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Channel selective tunnelling through a nanographene assembly.

Wong, HS and Feng, X and Müllen, K and Chandrasekhar, N and Durkan, C (2012) Channel selective tunnelling through a nanographene assembly. Nanotechnology, 23. 095601-.

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Abstract

We report selective tunnelling through a nanographene intermolecular tunnel junction achieved via scanning tunnelling microscope tip functionalization with hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (HBC) molecules. This leads to an offset in the alignment between the energy levels of the tip and the molecular assembly, resulting in the imaging of a variety of distinct charge density patterns in the HBC assembly, not attainable using a bare metallic tip. Different tunnelling channels can be selected by the application of an electric field in the tunnelling junction, which changes the condition of the HBC on the tip. Density functional theory-based calculations relate the imaged HBC patterns to the calculated molecular orbitals at certain energy levels. These patterns bear a close resemblance to the π-orbital states of the HBC molecule calculated at the relevant energy levels, mainly below the Fermi energy of HBC. This correlation demonstrates the ability of an HBC functionalized tip as regards accessing an energy range that is restricted to the usual operating bias range around the Fermi energy with a normal metallic tip at room temperature. Apart from relating to molecular orbitals, some patterns could also be described in association with the Clar aromatic sextet formula. Our observations may help pave the way towards the possibility of controlling charge transport between organic interfaces.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Computer Simulation Electric Conductivity Electron Transport Equipment Design Equipment Failure Analysis Graphite Materials Testing Models, Chemical Models, Molecular Nanostructures Particle Size Semiconductors
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div B > Solid State Electronics and Nanoscale Science
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:29
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2014 14:51
DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/23/9/095601

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