Tuning the conductance of carbon nanotubes with encapsulated molecules

Vincent Meunier, Bobby G. Sumpter

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Scopus citations


It was recently shown that a molecule encapsulated inside a carbon nanotube can be used to devise a novel type of non-volatile memory element. At the heart of the mechanism for storing and reading information is the new concept of a molecular gate where the molecule acts as a passive gate that hinders the flow of electrons for a given position relative to the nanotube host. By systematically exploring the effects of encapsulation of an acceptor molecule in a series of carbon nanotubes, we show that the reliability of the memory mechanism is very sensitive to the interaction between the nanotube host and the molecule guest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number424032
Issue number42
StatePublished - Oct 24 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Tuning the conductance of carbon nanotubes with encapsulated molecules'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this