2010 Nano Letters

crossed-nwCrossed-nanowire molecular junctions: A new multi-spectroscopy platform for molecular conduction-structure correlations”, H. P. Yoon, M. M. Maitani, O. M. Cabarcos, L. Cai, T. S. Mayer, and D. L. Allara, Nano Letters 10 (8), 2897-2902, 2010.

1. Department of Electrical Engineering, 2. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and 3.Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

ABSTRACT. We report a crossed-nanowire molecular junction array platform that enables direct measurement of current-voltage-temperature characteristics simultaneously with inelastic electron tunneling and Raman vibrational spectra on the same junction. Measurements on dithiol-terminated oligo(phenylene-ethynylene) junctions show both spectroscopies interrogate the gap-confined molecules to reveal distinct molecular features. This versatile platform allows investigation of advanced phenomena such as molecular switching and cooperative effects with the flexible ability to scale both the junction geometries and array sizes.


2005 Nano Letters

inwire_OMAnReversible bistable switching in nanoscale thiol-substituted oligoaniline molecular junctions”, L. Cai, M. A. Cabassi, H. Yoon, O. M. Cabarcos, C. L. McGuiness, A. K. Flatt, D. L. Allara, J. M. Tour, and T. S. Mayer, Nano Letters 5 (12), 2365-2372, 2005.

1. Department of Electrical Engineering and Department of Chemistry and Materials Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
2. Department of Chemistry and Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice University, Houston, Texas 77005

ABSTRACT. Single molecular monolayers of oligoaniline dimers were integrated into sub-40-nm-diameter metal nanowires to form in-wire molecular junctions. These junctions exhibited reproducible room temperature bistable switching with zero-bias high- to low-current state conductance ratios of up to 50, switching threshold voltages of approximately ±1.5 V, and no measurable decay in the high-state current over 22 h. Such switching was not observed in similarly fabricated saturated dodecane (C12) or conjugated oligo(phenylene ethynylene) (OPE) molecular junctions. The low- and high-state current versus voltage was independent of temperature (10-300 K), suggesting that the dominant transport mechanism in these junctions is coherent tunneling. Inelastic electron tunneling spectra collected at 10 K show a change in the vibrational modes of the oligoaniline dimers when the junctions are switched from the low- to the high-current state. The results of these measurements suggest that the switching behavior is an inherent molecular feature that can be attributed to the oligoaniline dimer molecules that form the junction.