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The world of single molecule electronics is important because this is where computing is headed. Seriously Small Nanoscience explores almost unimaginably small matter in the range from 1 to 100 nanometers. This size range is often referred to as the nanoscale with a nanometer nm being a billionth of a meter. A red blood cell is about 7500 nm in diameter while the diameter of a human hair is roughly 80000 nm. Kim Lewis Associate Professor of Physics Applied Physics and Astronomy and winner of a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation has been researching this very small world in order to improve the movement of molecules through electronic systems. Such knowledge will exponentially increase the functionality and efficiency of the micro-devices that are increasingly determining how we live in the 21st century. Essentially Professor Lewis is studying how molecules conduct electricity. Not only how they can turn lights on or off but also how they store information. Does the molecule for instance change its geometry Can it keep its shape long enough to put information in and take it out Potentially such research could lead to mini machines that might be used to repair tissue or that have application in areas like surveillance where chemical sensors at the nanoscale level can be used to detect volatile organic compounds involved with chemical releases. Alex Buck 13 was part of the community of scientists working alongside Professor Lewis. An applied physics major now working as a Process Support Engineer at Applied Materials Buck held a paid research position in Lewis lab preparing solutions for samples and crunching data. The world of single molecule electronics is important because this is where computing is headed said Buck. With conventional electronics youre tied up with all kinds of limits because of size. Molecular electronics are a way around that. Micro-submarine in artery dedicated to discovery 26