Researchers are looking to fabricate electrical circuit elements on the ultimate molecular scale; the great potential of a molecular-based technology is that an astonishing quantity of identical components could be synthesized simultaneously, and since each will be a fraction of the size of even the smallest conventional semiconductor circuit element, extraordinary packing densities may be possible.
The School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering operates a recently refurbished bio-nanoelectronics suite, which includes state-of-the-art molecular biology facilities. The range of available equipment is tailored to suit the DNA and protein work which is carried out as part of our research programmes and includes PCR cyclers, centrifuges, agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, fluorescent microscopy, micro-reflux apparatus and other surface coating instruments, dielectrophoresis equipment, and electrochemistry setups. This is complemented with a large range of electrical characterization equipment.
A further molecular suite of nanoelectronics laboratories including confocal microscopy and AFM imaging is now available, funded though a Royal Society / Wolfson laboratory refurbishment award.