The course introduces the conductance properties of molecular systems, quantum systems in nature, and state-of-the-art research on this topic. There is an emphasis on metal/single-molecule/metal junctions, but organic film devices are also treated. Since this interdisciplinary course has a clear chemical component, several lectures are given by guest lecturers with a chemistry background. The course consists of lectures with weekly exercises, and, later in the course, interactive discussions on recent scientific articles in the field.
This is a joint Delft-Leiden course. In 2023, the lectures will be given in Leiden. Part of the course is given by guest lecturers.
Course load total (hrs): 50 (excl. self-study)
Lectures (hrs): 28
Literature study and Problem solving (hrs): 19
Assessment (hrs): 3
This course aims to convey knowledge of quantum charge transport physics and organic chemistry to gain insight in the vivid field of molecular electronics. Students should be able to critically read and interpret scientific papers in this field by the end of the course. Key topics will hence be:
Molecular structure, sigma- and pi-bonds, tight binding method
Quantum charge transport in molecules, Landauer description
Electron-phonon coupling in molecular junctions
Theoretical methods (DFT, Hartree-Fock, Born-Oppenheimer approximation)
Experimental techniques for single-molecular conductance
Molecular spin transport
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Mode of instruction
Depending on the situation: an oral or written exam which counts for 50% of the final grade. The other 50% of the final grade is based on the mark for an essay that the students write about a subject in contemporary molecular electronics. To pass the course, the rounded average of the essay and exam needs to be at least a 6 while the exam grade itself needs to be at least a 6 as well.
Molecular electronics: an introduction to theory and experiment, by Juan Carlos Cuevas and Elke Scheer (World Scientific)
Additional lectures notes/slides and scientific papers on Blackboard
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Prof.dr. J.M. van Ruitenbeek (Jan)
Section: Quantum Matter & Optics
Group: Atomic and Molecular Conductors van Ruitenbeek
Phone: +31 (0)71 527 5450
Location: Oort, room 157
Prof.Dr.ir. S.J. van der Molen (Sense Jan)
Section: Quantum Matter & Optics
Group: Van der Molen
Phone: +31 (0)71 527 5461
Location: Oort, room 165
Prof. Dr. Ir. H.S.J. van der Zant
Herre van der Zant
Phone: 31 15 278 7733