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                                                 “Better than nothing?

The Search For Quantum Interference Based Single-molecule Insulators"





  Thursday, 19 Nov 2020

    Video-Recording for any system with MP4-support

   - Video.mp4  (ca.233 Mb)


 15:15 – 16:05





While there has been significant focus on making high-conductance molecular wires,

it is equally challenging to make extremely low conductance systems.

Here we present some of our efforts to find highly insulating molecules.

We have found the first molecule with clear suppression of the single-molecule

conductance due to what is known as s-interference. The interference effects in this

system are so significant that our calculations show that the central unit is more

insulating than a vacuum gap of the same dimensions. Through an extensive

investigation of a family of molecules we show that their transport properties can

largely be understood by considering these otherwise complex molecules as

constrained linear systems. Varying the constituent atoms between carbon, silicon,

and germanium, we now know that the majority of molecules in the so-called

bicyclo[2.2.2]octane class are likely to be highly insulating. Finally, we have recently

discovered the factors that can be critical for the appearance of such a significant

destructive interference.


Speaker today:    Gemma C. Solomon

(University Copenhagen, Nano-Science Center and Department of Chemistry)


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