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molecular electronics

A term referring to electronic devices that are based on components of individual molecules.
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The structure of resistive molecular memory usually consists of an organic layer sandwiched by two metal electrodes, similar to macromolecular memory.
Compared with other emerging nonvolatile memories, the most appealing property of molecular memory is its outstanding scalability.
But molecular memory is not exactly household term in the financial community, so few analysts have speculated on its potential.
"In being able to switch and read the molecular state, [Moerner and Basche] have the makings of a molecular memory element," says Dietrich Haarer, a physicist at the University of Bayreuth in Germany.
Biology is "chemistry with its own history," he said, meaning that life is simply a chemical process capable of holding a molecular memory that evolves over generations.
He said that the plants retain a "molecular memory" of the prolonged cold of winter, which is reset in each new generation to ensure it is able to respond to vernalisation.
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