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Binary self-assembled monolayers: Apparent exponential dependence of resistance on average molecular length

Ilias Katsouras, Victor Geskin, Auke J. Kronemeijer, Paul W.M. Blom, Dago M. de Leeuw, Amsterdam (2011)

We investigate the electrical transport through mixed self-assembled monolayers of alkanemonothiols and alkanedithiols in large-area molecular junctions. To disentangle the role of the molecular length and the interfacial composition, monothiol–monothiol, dithiol–dithiol, and monothiol–dithiol binary combinations are studied. In all cases, we find that the resistance of these mixed SAMs appears to depend exponentially on the average number of carbon atoms, thus resembling monocomponent SAMs, whose resistance is known to depend exponentially on molecular length. However, in monocomponent SAMs this behavior has a single-molecule tunneling origin, which is not directly relevant for mixtures. Furthermore, in certain mixed SAMs the resistance decreases with increasing average layer thickness (the case of monothiol–dithiol systems). We suggest an explanation for the observed dependence of the resistance in the mixed SAMs on their composition within an equivalent circuit model based on a simple assumption concerning their microdomain structure. The simulated dependence is non-exponential but leads to a good agreement between calculated and measured resistances with only two fit parameters.

Partners : Philips, RuG, TNO, UMons

Place of Publication : Amsterdam

Date of Publication : 2011/03/05

Additional Data : Organic Electronics 12 (2011) 857–864

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