A number of solid-state devices yield useful chemical information based on interactions between molecules and molecule-sized features on the device. These include nanopores, nanowire field-effect transistor sensors, nanoscale redox sensors, and tunnel junctions. Here, we consider the electrochemical requirements needed for the stable operation of such devices. We also review the sources of noise and show how the correlations in noise generated by nanoscale sensors can be used to carry out single-molecule spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNanoscale Materials and Devices for Electronics, Photonics and Solar Energy
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9783319186337, 9783319186320
StatePublished - Aug 26 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Energy(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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Lindsay, S. (2015). What happens when molecules meet nanostructures: The convergence of chemistry and electronics at the nanoscale. In Nanoscale Materials and Devices for Electronics, Photonics and Solar Energy (pp. 217-235). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-18633-7_6