Molecular rectifiers based on donor/acceptor assemblies: effect of orientation of the components' magnetic moments.

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Nanoscale, 2013, 5 (14), pp. 6518 - 6524
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In forming donor/acceptor assemblies that act as molecular rectifiers, we have introduced magnetic organic molecules as electron-donating and electron-accepting moieties. We have oriented the magnetic moment of the donor and acceptor components separately and immobilized them (and their moments) so that the molecular assemblies that act as rectifiers could be formed with moments mutually parallel or anti-parallel to each other. We have characterized the molecular assemblies formed on an electrode with a scanning tunneling microscope tip. Such donor/acceptor assemblies with a control over the orientation of moments of the components provided unique systems to study the effect of the nature of alignment on molecular rectifiers. We have observed that the rectification ratio increased in junctions with moments of the components being parallel to each other. The improvement in the rectification ratio has been explained in terms of an efficient electron-transfer process in a moment-aligned junction between the donor and acceptor moieties.
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