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Issue 2, 2018
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Single-molecule junctions of π molecules

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A single-molecule junction, where a single molecule is connected to metal electrodes, has been investigated for potential device applications. π molecules have various functions, and thus, they are ideal molecules as active components of electronic devices. A single-molecule junction study can also reveal the intrinsic properties of a molecule without the effect of intermolecular interaction. Meanwhile, the molecule in the single-molecule junction can exhibit unconventional physical and chemical properties which are not observed in other phases (e.g. gases and bulk crystals), when a molecule strongly interacts with metal. Under the strong metal–molecule interaction, the single-molecule junction can be regarded as a new material including metal electrodes, and a double interface material. A single-molecule junction is, thus, a fascinating research target for a wide range of areas from application to fundamental science.

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The article was received on 04 Oct 2017, accepted on 31 Oct 2017 and first published on 01 Nov 2017

Article type: Chemistry Frontiers
DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00459A
Citation: Mater. Chem. Front., 2018,2, 214-218

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    Single-molecule junctions of π molecules

    Y. Komoto, S. Fujii and M. Kiguchi, Mater. Chem. Front., 2018, 2, 214
    DOI: 10.1039/C7QM00459A

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