Chemical control over the energy-level alignment in a two-terminal junction

Li Yuan, Carlos Franco, Nuria Crivillers, Marta Mas-Torrent, Liang Cao, C. S. Suchand Sangeeth, Concepcio Rovira, Jaume Veciana*, Christian A. Nijhuis*

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Abstract

The energy-level alignment of molecular transistors can be controlled by external gating to move molecular orbitals with respect to the Fermi levels of the source and drain electrodes. Two-terminal molecular tunnelling junctions, however, lack a gate electrode and suffer from Fermi-level pinning, making it difficult to control the energy-level alignment of the system. Here we report an enhancement of 2 orders of magnitude of the tunnelling current in a two-terminal junction via chemical molecular orbital control, changing chemically the molecular component between a stable radical and its non-radical form without altering the supramolecular structure of the junction. Our findings demonstrate that the energy-level alignment in self-assembled monolayer-based junctions can be regulated by purely chemical modifications, which seems an attractive alternative to control the electrical properties of two-terminal junctions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number12066
JournalNature communications
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

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