2015 Beckman Symposium   

Peter Hetzler

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Peter Hetzler

45 - The Synthesis of Poly(2,5-diheptoxy-1,4-divinylbenzene chromiumtricarbonyl) for Investigating Organometallic Poly(p-phenylenevinylene) (PPV) Compounds as Molecular Wires

Middlebury College


The desire for more powerful computing devices has driven the miniaturization of silicone dioxide (SiO2) electronic devices. Miniaturization increases computing speed and power; however, the nanoscale properties of SiO2 establish a lower limit to the size of these devices. Carbon-based nanowires, or €molecular wires€, are an alternative approach to the use of SiO2. Instead of etching SiO2 devices smaller, chips could be built around molecular wires, which do not run into the same nanoscale problems as SiO2. Using Acyclic Diene Metathesis (ADMET), the Byers€ Lab at Middlebury College is attempting to synthesize and test a molecular wire made out of carbon and chromium.

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