Figure 1 (IMAGE) Arizona State University Caption Above: A single molecule (blue) is held between a pair of gold electrodes (yellow) which are moved to left and right, stretching the molecule’s length. Below: As the molecule is stretched, the Highest Occupied Molecular Orbitals (EHOMO) shift toward the Fermi level (EF) of the electrodes—region of maximum electrical conductance. The effect of the geometric change in the molecule as it is stretched is to lower the energy barrier required for electron transport. Credit The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.