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Electrical and mechanical properties of elongated gold-molecule-gold junctions formed by tolane-type molecules with different anchoring groups (pyridyl, thiol, amine, nitrile and dihydrobenzothiophene) were studied in current-sensing force spectroscopy experiments and density functional simulations. Correlations between forces, conductances and junction geometries demonstrate that aromatic tolanes bind between electrodes as single molecules or as weakly-conductive dimers held by mechanically-weak π-π stacking. In contrast with the other anchors that form only S-Au or N-Au bonds, the pyridyl ring also forms a highly-conductive cofacial link to the gold surface. Binding of multiple molecules creates junctions with higher conductances and mechanical strengths than the single-molecule ones.
Author(s): Yoshida K, Pobelov IV, Manrique DZ, Pope T, Mészáros G, Gulcur M, Bryce MR, Lambert CJ, Wandlowski T
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Scientific Reports
Online publication date: 11/03/2015
Acceptance date: 29/01/2015
Date deposited: 27/07/2017
ISSN (electronic): 2045-2322
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
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