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Syllabus for

Academic year
MCC075 - Molecular electronics
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-21 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPNAT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: D

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   24 Oct 2017 pm M,  Contact examiner,  Contact examiner

In programs

MPNAT NANOTECHNOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Docent  Tomas Löfwander

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

University level of Quantum Physics.


The objective of the course is to give an exposure to the emerging field of molecular electronics with single molecules. The aim is to give an introduction into experimental techniques and theoretical concepts for electron transport through single molecule devices, and familiarize the students with the basic concepts for describing and simulating the physical properties of such systems.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Following the course, you should be able to

- describe the basic regimes of charge transport through single molecule devices, such as Coulomb blockade, quantum coherent transport, and Kondo effect.

- explain the role of coupling between molecules and electrodes.

- model orbitals of simple molecules, using analytical methods and numerical methods based on available computational packages.

- describe the influence of internal degrees of freedom in molecular charge transport, such as electromechanical effects, vibrational effects, and molecular switching mechanisms.

- model current transport in the sequential tunneling regime and explain how it is affected by molecular properties.

- model current transport in the quantum coherent transport regime and explain how it is affected by molecular properties.

- describe available experimental techniques and concepts for studies of current transport though single molecule devices.

- describe chemical motifs for molecular switches, rectifiers, and transistors.

- describe chemical concepts for self-assembly of molecular devices.


The course will contain lectures on the prospects for single-molecule electronics, methods for contacting molecules and measuring current transport through them, and basic theory of current transport through single molecules with focus on the sequential tunneling regime and the quantum coherent regime. The lectures will be supplemented with problem solving classes and two computational exercises.


The course includes a series of lectures and problem solving classes. There are computational exercises on (1) orbital modeling with density functional theory, and (2) Coulomb blockade, each carried out in small groups of maximum two students and reported in writing and orally.


Notes from lectures and exercise classes. Suggested course literature:

Molecular Electronics: An Introduction To Theory And Experiment (World Scientific Series in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology)
Juan Carlos Cuevas and Elke Scheer
World Scientific Publishing
ISBN-10: 9814282588
ISBN-13: 978-9814282581


Written exam. Oral and written reports of student group work with computational exercises.

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