Advances of Various Heterogeneous Structure Types in Molecular Junction Systems and Their Charge Transport Properties

Jaeho Shin, Jung Sun Eo, Takgyeong Jeon, Takhee Lee, Gunuk Wang

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Molecular electronics that can produce functional electronic circuits using a single molecule or molecular ensemble remains an attractive research field because it not only represents an essential step toward realizing ultimate electronic device scaling but may also expand our understanding of the intrinsic quantum transports at the molecular level. Recently, in order to overcome the difficulties inherent in the conventional approach to studying molecular electronics and developing functional device applications, this field has attempted to diversify the electrical characteristics and device architectures using various types of heterogeneous structures in molecular junctions. This review summarizes recent efforts devoted to functional devices with molecular heterostructures. Diverse molecules and materials can be combined and incorporated in such two- and three-terminal heterojunction structures, to achieve desirable electronic functionalities. The heterojunction structures, charge transport mechanisms, and possible strategies for implementing electronic functions using various hetero unit materials are presented sequentially. In addition, the applicability and merits of molecular heterojunction structures, as well as the anticipated challenges associated with their implementation in device applications are discussed and summarized. This review will contribute to a deeper understanding of charge transport through molecular heterojunction, and it may pave the way toward desirable electronic functionalities in molecular electronics applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2202399
JournalAdvanced Science
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Oct 25

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© 2022 The Authors. Advanced Science published by Wiley-VCH GmbH.


  • charge transport mechanism
  • molecular electronics
  • molecular heterojunction
  • molecule-2D material heterostructures
  • molecule-inorganic heterostructures
  • molecule-organic heterostructures
  • three-terminal molecular heterojunction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (miscellaneous)
  • General Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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