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  03.12.2018 - From molecular electronics to biomolecular electronics: how easy is the transition?

Lunedì 10 Dicembre, alle ore 15:30, in aula F1, la Prof.ssa Linda A. Zotti dell'Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, terrà un seminario dal titolo:

From molecular electronics to biomolecular electronics: how easy is the transition?

In this talk, I will briefly give an introduction to molecular electronics, providing a few examples from my work [1,4] to show how molecules can be an excellent testbed for studying fundamental physics. I will then turn to discuss recent results of ours in the field of biomolecular electronics. This is a flourishing topic, steadily attracting attention due to the potential biomolecules have as active components inside electrical devices. This arises from their richness in terms of chemical recognition, self-assembly and optical and electronic properties. I will show theoretical results obtained by electron-transport calculations for selected peptides [5] as well as fully ab-initio calculations on entire proteins [6]. I will then discuss their relationship with experimental observations [7] as well as new challenges posed for theoreticians in the field.


[1] Cui, L. et al, Peltier cooling in molecular junctions. Nature nanotechnology, 13(2), p.122 (2018)
[2] Lee, W et al., Heat dissipation in atomic-scale junctions. Nature, 498(7453), p.209 (2013)
[3] Zotti, L.A et al., A molecular platinum cluster junction: A single-molecule switch. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135(6), pp.2052-2055 (2013)
[4] Leary, E. et al., The Role of Oligomeric Gold–Thiolate Units in Single-Molecule Junctions of Thiol-Anchored Molecules. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122(6), pp.3211-3218 (2018)
[5] Zotti, L.A. et al., Electron Transport Through Homopeptides: Are They Really Good Conductors? ACS Omega, 3(4), pp.3778-3785 (2018)
[6] Romero, C et al, Ab-initio Electronic Structure Calculations of Entire Blue Copper Azurins, submitted.
[7] Ruiz, M.P. et al., Aragonès, Bioengineering a single-protein junction. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139(43), pp.15337-15346 (2017)




Ref. prof. M. Beccaria