Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (A. Alec Talin) and Sandia National Laboratories (François Léonard) have published a detailed review of recent experimental and theoretical work highlighting the unusual physics and material science of electrical contacts to nanostructures. In the Nature Nanotechnology review article, the researchers explain that existing models of electrical contacts in bulk semiconductor devices are inapplicable at the nanoscale, and argue that in order for nanosystems to progress to practical use, it is critical to control charge at the electrical contacts. New models are required to understand contact formation and charge transport.

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Link to the review in Nature Nanotechnology.