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Single-molecule conductance of dipyridines binding to Ag electrodes measured by electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy break junction

Xiao-Yi Zhou, Ya-Hao Wang, Han-Mei Qi, Ju-Fang Zheng, Zhen-Jiang Niu and Xiao-Shun Zhou*

Author Affiliations

Zhejiang Key Laboratory for Reactive Chemistry on Solid Surfaces, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua, Zhejiang 321004, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2014, 9:77  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-9-77

Published: 17 February 2014

Abstract

We have measured the conductance of three pyridyl-terminated molecules binding to Ag electrodes by using electrochemical jump-to-contact scanning tunneling microscopy break junction approach (ECSTM-BJ). Three molecules, including 4,4′-bipyridine (BPY), 1,2-di(pyridin-4-yl)ethene (BPY-EE), and 1,2-di(pyridin-4-yl)ethane (BPY-EA), contacting with Ag electrodes show three sets of conductance values, which follow the order of BPY > BPY-EE > BPY-EA. These values are smaller than those of molecules with Au electrodes, but larger than those of molecules with Cu electrodes. The difference may attribute to the different electronic coupling efficiencies between the molecules and electrodes. Moreover, the influence of the electrochemical potential on the Fermi level of electrodes is also discussed.

Keywords:
Sliver; Single-molecule junctions; STM-BJ; Charge transport; Electrochemistry