Simulation tool to help merge molecules with silicon electronics

Scientists are working on techniques for creating future computers, sensors and other devices that use molecules, such as proteins and DNA, instead of conventional electronic components.

Now, engineers at Purdue University have created a nanotech simulation tool that shows how current flows between silicon atoms and individual molecules to help researchers design “molecular electronic” devices for future computers and advanced sensors.

Molecular electronics could make it possible to manufacture hardware by “growing” circuits and devices in layers that may “self-assemble,” similar to the growth of structures in living organisms.

Via Purdue News.