Quasi-ohmic single molecule charge transport through highly conjugated meso-to-meso ethyne-bridged porphyrin wires.
Understanding and controlling electron transport through functional molecules are of primary importance to the development of molecular scale devices. In this work, the single molecule resistances of meso-to-meso ethyne-bridged (porphinato)zinc(II) structures (PZn(n) compounds), connected to gold electrodes via (4'-thiophenyl)ethynyl termini, are determined using scanning tunneling microscopy-based break junction methods. These experiments show that each α,ω-di[(4'-thiophenyl)ethynyl]-terminated PZn(n) compound (dithiol-PZn(n)) manifests a dual molecular conductance. In both the high and low conductance regimes, the measured resistance across these metal-dithiol-PZn(n)-metal junctions increases in a near linear fashion with molecule length. These results signal that meso-to-meso ethyne-bridged porphyrin wires afford the lowest β value (β = 0.034 Å(-1)) yet determined for thiol-terminated single molecules that manifest a quasi-ohmic resistance dependence across metal-dithiol-PZn(n)-metal junctions.
Li, Z; Park, T-H; Rawson, J; Therien, MJ; Borguet, E
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