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

Bock, Soren and Al-Owaedi, Oday A. and Eaves, Samantha G. and Milan, David C. and Lemmer, Mario and Skelton, Brian W. and Osorio, Henrry M. and Nichols, Richard J. and Higgins, Simon J. and Cea, Pilar and Long, Nicholas J. and Albrecht, Tim and Martin, Santiago and Lambert, Colin J. and Low, Paul J. (2017) Single-Molecule Conductance Studies of Organometallic Complexes Bearing 3-Thienyl Contacting Groups. Chemistry - A European Journal, 23 (9). pp. 2133-2143. ISSN 0947-6539

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The compounds and complexes 1,4-C6H4(C Ccyclo-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-3C(4)H(3)S) (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.

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