Hey look ma, only one molecule!
The group included researchers from Yale University and the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea.
The team, including Mark Reed, the Harold Hodgkinson Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at Yale, showed that a benzene molecule attached to gold contacts could behave just like a silicon transistor.
The researchers were able to manipulate the molecule’s different energy states depending on the voltage they applied to it through the contacts.
By manipulating the energy states, they were able to control the current passing through the molecule.