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Optically switchable molecular device using microspheres based junctions

V. Faramarzi, C. Raimondo, F. Reinders, M. Mayor, P. Samorì, B. Doudin, New York (2011)

Metallic planar electrodes are bridged using microspheres coated with chemisorbed azobenzene self-assembled monolayers. The circuit exhibits light-induced switching, with reproducibility over 90%, as statistically determined and compared to junctions incorporating photo-insensitive alkanethiol layers. Microsphere interconnects provide direct access to molecular transport properties, with reliability and stability, making multifunctional molecular electronics devices possible.

Partners : UdS

Place of Publication : New York

Date of Publication : 2011/12/05

Additional Data : Appl. Phys. Lett. 99, 233104 (2011); doi:10.1063/1.3665940 (3 pages)

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