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Molecular 'Click-tronics': Surface-based synthesis of single-molecule electronic components

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Project "MOLCLICK" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RUE DU THABOR 2
postcode: 35065

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 246˙668 €
 EC max contribution 246˙668 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2018-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE DE RENNES I FR (RENNES CEDEX) coordinator 246˙668.00
2    Columbia University in the City of New York US (NEW YORK) partner 0.00


 Project objective

How can single-molecules be best utilized in electronics? Feature sizes of integrated circuits will reach this scale in 10-20 years (Moore’s Law). Typical molecular studies involve surface self-assembled components first synthesised elsewhere (ex situ). Yet surface-based (in situ) preparations offer several distinct synthetic advantages – also simplifying the construction of otherwise difficult to prepare asymmetrical surface-bound motifs.

In this project I will (i) explore unconventional in situ syntheses of single-molecule electronic components, and (ii) develop scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) techniques to assess the success of chemical reactions at the single-molecule scale. High yielding and versatile (e.g. ‘Click’ ) reactions will prove invaluable in this context. My largely unexplored approach will be used to rapidly screen novel single-molecule diodes and wires, improving rectification ratios and conductance. It will also be applied to produce complex molecular ‘test-beds’, allowing electron transport to be probed through single-molecules orientated parallel to the surface (enabling studies of mechanically weak analytes). This research has broad application and far-reaching impact in data storage and computation (‘wiring-up’ molecules in circuits), and will open up exciting possibilities in sensing and catalysis.

Project results, and nano-science in general, will be actively promoted through a series of Outreach workshops, lectures (implemented in Europe) and a new internet blog, ‘Nanotechnology, Translated’ (contributing to the growing international science blogosphere). A planned secondment to the microelectronics industry will provide commercial and technical insights useful for securing funding and developing future technologies over the next two decades. The new collaborations and enhanced international profile, networks and training provided by this Fellowship will ultimately prove pivotal in helping me establish my independent academic career.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Evan A. Doud, Michael S. Inkpen, Giacomo Lovat, Enrique Montes, Daniel W. Paley, Michael L. Steigerwald, Héctor Vázquez, Latha Venkataraman, Xavier Roy
In Situ Formation of N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Bound Single-Molecule Junctions
published pages: 8944-8949, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b05184
Journal of the American Chemical Society 140/28 2019-08-30
2019 Giacomo Lovat, Evan A. Doud, Deyu Lu, Gregor Kladnik, Michael S. Inkpen, Michael L. Steigerwald, Dean Cvetko, Mark S. Hybertsen, Alberto Morgante, Xavier Roy, Latha Venkataraman
Determination of the structure and geometry of N-heterocyclic carbenes on Au(111) using high-resolution spectroscopy
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-6520, DOI: 10.1039/C8SC03502D
Chemical Science 2019-08-30
2017 Haixing Li, Marc H. Garner, Timothy A. Su, Anders Jensen, Michael S. Inkpen, Michael L. Steigerwald, Latha Venkataraman, Gemma C. Solomon, Colin Nuckolls
Extreme Conductance Suppression in Molecular Siloxanes
published pages: 10212-10215, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b05599
Journal of the American Chemical Society 139/30 2019-08-30
2017 Haixing Li, Timothy A. Su, María Camarasa-Gómez, Daniel Hernangómez-Pérez, Simon E. Henn, Vladislav Pokorný, Caravaggio D. Caniglia, Michael S. Inkpen, Richard Korytár, Michael L. Steigerwald, Colin Nuckolls, Ferdinand Evers, Latha Venkataraman
Silver Makes Better Electrical Contacts to Thiol-Terminated Silanes than Gold
published pages: 14145-14148, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201708524
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56/45 2019-08-30
2017 Roland Leber, Lucy E. Wilson, Peter Robaschik, Michael S. Inkpen, David J. Payne, Nicholas J. Long, Tim Albrecht, Cyrus F. Hirjibehedin, Sandrine Heutz
High-Vacuum Deposition of Biferrocene Thin Films on Room-Temperature Substrates
published pages: 8663-8669, ISSN: 0897-4756, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b02614
Chemistry of Materials 29/20 2019-08-30
2017 Oday A. Al-Owaedi, Sören Bock, David C. Milan, Marie-Christine Oerthel, Michael S. Inkpen, Dmitry S. Yufit, Alexandre N. Sobolev, Nicholas J. Long, Tim Albrecht, Simon J. Higgins, Martin R. Bryce, Richard J. Nichols, Colin J. Lambert, Paul J. Low
Insulated molecular wires: inhibiting orthogonal contacts in metal complex based molecular junctions
published pages: 9902-9912, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/C7NR01829K
Nanoscale 9/28 2019-08-30
2017 Michael S. Inkpen, Yann R. Leroux, Philippe Hapiot, Luis M. Campos, Latha Venkataraman
Reversible on-surface wiring of resistive circuits
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-6520, DOI: 10.1039/C7SC00599G
Chem. Sci. 2019-08-30

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