2023-2024 / CHIM9233-1

Molecular logic


25h Th

Number of credits

 Master in physics, research focus (FAME+)2 crédits 
 Master in chemistry (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in chemistry (120 ECTS) (AMIS)2 crédits 
 Master in chemistry (120 ECTS) (FAME AIS)2 crédits 
 Master in physics (120 ECTS) (AMIS)2 crédits 
 Master in physics (120 ECTS) (FAME-AIS)2 crédits 
 Advanced Master in Nanotechnologies2 crédits 


Françoise Remacle

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course begins with an Introduction to classical Boolean logic and to quantum logic. Then, the different approaches aiming at implementing logic machines at the molecular level are reviewed : (i) Molecular electronics, (ii) Implementation of logic operation by software, (ii) Implementation of concatenated logic gates at the hadware level, (iii) quantum computing. Several concrete examples are discussed  : molecular combinations circuits, finite state molecular machines, implementation of search algorithms.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Fundamentals of
(i) Molecular logic Classical and quantal
(ii) Logic machines : Combinational circuits and finite state machines
(iii) Quantum computing
(iv) search algorithm

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic principles of quantum mechanics and of molecular physical chemistry

Planned learning activities and teaching methods


Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

The time table will be settled taking into the availability of the students.

Recommended or required readings

The pdf version of the courses is available on the 'my ulg' website

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Additional information:

Oral exam. Explain and comment an recent article devoted to molecular logic, chosen in a proposed selection.


Work placement(s)

non relevant

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Françoise Remacle, Département de Chimie, B6c

Association of one or more MOOCs