Prof. Juan Carlos Cuevas

Theoretical Nanophysics @ UAM

Molecular Electronics Book (1st Edition):

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MOLECULAR ELECTRONICS: An Introduction to Theory and Experiment (1st Edition, 2010) (World Scientific Series in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology - Vol. 1)

by Juan Carlos Cuevas (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain) and Elke Scheer (Universität Konstanz, Germany)
by Juan Carlos Cuevas (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain) and Elke Scheer (Universität Konstanz, Germany)


This book provides a comprehensive overview of the rapidly developing field of molecular electronics. It focuses on our present understanding of the electrical conduction in single-molecule circuits and provides a thorough introduction to the experimental techniques and theoretical concepts. It will also constitute as the first textbook-like introduction to both the experiment and theory of electronic transport through single atoms and molecules. In this sense, this publication will prove invaluable to both researchers and students interested in the field of nanoelectronics and nanoscience in general.

Molecular Electronics is self-contained and unified in its presentation. It may be used as a textbook on nanoelectronics by graduate students and advanced undergraduates studying physics and chemistry. In addition, included are previously unpublished material that will help researchers gain a deeper understanding into the basic concepts involved in the field of molecular electronics.


  1. The Birth of Molecular Electronics
  2. Fabrication of Metallic Atomic-Size Contacts
  3. Contacting Single Molecules: Experimental Techniques
  4. The Scattering Approach to Phase-Coherent Transport in Nanocontacts
  5. Introduction to Green's Function Techniques for Systems in Equilibrium
  6. Green's Functions and Feynman Diagrams
  7. Nonequilibrium Green's Functions Formalism
  8. Formulas of the Electrical Current: Exploiting the Keldysh Formalism
  9. Electronic Structure I: Tight-Binding Approach
  10. Electronic Structure II: Density Functional Theory
  11. The Conductance of a Single Atom
  12. Spin-Dependent Transport in Ferromagnetic Atomic Contacts
  13. Coherent Transport Through Molecular Junctions I: Basic Concepts
  14. Coherent Transport Through Molecular Junctions II: Test-Bed Molecules
  15. Single-Molecule Transistors: Coulomb Blockade and Kondo Physics
  16. Vibrationally-Induced Inelastic Current I: Experiment
  17. Vibrationally-Induced Inelastic Current II: Theory
  18. The Hopping Regime and Biomolecular Electronics
  19. Beyond Electrical Conductance: Shot Noise and Thermal Transport
  20. Optical Properties of Current-Carrying Molecular Junctions
  21. What is Missing in This Book?

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Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in nanoscience and nanotechnology, physics, chemistry, nanoelectronics and molecular electronics.

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Book reviews:

Book review in Physik Journal by Prof. Dr. Gianaurelio Cuniberti (Technical University of Dresden) (in German).