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Interaction Control Between Endohedral Metallofullerene and Metal Substrate by Introducing Alkanethiol Self-Assembled Monolayer

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Abstract:

The interaction control between endohedral metallofullerenes and a metal substrate has been demonstrated by introducing hexanethiol, octanethiol, and decanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) as the interlayer. We observe the electric properties of terbium endohedral metallofullerenes (Tb@C82) on alkanethiol SAMs with different chain lengths by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS). Based on the comparison of the high-resolution STM images of a Tb@C82 molecule on hexanethiol and octanethiol SAMs, the interaction between Tb@C82 and a hexanethiol SAM is found to be larger than that between Tb@C82 and an octanethiol SAM; this is because at 68 K, the rotational states of Tb@C82 terminate only on the hexanethiol SAM. Furthermore, we find that the tunneling current-voltage characteristics of Tb@C82 on the hexanethiol SAM show the rectifying effects that are also caused by the molecular energy level shifts of Tb@C82 molecules due to the large interaction.

Keywords: ALKANETHIOL SAM; ENDOHEDRAL METALLOFULLERENE; MOLECULAR NANOELECTRONICS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2006.034

Publication date: 2006-11-01

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