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Unconventional Single-Molecule Conductance Behavior for a New Heterocyclic Anchoring Group: Pyrazolyl

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>20/09/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number18
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)5364-5372
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date30/08/18
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Electrical conductance across a molecular junction is strongly determined by the anchoring group of the molecule. Here we highlight the unusual behavior of 1,4-bis(1H-pyrazol-4-ylethynyl)benzene that exhibits unconventional junction current versus junction-stretching distance curves, which are peak-shaped and feature two conducting states of 2.3 × 10-4 G0 and 3.4 × 10-4 G0. A combination of theory and experiments is used to understand the conductance of single-molecule junctions featuring this new anchoring group, i.e., pyrazolyl. These results demonstrate that the pyrazolyl moiety changes its protonation state and contact binding during junction evolution and that it also binds in either end-on or facial geometries with gold contacts. The pyrazolyl moiety holds general interest as a contacting group, because this linkage leads to a strong double anchoring of the molecule to the gold electrode, resulting in enhanced conductance values. Copyright © 2018 American Chemical Society.