Making contacts to single molecules: Are we there yet?

J. Tomfohr, G. K. Ramachandran, O. F. Sankey, Stuart Lindsay

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The problem of connecting two wires to a single molecule has several practical solutions, varying from break junctions, to gaps formed by controlled evaporation and self-assembled structures. Here, we focus on gold nanoparticle selfassembled junctions, and break junctions, two techniques that allow the number of molecules in the gap to be determined. We show that the nanoparticle junctions are affected by the electronic properties of the nanoparticles, and that corrections for these effects tend to bring the data into closer agreement with both break-junction measurements and ab initio calculations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIntroducing Molecular Electronics
EditorsGianaurelio Cuniberti, Klaus Richter, Giorgos Fagas
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Oct 4 2006

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Physics
ISSN (Print)0075-8450

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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