### Session X34: Focus Session: Nano VI: Junctions and Transport

2:30 PM–5:30 PM, Thursday, March 1, 2012
Room: 107A

Chair: Shiv Khanna, Virginia Commonwealth University and Gabor Somorjai, UC Berkeley

Abstract ID: BAPS.2012.MAR.X34.2

### Abstract: X34.00002 : Reliable anchoring groups for single-molecule junctions

2:42 PM–2:54 PM

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#### Authors:

M. Teresa Gonz\'alez
(IMDEA-Nanoscience)

Edmund Leary
(IMDEA-Nanoscience)

Charalambos Evangeli
In the field of molecular electronics, thiols have been extensively used as the most common anchoring groups to bind molecules to gold electrodes. However, other anchoring groups as amines can provide interesting advantages. Recently, C$\-{60}$ has been also proposed as a possible very efficient binding group. In this talk, I will present our studies on molecular junctions formed by thiol-, amine-, and C$\-{60}$-terminated molecules. We use a STM (scanning tunneling microscope) break-junction technique to create and characterized single-molecule junctions both in ambient and liquid environment. We compare thiols and amines on the alkane family and an oligo(phenylene ethynylene). Our study of the molecular-junction stretching length allows us to conclude that thiols affect atomic rearrangement at the electrodes significantly more than amines. Using C$\-{60}$-terminated molecules, we have recently introduced a new technique for controllably wiring one molecule at a time. We first get STM images to located isolated molecules on a gold substrate, which are then specifically targeted and contacted using a STM gold tip. This technique offers a significant improvement over other techniques, as it guaranties that one and only one molecule is contacted at a time between the electrodes.