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Intrinsic Electronic Conduction Mechanisms in Self-Assembled Monolayers



Wenyong Wang, Takhee Lee


A review on the mechanisms and characterization methods of molecu- lar electronic transport is presented. Using self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of alkanethiols in a nanometer scale device structure, tunneling is unambiguously demonstrated as the main conduction mechanism for large bandgap SAMs, exhibit- ing well-known temperature and length dependencies. Inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy exhibits clear vibrational modes of the molecules in the device, pre- senting the ?rst direct evidence of the presence of molecules in a molecular device.
Introducing Molecular Electronics
Publisher Info
Springer, New York, NY


self-assembled monolayers, tunneling


Wang, W. and Lee, T. (2005), Intrinsic Electronic Conduction Mechanisms in Self-Assembled Monolayers, Springer, New York, NY, [online], (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created December 21, 2005, Updated February 19, 2017