make life even easier. Products such as fibers containing nanoscale molecules will be produced and used in the manufacturing of clothing. Consider being able to bend your computer screen without breaking it or causing any damage. There is even the possibility of storing computer memory in bistable, rotaxanes and catenanes molecules. You can thank molecular electronics for these forthcoming future trends.
Graphene: Only One-Atom Thick
Graphene is exceptionally strong, and it is basically extremely thin layers of carbon atoms. When it comes to being an excellent conductor, graphene is arguably one of the best. This molecular element offers technology that will take wireless communication to a whole new level. Sheets of graphene can take a long time to create. However, once the material is created, it is slated to be revolutionary in the world of computers. Vapor-deposited graphene preserves the necessary electrical assets of manually-peeled graphene, which stays flexible even when bent. Below are just a few of the products that will emerge with this technology in place.
• Flexible computer displays
• Molecular electronics
• Wireless communications
MoS2: The Old Made New Again
The true future of electronics is in the component known as molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). MoS2 is at least two atoms thicker than graphene, but retains properties that are decisively easier to handle. While MoS2 is not new to the world of electronics, when used in its two-dimensional form, it brings exciting and dynamic qualities to the electronic industry. You may be wondering exactly what type of products could come from such a molecular element. Such items include:
• Antennas for cell phones
• Circuits woven into fabrics
• Windows and mirrors used as displays
• Advanced textiles
MoS2 is so thin that it will be possible to incorporate it into many materials, such as plastic and glass. Think about the next window you walk past incorporating technological advances that allow you to look into the window to watch a presentation. You are not simply looking through the glass; instead, the glass maintains molecular properties that allow it to become an electronic display. It is almost mind-boggling to even think of all the future possibilities that lie ahead with molecular electronics.
MoS2 is fairly inexpensive to produce, which strongly hints at a future electronic surge in technology. Science has opened the vast possibilities of using electronic circuitry with active molecules. Predictions depict that MoS2 could become the backbone of many types of electronics used in your daily life.
Even senses such as smell, taste and sight could be affected if the technology is used in conjunction with silicon. Some of the first applications with this new type of molecular science will more than likely include hybrid mechanisms that comprise of existing technology being integrated with the MoS2. This type of electronic technology is already being used in some molecular electronic components and it is expected to advance rapidly.
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