Formation and control of Ultrasharp metal/molecule interfaces by controlled immobilization of size-selected metal Nanoclusters onto organic molecular films

Masato Nakaya, Takeshi Iwasa, Hironori Tsunoyama, Toyoaki Eguchi, Atsushi Nakajima

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Abstract

The formation of metallic layers on ultrathin molecular films via a well-controlled interface is essential for constructing organic nanodevices composed of metal/molecule/metal sandwich junctions. The scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy studies demonstrate that an ultrasharp metal/molecule interface is realizable by depositing size-selected Ag nanoclusters (Agn) from the gas phase on few-layer films of C 60 molecules. It is also demonstrated that Agn nanoclusters can be immobilized on monolayer films of oligothiophene molecules via C60 molecules, although they three-dimensionally aggregate on bare oligothiophene films. It is also shown that electrons and holes are injected into the topmost layer of C60 films via the Ag n/C60 interface. Moreover, the barrier height for carrier injection at the Agn/C60 interface can be modified depending on the size of Agn nanoclusters and the kinetic energy during the deposition. The present results demonstrate that the controlled immobilization of metallic nanoclusters on molecular films can be used as a fabrication technology for metal/molecule/metal junctions. Metal/molecule heterojunctions are constructed by the controlled immobilization of size-selected Ag nanoclusters (Agn) from the gas phase on ultrathin C60 films. In such heterojunctions, electrons and holes can be precisely injected into the topmost C60 molecules in films via an atomically abrupt metal/molecule interface. The barrier height for carrier injection can be modified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1202-1210
Number of pages9
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Volume24
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Mar 5
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • STM
  • STS
  • fullerene
  • heterojunctions
  • metal nanoclusters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrochemistry

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