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Exploring Thermoelectric and Spintronic properties of Molecular Devices

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Project "TherSpinMol" data sheet

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Organization address
address: STEVINWEG 1
city: DELFT
postcode: 2628 CN

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 177˙598 €
 EC max contribution 177˙598 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-10-01   to  2019-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT NL (DELFT) coordinator 177˙598.00


 Project objective

The development of wearable and diffuse electronics has prompted a global need for converting heat into electrical power. This could be heat from reactors, the sun, or even the human body. Thermoelectric materials are ideal candidates, since they contain no moving parts, can be fabricated as thin films and are scalable. However, they currently see only niche application, owing to their very low efficiency. Bulk materials offer little room for progress: the ingredients to reach high efficiencies are mutually contradictory in the bulk. In contrast, theory clearly indicates that molecular nano-materials do not suffer from such constraints and may provide a solution. In TherSpinMol I will develop the first molecular thermoelectric devices ever, and, in a groundbreaking effort, I will establish the experimental foundations for molecular spin-caloritronics.

To this end I will explore the thermoelectric and Spintronic properties of molecular electronic nanodevices constituted by graphene bulk electrodes with a single molecule sandwiched in between. I will use a novel device architecture consisting of micro-heaters next to the device and different functional contact metals. By this means I get access to the thermoelectric and spin-calorimetric properties of cross-conjugated molecules, fullerenes and single-molecule-magnets with the final goal to explore the Seebeck and spin-Seebeck effect in those systems. Superconducting contacts will be used to measure the absolute spin-polarisation of the tunnel current through single-molecule-magnets. The project has fundamental and applicative significance, aiming at exploring both the physics background of Fano resonances and novel ways to create pure spin-currents and their perspective applicability for the reduction of energy consumption in logic elements and energy harvesting.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Pascal Gehring, Jos M. Thijssen, Herre S. J. van der Zant
Single-molecule quantum-transport phenomena in break junctions
published pages: 381-396, ISSN: 2522-5820, DOI: 10.1038/s42254-019-0055-1
Nature Reviews Physics 1/6 2020-03-23
2018 Achim Harzheim, Jean Spiece, Charalambos Evangeli, Edward McCann, Vladimir Falko, Yuewen Sheng, Jamie H. Warner, G. Andrew D. Briggs, Jan A. Mol, Pascal Gehring, Oleg V. Kolosov
Geometrically Enhanced Thermoelectric Effects in Graphene Nanoconstrictions
published pages: 7719-7725, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b03406
Nano Letters 18/12 2020-03-23
2019 J. de Bruijckere, P. Gehring, M. Palacios-Corella, M. Clemente-León, E. Coronado, J. Paaske, P. Hedegård, H. S. J. van der Zant
Ground-State Spin Blockade in a Single-Molecule Junction
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.197701
Physical Review Letters 122/19 2020-03-23
2019 Harzheim, Achim; sowa, Jakub K.; Swett, Jacob L.; Briggs, G. Andrew D.; Mol, Jan A.; Gehring, Pascal
The role of metallic leads and electronic degeneracies in thermoelectric power generation in quantum dots
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
arxiv 2 2020-03-23
2019 Pascal Gehring, Martijn van der Star, Charalambos Evangeli, Jennifer J. Le Roy, Lapo Bogani, Oleg V. Kolosov, Herre S. J. van der Zant
Efficient heating of single-molecule junctions for thermoelectric studies at cryogenic temperatures
published pages: 73103, ISSN: 0003-6951, DOI: 10.1063/1.5118861
Applied Physics Letters 115/7 2020-03-23
2019 Papadopoulos, Nikos; Gehring, Pascal; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; van der Zant, Herre S. J.; Steele, Gary A.
Tunneling spectroscopy of localized states of $mathrm{WS}_2$ barriers in vertical van der Waals heterostructures
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arxiv 1 2020-03-23
2018 Valentin Dubois, Shyamprasad N. Raja, Pascal Gehring, Sabina Caneva, Herre S. J. van der Zant, Frank Niklaus, Göran Stemme
Massively parallel fabrication of crack-defined gold break junctions featuring sub-3 nm gaps for molecular devices
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-05785-2
Nature Communications 9/1 2020-03-23
2018 Sabina Caneva, Pascal Gehring, Víctor M. García-Suárez, Amador García-Fuente, Davide Stefani, Ignacio J. Olavarria-Contreras, Jaime Ferrer, Cees Dekker, Herre S. J. van der Zant
Mechanically controlled quantum interference in graphene break junctions
published pages: 1126-1131, ISSN: 1748-3387, DOI: 10.1038/s41565-018-0258-0
Nature Nanotechnology 13/12 2020-03-23

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