Correlational Effects of the Molecular-Tilt Configuration and the Intermolecular van der Waals Interaction on the Charge Transport in the Molecular Junction

Jaeho Shin, Kyungyeol Gu, Seunghoon Yang, Chul-Ho Lee, Takhee Lee, Yun Hee Jang, Gunuk Wang

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Molecular conformation, intermolecular interaction, and electrode-molecule contacts greatly affect charge transport in molecular junctions and interfacial properties of organic devices by controlling the molecular orbital alignment. Here, we statistically investigated the charge transport in molecular junctions containing self-assembled oligophenylene molecules sandwiched between an Au probe tip and graphene according to various tip-loading forces (FL) that can control the molecular-tilt configuration and the van der Waals (vdW) interactions. In particular, the molecular junctions exhibited two distinct transport regimes according to the FL dependence (i.e., FL-dependent and FL-independent tunneling regimes). In addition, the charge-injection tunneling barriers at the junction interfaces are differently changed when the FL ≤ 20 nN. These features are associated to the correlation effects between the asymmetry-coupling factor (η), the molecular-tilt angle (θ), and the repulsive intermolecular vdW force (FvdW) on the molecular-tunneling barriers. A more-comprehensive understanding of these charge transport properties was thoroughly developed based on the density functional theory calculations in consideration of the molecular-tilt configuration and the repulsive vdW force between molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4322-4330
Number of pages9
JournalNano Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 11



  • graphene
  • intermolecular van der Waals interaction
  • Molecular junction
  • molecular-tilt configuration
  • transition voltage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering

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