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Title: Control over near-ballistic electron transport through formation of parallel pathways in a single-molecule wire
Author: Aragones, Albert C.
Darwish, Nadim
Ciampi, Simone
Jiang, Li
Roesch, Raphael
Ruiz Sabín, Eliseo
Nijhuis, Christian A
Diez-Perez, Ismael
Keywords: Electrònica molecular
Molecular electronics
Issue Date: 5-Dec-2018
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Abstract: Ferrocene (Fc) is a promising candidate for nanoscale molecular devices since it offers electronic functions due to its low-lying highest occupied molecular orbital and high chemical stability. This paper reports highly efficient coherent tunneling in single-molecule wires of oligo-ferrocenes with one to three Fc units. The Fc units were directly coupled to the electrodes, i.e. without chemical anchoring groups between the Fc units and the terminal electrodes. We found that a single Fc unit readily interacts with the metal electrodes of an STM-break junction (STM = scanning tunneling microscope) and that the zero voltage bias conductance of an individual Fc molecular junction increased 5-fold, up to 80% of the conductance quantum Go (77.4 µS), when the length of the molecular wire was increased from one to three connected Fc units. Our compendium of experimental evidences combined with non-equilibrium Green functions calculations contemplate a plausible scenario to explain the exceedingly high measured conductance based on the electrode/molecule contact via multiple Fc units. The oligo-Fc backbone is initially connected through all present Fc units and, as the molecular junction is pulled away, each Fc unit is sequentially disconnected from one of the junction terminals resulting in a number of distinct conductance features proportional to the number of Fc units in the backbone. The conductance values are independent of the applied temperature (-10 to 85C), which indicates that the mechanism of charge transport is coherent tunneling for all measured configurations. The measured conductance decrease agrees nicely with our transmission calculations and it is interpreted as the subtle decrease of the electrode/molecule coupling constant as a function of the molecular junction pulling distance. These measurements show the direct Fc-electrode coupling provides highly efficient molecular conduits with very low barrier for electron tunneling, and whose conductivity can be modulated near the ballistic regime.
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It is part of: Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2018, vol. 141, num. 9, p. 240-250
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ISSN: 0002-7863
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