Single-Molecule Conductance Studies of Organometallic Complexes Bearing 3-Thienyl Contacting Groups

Sören Bock, Oday A. Al-Owaedi, Samantha G. Eaves, David C. Milan, Mario Lemmer, Brian W. Skelton, Henrry M. Osorio, Richard J. Nichols, Simon J. Higgins, Pilar Cea, Nicholas J. Long, Tim Albrecht, Santiago Martín, Colin J. Lambert, Paul J. Low

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The compounds and complexes 1,4-C6H4(C≡C-cyclo-3-C4H3S)2 (2), trans-[Pt(C≡C-cyclo-3-C4H3S)2(PEt3)2] (3), trans-[Ru(C≡C-cyclo-3-C4H3S)2(dppe)2] (4; dppe=1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane) and trans-[Ru(C≡C-cyclo-3-C4H3S)2(P(OEt)3)4] (5) featuring the 3-thienyl moiety as a surface contacting group for gold electrodes have been prepared, crystallographically characterised in the case of 3-5 and studied in metal|molecule|metal junctions by using both scanning tunnelling microscope break-junction (STM-BJ) and STM-I(s) methods (measuring the tunnelling current (I) as a function of distance (s)). The compounds exhibit similar conductance profiles, with a low conductance feature being more readily identified by STM-I(s) methods, and a higher feature by the STM-BJ method. The lower conductance feature was further characterised by analysis using an unsupervised, automated multi-parameter vector classification (MPVC) of the conductance traces. The combination of similarly structured HOMOs and non-resonant tunnelling mechanism accounts for the remarkably similar conductance values across the chemically distinct members of the family 2-5.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2133-2143
Number of pages11
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number9
Early online date16 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2017


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