Electrode-molecule interface effects on molecular conductance

P. Tarakeshwar, J. J. Palacios, Dae M. Kim

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The interaction of an organic molecule with metal electrodes possessing various work functions and atomic species is investigated by ab initio calculations. The results indicate that the chemical nature of the atomic species of the electrode and interface geometry elicit significant changes in both the physical structure and electronic properties at distances as great as 1 nm from the interface. Also, the metal electrodes having similar work functions contacting the same molecule give rise to different transmission profiles, thereby leading to widely varying I-V characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4610966
Pages (from-to)16-21
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Interface phenomena
  • Molecular electronics
  • Quantum wires
  • Schottky contacts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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