Molecular electronics

We investigate the quantum charge transport properties of novel (bio-) molecular architectures on various semiconductor- and metal oxide surfaces and in nanoscale contact geometries.



  • Peer Kirsch, Julian M. Dlugosch, Takuya Kamiyama, Christian Pfeiffer, Henning Seim, Sebastian Resch, Frank Voges, Itai Lieberman, Abin Nas Nalakath, Yangbiao Liu, Michael Zharnikov, Marc Tornow, Restricting Conformational Space: A New Blueprint for Electrically Switchable Self-Assembled Monolayers, Small (2024)

  • Sudipta Bera, Jerry A. Fereiro, Shailendra K. Saxena, Domenikos Chryssikos, Koushik Majhi, Tatyana Bendikov, Lior Sepunaru, David Ehre, Marc Tornow, Israel Pecht, Ayelet Vilan, Mordechai Sheves, and David Cahen, Near-Temperature-Independent Electron Transport Well beyond Expected Quantum Tunneling Range via Bacteriorhodopsin Multilayers, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 145, 24820–24835 (2023)

  • Julian M. Dlugosch, Henning Seim, Achyut Bora, Takuya Kamiyama, Itai Lieberman, Falk May, Florian Müller-Plathe, Alexei Nefedov, Saurav Prasad, Sebastian Resch, Kai Saller, Christian Seim, Maximilian Speckbacher, Frank Voges, Marc Tornow, and Peer Kirsch, Conductance Switching in Liquid Crystal-Inspired Self-Assembled Monolayer Junctions, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 14, 31044−31053 (2022)

  • Kai B. Saller, Kung-Ching Liao, Hubert Riedl, Paolo Lugli, Gregor Koblmüller, Jeffrey Schwartz, Marc Tornow, Contact Architecture Controls Conductance in Monolayer Devices, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 12, 28446 (2020)

  • Muhammed I Schukfeh, Lior Sepunaru, Pascal Behr, Wenjie Li, Israel Pecht, Mordechai Sheves, David Cahen, Marc Tornow, Towards nanometer-spaced silicon contacts to proteins, Nanotechnology 27, 115302 (2016)

  • Anshuma Pathak, Achyut Bora, Kung-Ching Liao, Hannah Schmolke, Antje Jung, Claus-Peter Klages, Jeffrey Schwartz, Marc Tornow, Disorder-derived, strong tunneling attenuation in bis-phosphonate monolayers, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 28, 094008 (2016)

  • A. Bora, A. Pathak, K.-C. Liao, M. I. Vexler, A. Kuligk, A. Cattani-Scholz, B. Meinerzhagen, G. Abstreiter, J. Schwartz, and M. Tornow, Organophosphonates as model system for studying electronic transport through monolayers on SiO2/Si surfaces, Appl. Phys. Lett. 102, 241602 (2013)