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Conductance of 'bare-bones' tripodal molecular wires

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>28/06/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>RSC Advances
Issue number42
Volume8
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)23585-23590
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Controlling the orientation of molecular conductors on the electrode surfaces is a critical factor in the development of single-molecule conductors. In the current study, we used the scanning tunnelling microscopy-based break junction (STM-BJ) technique to explore 'bare-bones' tripodal molecular wires, employing different anchor groups (AGs) at the 'top' and 'bottom' of the tripod. The triarylphosphine tris(4-(methylthio)phenyl)phosphine and its corresponding phosphine sulfide showed only a single high conductance feature in the resulting 1- and 2-dimensional conductance histograms, whereas analogous molecules with fewer than three thiomethyl AGs did not show clear conductance features. Thus, by systematic molecular modifications and with the aid of supporting DFT calculations, the binding geometry, with respect to the surface, was elucidated.