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Switching of Charge Transport Pathways via Delocalization Changes in Single-Molecule Metallacycles Junctions

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posted on 05.09.2017, 00:00 by Ruihao Li, Zhengyu Lu, Yuanting Cai, Feng Jiang, Chun Tang, Zhixin Chen, Jueting Zheng, Jiuchan Pi, Rui Zhang, Junyang Liu, Zhao-Bin Chen, Yang Yang, Jia Shi, Wenjing Hong, Haiping Xia
To explore the charge transport through metalla-aromatics building blocks, three metallacycles complexes were synthesized, and their single-molecule conductances were characterized by using mechanically controllable break junction technique. It is found that the conductance of the metallacycles junction with phosphonium group is more than 1 order of magnitude higher than that without phosphonium group. X-ray diffraction and UV–vis absorption spectroscopy suggested that the attached phosphonium group makes metallacycles more delocalized, which shortened the preferred charge transport pathway and significantly enhanced the single-molecule conductance. This work revealed that the delocalization of metalla-aromatics could be used to switch the charge transport pathway of single-molecule junctions and thus tune the charge transport abilities significantly.

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