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Keywords:

  • charge transfer;
  • conducting materials;
  • molecular electronics;
  • monolayers;
  • self-assembly
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Using molecules as individual components in electronic devices promises the ultimate in miniaturization coupled with the flexibility of organic synthesis to tune the individual component. Examination of metal/molecule/metal junctions (see figure) show that organic functionality has little effect on the conductivity and rectification behavior of molecular electronic junctions, thus questioning the possible tunability of molecular electronic devices.