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Micromachines 2018, 9(2), 67;

Investigation on Single-Molecule Junctions Based on Current–Voltage Characteristics

Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1 W4-10 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8551, Japan
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Received: 15 January 2018 / Revised: 30 January 2018 / Accepted: 31 January 2018 / Published: 2 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Atomic and Molecular Junction for Molecular Electronic Devices)
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The relationship between the current through an electronic device and the voltage across its terminals is a current–voltage characteristic (IV) that determine basic device performance. Currently, IV measurement on a single-molecule scale can be performed using break junction technique, where a single molecule junction can be prepared by trapping a single molecule into a nanogap between metal electrodes. The single-molecule IVs provide not only the device performance, but also reflect information on energy dispersion of the electronic state and the electron-molecular vibration coupling in the junction. This mini review focuses on recent representative studies on IVs of the single molecule junctions that cover investigation on the single-molecule diode property, the molecular vibration, and the electronic structure as a form of transmission probability, and electronic density of states, including the spin state of the single-molecule junctions. In addition, thermoelectronic measurements based on IVs and identification of the charged carriers (i.e., electrons or holes) are presented. The analysis in the single-molecule IVs provides fundamental and essential information for a better understanding of the single-molecule science, and puts the single molecule junction to more practical use in molecular devices. View Full-Text
Keywords: single-molecule junction; current–voltage characteristics; atomic and electronic structure; vibrational mode; spin state single-molecule junction; current–voltage characteristics; atomic and electronic structure; vibrational mode; spin state

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Isshiki, Y.; Matsuzawa, Y.; Fujii, S.; Kiguchi, M. Investigation on Single-Molecule Junctions Based on Current–Voltage Characteristics. Micromachines 2018, 9, 67.

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