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Molecular electronics offers the potential for formation of radically new nanoscale electronic devices, with novel properties. A key challenge in the field lies in forming reliable electrical contacts to functional molecules (1-5 nanometre length scale) using techniques that could ultimately be compatible with manufacturing. We propose a hybrid approach for controlled assembly of molecular structures and networks between lateral contact electrodes (from nanometre to micron length scales) using metal nanocrystals as terminals or nodes connected by single functional molecules or biomolecules. The electrical characteristics of these structures and networks will be probed to demonstrate the potential for sensing and integration into a simple flow-cell format, ultimately targetting point-of-care applications in diagnostics.