Electrical conductance of single C60 and benzene molecules bridging between Pt electrode

Kiguchi, Manabu
August 2009
Applied Physics Letters;8/17/2009, Vol. 95 Issue 7, p073301
Academic Journal
The electrical conductance of single C60 and benzene molecules bridging between Pt electrodes was investigated at room temperature in ultrahigh vacuum. The conductance of the Pt/C60/Pt junction was 0.7 G0(2e2/h), which was close to that of the metal atomic contact. The single C60 molecular junction showed a high and fixed conductance value, by the direct binding of the C60 to the Pt electrodes without using anchoring group. The conductance of the Pt/C60/Pt junction decreased and its stability increased with the amount of deposited C60 molecule, which could be explained by the C60 adsorption on the stem part of the electrode. In contrast with the Pt/C60/Pt junction, the Pt/benzene/Pt junction did not show a fixed conductance value, reflecting the planar molecular shape.


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