Impact of device design on the electronic and optoelectronic properties of integrated Ru-terpyridine complexes

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Beilstein Arch. 2021, 202178.

Published 11 Nov 2021



The performance of nanoelectronic and molecular electronic devices relies strongly on the employed functional units and their addressability, which is often a matter of appropriate interfaces and device design. Here, we compare two promising designs to build up solid-state electronic devices utilizing the same functional unit. Optically addressable Ru-terpyridine complexes were incorporated in supramolecular wires or employed as ligands of gold nanoparticles and contacted by nanoelectrodes. The resulting small area nanodevices were thoroughly electrically characterized as a function of temperature and light exposure. Differences in the resulting device conductance could be attributed to the device design and the respective transport mechanism: thermally activated hopping conduction in case of Ru-terpyridine wire devices or sequential tunneling in nanoparticle-based devices. Furthermore, the conductance switching of nanoparticle-based devices upon 530 nm irradiation was attributed to plasmon-induced metal-to-ligand charge-transfer in the Ru-terpyridine complexes used as switching ligands. Finally, our results reveal a superior device performance of nanoparticle-based devices compared to molecular wire devices based on Ru-terpyridine complexes as functional units.

Keywords: Conductance switching; gold nanoparticles; nanoelectronic devices; optical addressing; Ru-terpyridine wires

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Mennicken, M.; Peter, S. K.; Kaulen, C.; Simon, U.; Karthäuser, S. Beilstein Arch. 2021, 202178. doi:10.3762/bxiv.2021.78.v1

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