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Connectivity dependent thermopower of bridged biphenyl molecules in single-molecule junctions

Grace, Iain M.; Olsen, Gunnar; Hurtado-Gallego, Juan; Rincón-García, Laura; Rubio-Bollinger, Gabino; Bryce, Martin R.; Agraït, Nicolás; Lambert, Colin J.

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Authors

Iain M. Grace

Gunnar Olsen

Juan Hurtado-Gallego

Laura Rincón-García

Gabino Rubio-Bollinger

Nicolás Agraït

Colin J. Lambert



Abstract

We report measurements on gold|single-molecule|gold junctions, using a modified scanning tunneling microscope-break junction (STM-BJ) technique, of the Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductance of a series of bridged biphenyl molecules, with meta connectivities to pyridyl anchor groups. These data are compared with a previously reported study of para-connected analogues. In agreement with a tight binding model, the electrical conductance of the meta series is relatively low and is sensitive to the nature of the bridging groups, whereas in the para case the conductance is higher and relatively insensitive to the presence of the bridging groups. This difference in sensitivity arises from the presence of destructive quantum interference in the π system of the unbridged aromatic core, which is alleviated to different degrees by the presence of bridging groups. More precisely, the Seebeck coefficient of meta-connected molecules was found to vary between −6.1 μV K−1 and −14.1 μV K−1, whereas that of the para-connected molecules varied from −5.5 μV K−1 and −9.0 μV K−1.

Citation

Grace, I. M., Olsen, G., Hurtado-Gallego, J., Rincón-García, L., Rubio-Bollinger, G., Bryce, M. R., …Lambert, C. J. (2020). Connectivity dependent thermopower of bridged biphenyl molecules in single-molecule junctions. Nanoscale, 12(27), 14682-14688. https://doi.org/10.1039/d0nr04001k

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 26, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 27, 2020
Publication Date 2020-07
Deposit Date Aug 5, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 5, 2020
Journal Nanoscale
Print ISSN 2040-3364
Electronic ISSN 2040-3372
Publisher Royal Society of Chemistry
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 27
Pages 14682-14688
DOI https://doi.org/10.1039/d0nr04001k

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