Unconventional Computing: A Boolean Chemical Perspective

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Elementary computing operations can be arranged within molecules so that problems in chemical, biochemical, and biological situations can be addressed. Problems that are found in small and/or living spaces, where the corresponding semiconductor logic devices cannot operate conveniently, are particularly amenable to this approach. The visualization and monitoring of intracellular species is one such category. Problems in medical diagnostics and therapy form additional categories. Chemists and biologists employ chemical synthesis and molecular biology techniques to build molecular logic devices. The photochemical approach to molecular logic devices is particularly prevalent. The fluorescent photoinduced electron transfer (PET) switching principle is particularly useful for designing logic functions into small molecules.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
EditorsJohn Webster
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780471346081
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • molecular logic;molecular sensing


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