Rational Synthesis of Semiconductor Fragments
The semiconductor silicon has revolutionized life in the last century, from the development of computer chips to the discovery of solar cells that make telecommunication satellites possible. The frontier for silicon research and development is at the nanoscale. The incredible potential of nanoscale silicon arises from the attractive properties it shares with bulk silicon, such as earth abundance and low precursor toxicity, and the distinctive optical and electronic properties emerging at small sizes. This talk describes the design and synthesis of new molecular forms of silicon, as well as the characterization of materials properties and the fabrication of electronic devices based on molecular silicon.