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Tailoring the Fermi level of the leads in molecular-electronic devices

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Article number235412
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/2008
<mark>Journal</mark>Physical Review B
Number of pages6
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The dependence of the transport properties on the specific location of the Fermi level in molecular electronics devices is studied by using electrodes of different materials. The zero-bias transport properties are shown to depend dramatically on the elemental composition of the electrodes even though the shape of the transmission coefficients is very similar. By using alkaline materials it is possible to move the Fermi level from the highest occupied molecular orbital-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (HOMO-LUMO) gap to the LUMO resonance and change dramatically the length dependence of the conductance of molecular wires, which opens the possibility of using molecules with different lengths and very similar conductances in nanoscale circuits. This method shows how to dramatically increase the conductance of molecular devices and alter qualitatively and quantitatively their electronic and transport properties.