Molecular Electronics on Silicon: An Ultrahigh Vacuum Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Study

Nathan P. Guisinger, Rajiv Basu, Andrew S. Baluch, Mark C Hersam

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Abstract

An ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscope (STM) was employed as a tool to characterize two distinct molecular electronic strategies on the Si(100) surface. Initially, the self-directed growth of one-dimensional styrene molecular chains on hydrogen-passivated Si(100) was investigated. High-resolution empty states imaging of these styrene nanostructures confirms alignment of phenyl groups along the chain. However, attempts at STM charge transport measurements were limited by tip induced desorption of styrene molecules. Consequently, an alternative oxygen radical chemistry was also investigated. In particular, the chemical adsorption of 2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-1- piperidinyloxy (TEMPO) onto clean Si(100) leads to the formation of an exceptionally stable silicon-oxygen bond that can withstand high bias charge transport measurements up to ±5 volts. Direct charge transport measurements through individual TEMPO molecules on degenerately n-type doped Si(100) reveal room temperature negative differential resistance behavior for negative sample biases exceeding -3 volts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-234
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume1006
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003

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Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy
Molecular electronics
Styrene
Ultrahigh vacuum
Scanning tunneling microscopy
Silicon
Vacuum
Charge transfer
Microscopes
Scanning
Molecules
Nanostructures
Adsorption
Hydrogen
Reactive Oxygen Species
Desorption
Oxygen
Imaging techniques
Temperature
Growth

Keywords

  • Charge transport measurements
  • Molecular electronics
  • Molecular wires
  • Negative differential resistance
  • Organic nanostructures
  • Self-directed growth
  • Silicon
  • Styrene
  • TEMPO
  • Ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Molecular Electronics on Silicon : An Ultrahigh Vacuum Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Study. / Guisinger, Nathan P.; Basu, Rajiv; Baluch, Andrew S.; Hersam, Mark C.

In: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 1006, 12.2003, p. 227-234.

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