Effects of Molecular Environments on the Electrical Switching with Memory of Nitro-Containing OPEs
VIRGINIA UNIV CHARLOTTESVILLE DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
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An oligo phenylene ethynylene OPE molecule with a nitro side group has exhibited electrical switching with memory and thus has potential for use in molecular electronic devices. However, different research groups have reported different electrical behaviors for this molecule. In addition to variations among test structures, differences in local molecular environments could be partially responsible for the differences in the reported results. Thus, we tested four variations of a nitro-OPE dodecanethiol monolayer in the same type of nanowell test device to study how the environment of the nitro-OPE affects the observed electrical behavior. We found that the density of the nitro-containing molecules in the device altered the observed electrical switching behavior. Further, we found a positive correlation between the disorder of the monolayer and the observed electrical switching behavior. This correlation is consistent with suggestions that nitro molecule switching may depend on a conformational change of the molecule, which may be possible only in a disordered monolayer.
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