According to some embodiments, the present invention provides a nanoelectronic device based on a nanostructure that may include a nanotube with first and second ends, a metallic nanoparticle attached to the first end, and an insulating nanoparticle attached to the second end. The nanoelectronic device may include additional nanostructures so a to form a plurality of nanostructures comprising the first nanostructure and the additional nanostructures. The plurality of nanostructures may arranged in a network comprising a plurality of edges and a plurality of vertices, wherein each edge comprises a nanotube and each vertex comprises at least one insulating nanoparticle and at least one metallic nanoparticle adjacent the insulating nanoparticle. The combination of at least one edge and at least one vertex comprises a diode. The device may be an optical rectenna.
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SPONSORSHIP
The present invention was made in part with United States Government support under a grant awarded by the Office of Naval Research, Grant No. N00014-04-1-0765 and the Department of Energy, Grant No. DE-FC36-05GO15073. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.