Solid State Dilution Controls Marcus Inverted Transport in Rectifying Molecular Junctions

Hungu Kang, Gyu Don Kong, Hyo Jae Yoon

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Traditional Marcus theory accounts for electron transfer reactions in solutions, and the polarity of solvent molecule matters for them. How such an environment polarity affects electron transfer reactions in solid-state devices, however, remains uncertain. This paper describes how the Marcus inverted charge transport is influenced by solid-state molecular dilution in large-area tunneling junctions. A monolayer of 2,2′-bipyridyl terminated n-alkanethiolate (SC11BIPY), which rectifies currents via electron hopping within the inverted regime, is diluted with n-alkanethiolate (SCn) of different lengths (n = 8, 10, or 18) or at different surface mole fractions. The dilution introduces nonpolar environments within the monolayer, hinders stabilization of charged BIPY species upon electron hopping, and pushes the equilibrium of BIPY ⇄ BIPY•- process toward the reverse direction. Our work demonstrates that solid-state molecular dilution permits systematic control of the environment polarity of active component in nanoscale devices, much like solvent polarity control in solution, and their performances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)982-988
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan 28

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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