DNA - Nanodevices

European Union

Status: finished project
Contract Number:
IST-2006- 029192
Starting date 
1 January 2006
Ending date 
31 August 2010

We propose the design, realization, and testing of DNA-based devices that can serve as building blocks for self- organized molecular nanoelectronics. This objective is stimulated by the encouraging results attained by our team over the last 3 years to produce novel DNA-based nanowires exhibiting conductivity signals.

The specific goals of the project are:

  1. Development of full control over the production process, specific modifications at desired locations, and the electrical properties of the conducting DNA-based nanowires (G4-DNA, M-DNA, DNA-polymer-hybrids);
  2. Realization of DNA-based molecular nanodevices with a non-linear electric response;
  3. Morphological, spectroscopic and electrical characterization of the above nanowires and nanodevices;
  4. Prediction and interpretation of the structural and electrical properties through complementary theoretical methods.

These objectives bear a huge promise in the context of device miniaturization: in fact, the limits towards scaling down electronic architectures and increasing circuit integration are strongly related to the ability to fabricate individual device components at the nanoscale (=10 nm and below). In particular, biological strategies may unravel new ways to assemble wires into devices and devices into functional networks, based on the spontaneous self-organization of intrinsically tiny components.

The contract number if FP6-029192


  • Tel Aviv University (TAU), Israel
    Prof. Alexander Kotlyar, Prof. Joshua Jortner.
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI), Israel
    Danny Porath, Dr. Shlomo Yitzchaik.
  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Spain
    Dr. Julio Gómez-Herrero, Dr. Felix Zamora, Prof. José M. Soler.
  • Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark
    Dr. Leonid Gurevich.
  • CNR-INFM-S3, Italy
    Dr. Rosa Di Felice, Prof. Elisa Molinari.
  • Universidad del País Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU), Spain
    Dr. Angel Rubio.
  • Regensburg Universität (REGU), Germany
    Dr. Gianaurelio Cuniberti.

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