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Current-voltage measurements of metal-molecule-metal junctions formed from pi-conjugated thiols exhibit an inflection point on a plot of ln(I/V(2)) vs 1/V, consistent with a change in transport mechanism from direct tunneling to field emission. The transition voltage was found to scale linearly with the offset in energy between the Au Fermi level and the(More)
Nanoscopic tunnel junctions were formed by contacting Au-, Pt-, or Ag-coated atomic force microscopy (AFM) tips to self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of alkanethiol or alkanedithiol molecules on polycrystalline Au, Pt, or Ag substrates. Current-voltage traces exhibited sigmoidal behavior and an exponential attenuation with molecular length, characteristic of(More)
Using conducting probe atomic force microscopy (CP-AFM), we have formed molecular tunnel junctions consisting of alkanethiols and alkane isonitrile self-assembled monolayers sandwiched between gold, platinum, silver, and palladium contacts. We have measured the resistance of these junctions at low bias (dV/dI |V=0) as a function of alkane chain length.(More)
Though molecular devices exhibiting potentially useful electrical behavior have been demonstrated, a deep understanding of the factors that influence charge transport in molecular electronic junctions has yet to be fully realized. Recent work has shown that a mechanistic transition occurs from direct tunneling to field emission in molecular electronic(More)
Understanding electron transport in metal-molecule-metal (MMM) junctions is of great importance for the advancement of molecular electronics. Critical factors that determine conductivity in a MMM junction include the nature of metal-molecule contacts and the electronic structure of the molecular backbone. We have studied the electronic transport property(More)
Using inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) to measure the vibronic structure of nonequilibrium molecular transport, aided by a quantitative interpretation scheme based on Green's function-density functional theory methods, we are able to characterize the actual pathways that the electrons traverse when moving through a molecule in a molecular(More)
Alkanethiol tunnel junctions were studied using conducting-probe atomic force microscopy to determine causes of variability in measured resistance behavior. Measurements were made on Au/decanethiol/Au monolayer junctions, and effects of substrate roughness, tip chemistry, presence of solvent, extensive tip usage, applied load, and tip radius were examined.(More)
Determining the selection rules for the interaction of tunneling charge carriers with molecular vibrational modes is important for a complete understanding of charge transport in molecular electronic junctions. Here, we report the low-temperature charge transport characteristics for junctions formed from hexadecanethiol molecules having varying degrees of(More)
Four tetrathiol-terminated norbornane homologues were synthesized and self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of these molecules were formed on Au via adsorption from CH2Cl2. SAMs were characterized structurally via spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS), and X-ray(More)