Electromechanical and conductance switching properties of single oligothiophene molecules

Bingqian Q. Xu, Xiulan L. Li, Xiaoyin Y. Xiao, Hiroshi Sakaguchi, Nongjian Tao

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We have studied the electron transport and electromechanical properties of single oligothiophenes with three and four thiophene repeating units covalently linked to two Au electrodes. The four-repeating unit molecule is found to be more conductive than the three-repeating unit molecule. This unusual length dependence is due to the different electronic states of the molecules. Both molecules can be switched reversibly between a high and low conducting state by oxidizing and reducing the molecules using an electrochemical gate. The conductance of the molecules decreases upon stretching, which is attributed to a force-induced increase in the HOMO-LUMO gap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1491-1495
Number of pages5
JournalNano Letters
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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