Nanocomputing: molecular field-coupled nanocomputing

This research studies Molecular Field-Coupled Nanocomputing (FCN). It encodes the information in the polarization of single molecules according to the Quantum-dot Cellular Automata (QCA) paradigm and propagates it through local intermolecular electrostatic interactions. Molecular FCN permits the implementation of nanoscale logic gates for THz and low-power digital electronics.

Quantum mechanics effects dominate molecular behavior. Therefore, ab initio techniques are widely employed to study static and dynamic molecular behavior.

Then, simulation results are used to develop models for the simulation and design of complex circuits. The research developed algorithms for the fast simulation of molecular FCN devices to understand the potential of molecular FCN, favoring the realization of design methodologies and studying the integration of molecular FCN with CMOS technology.

Several applications are addressed, such as digital computing, logic-in-memory and neural computing. Finally, the research addresses a concrete prototype's experimental fabrication and characterization.

Erc Sector:

  • PE7_3 Simulation engineering and modelling
  • PE7_5 (Micro and nano) electronic, optoelectronic and photonic components
  • PE3_12 Molecular electronics


  • Molecular Computing
  • Quantum Cellular Automata
  • Molecular Electronics

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