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Keywords:

  • Charge transport;
  • Electron transport;
  • Hole transport;
  • Organic conductors

Abstract

We compile, compare, and discuss experimental results on low-bias, room-temperature currents through organic molecules obtained in different electrode–molecule–electrode test-beds. Currents are normalized to single-molecule values for comparison and are quoted at 0.2 and 0.5 V junction bias. Emphasis is on currents through saturated alkane chains where many comparable measurements have been reported, but comparison to conjugated molecules is also made. We discuss factors that affect the magnitude of the measured current, such as tunneling attenuation factor, molecular energy gap and conformation, molecule/electrode contacts, and electrode material.