Lanthanide Luminescence to Mimic Molecular Logic and Computing through Physical Inputs

Miguel A. Hernández-Rodríguez, Carlos D.S. Brites*, Guillermo Antorrena, Rafael Piñol, Rafael Cases, Lluïsa Pérez-García, Mafalda Rodrigues, José António Plaza, Nuria Torras, Isabel Díez, Angel Millán, Luís D. Carlos

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The remarkable advances in molecular logic reported in the last decade demonstrate the potential of luminescent molecules for logical operations, a paradigm-changing concerning silicon-based electronics. Trivalent lanthanide (Ln3+) ions, with their characteristic narrow line emissions, long-lived excited states, and photostability under illumination, may improve the state-of-the-art molecular logical devices. Here, the use of monolithic silicon-based structures incorporating Ln3+ complexes for performing logical functions is reported. Elementary logic gates (AND, INH, and DEMUX), sequential logic (KEYPAD LOCK), and arithmetic operations (HALF ADDER and HALF SUBTRACTOR) exhibiting a switching ratio >60% are demonstrated for the first time using nonwet conditions. Additionally, this is the first report showing sequential logic and arithmetic operations combining molecular Ln3+ complexes and physical inputs. Contrary to chemical inputs, physical inputs may enable the future concatenation of distinct logical functions and reuse of the logical devices, a clear step forward toward input–output homogeneity that is precluding the integration of nowadays molecular logic devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2000312
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jan 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • computing
  • lanthanide
  • luminescence
  • molecular logic
  • physical input

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