Ferrocene-Based Nanoelectronics

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Ferrocene-based molecular components for nanoelectronics offer a number of distinct advantages relative to all carbon frameworks due to metal-centered molecular states that should be closer in energy to the Fermi levels of the metal electrodes in metal / molecule / metal heterojunctions. Given this, the overall goal of the project was to investigate the conduction physics of a variety of proposed ferrocene diode / transistor designs in order to address the fundamental question; can electron transport within nm-length scale structures be modulated in a controlled fashion? During the funded period, substantial progress towards achieving this goal was made by surmounting ... continued below

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Sita, Lawrence R. February 15, 2006.

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Ferrocene-based molecular components for nanoelectronics offer a number of distinct advantages relative to all carbon frameworks due to metal-centered molecular states that should be closer in energy to the Fermi levels of the metal electrodes in metal / molecule / metal heterojunctions. Given this, the overall goal of the project was to investigate the conduction physics of a variety of proposed ferrocene diode / transistor designs in order to address the fundamental question; can electron transport within nm-length scale structures be modulated in a controlled fashion? During the funded period, substantial progress towards achieving this goal was made by surmounting a number of scientific and technical obstacles. More specifically, a concise and general synthetic route to several mono- and diferrocene dithiols and monothiols was achieved that now allows for the directed and controlled assembly of a variety of metal / molecule /metal test structures for the single molecule conductance measurements and the fabrication of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on Au(111) that are amenable to quantitative electrochemical characterization of electron-transfer rates. Most importantly, by using an electromigrated test structure, reproducible I/V data for one of the ferrocene dithiol molecules have been collected which exhibit surprisingly high conductance. Exceptional agreement of this result with theory serves to substantiate the original hypothesis that metal-centered states within a molecular bridge can indeed serve to establish higher conductance relative to all-organic molecular bridges. Overall, the successful demonstration of the ability of ferrocene-molecular frameworks to serve as exceptional molecular conductors will play an important role in the continued evolution in design of molecular components for nanoelectronic devices, which in turn, will have a positive impact on the science and potential technologies associated with these systems.

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  • Report No.: Final Report
  • Grant Number: FG02-01ER15258
  • DOI: 10.2172/876179 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 876179
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc875399

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Sita, Lawrence R. Ferrocene-Based Nanoelectronics, report, February 15, 2006; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc875399/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.