The aim of the “Molecular Architectonics” includes the manifestation of electronic, optical, and information-processing functions that are orchestrated by assembling molecules like pillars and beams in a building structure. The measurement method for the electrical conductivity of single molecules in the electrode–molecule –electrode systems has been practically established. In this field, an accurate molecular design and electrode surface structural design will be the foundation for creating the switching functions using light, electric fields, and magnetic fields. Instead of randomly integrating such single-molecule devices, a system for proactively utilizing the fluctuations and variations in the current signals will be orchestrated for the purpose of realizing signal processing by the cooperative actions of numerous molecules.
The focus in this field is on the promotion of the research through the “Planned Research” on the following research items, while public offerings will be made on the two-year studies on the topics. One-year studies will not be considered for public offering. Furthermore, we are not able to appoint any person to take part in such studies.
A rough standard established for the planned studies, accepted by the public offering of studies, is 16 studies with each having a subscribed amount of up to JPY2.5 million per unit fiscal year (one-year period).
The invitation will be extended far and wide, in fields such as synthetic chemistry, physical chemistry, condensed matter physics, surface science, theoretical and computational simulations, electronic engineering, and information science, to researchers with strong desires for studying single-molecule devices, new methods for molecule–electrode junction, methods for organizing single-molecule devices, as well as new cooperative phenomena achieved through molecular organization based on new principles.