Single-molecule conductance in a unique cross-conjugated tetra(aminoaryl)ethene†
A 1,1,2,2-tetrakis(4-aminophenyl)ethene with three paths of π-conjugation, linear-cis, linear-trans and a cross-conjugation, has been prepared. The molecule is able to bind to gold electrodes forming molecular junctions for single-molecule conductance measurements. Only two regimes of conduction are found experimentally. The modelling of the conductance allows to assign them to through-bond transmission in the linear case, while the cross-conjugated channel is further assisted by through-space transmission, partially alleviating the destructive quantum interference.