The electron donor-acceptor tetrathiafulvalene-polychlorotriphenylmethyl (PTM) radical dyad, which shows a strong interplay between intra- and intermolecular charge transfer processes in solution, has been deposited by drop-casting on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite substrates, and its self-assembled structure has been investigated. Conducting atomic force microscopy revealed that the presence of a PTM radical in the molecules enhances the electrical conduction by almost two orders of magnitude and that this enhancement occurs in spite of the poor molecular orientation control achieved with drop-casting. Moreover, the study also reveals that the presence of a tetrathiafulvalene subunit in the deposited molecules can result in slightly asymmetric I-V curves.
Two-dimensional self-assembly and electrical properties of the donor-acceptor tetrathiafulvalene-polychlorotriphenylmethyl radical on graphite substrates
Judith Guasch, Núria Crivillers, Manuel Souto, Imma Ratera, Concepció Rovira, Paolo Samorì, Jaume Veciana; Two-dimensional self-assembly and electrical properties of the donor-acceptor tetrathiafulvalene-polychlorotriphenylmethyl radical on graphite substrates. J. Appl. Phys. 14 April 2019; 125 (14): 142909. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5065448
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