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Title: Atomic study of molecular wires composed of thiophene oligomers
Authors: Bai, P.
Li, E.P.
Ong, E.A.
Collier, P.
Loh, K.P. 
Issue Date: Jun-2007
Citation: Bai, P., Li, E.P., Ong, E.A., Collier, P., Loh, K.P. (2007-06). Atomic study of molecular wires composed of thiophene oligomers. Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science 204 (6) : 1876-1881. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this paper, we study the electron conductance of thiophene oligomers based molecular wires through atomic structures using the first principles method based on density functional theory and nonequilibrium Green's function. The molecular wires are built by sandwiching various thiophene oligomers between two metal electrodes via terminal groups at atomic levels. The effects of alkyl substituents on the thiophene oligomers are modelled by varying inter-ring angles of the oligomers. Thiophene dimers, tetramers and hexamers are used to studied thiophene size effects. The projected orbitais, energy gaps, transmission functions and current-voltage characteristics of the molecular wires are calculated and analyzed. Results show that the molecular wires with the planar structures of thiophene oligomers have larger electron transmission functions, hence better electronic conductance than those with twist structures. The conductance of molecular wires decreases when the chain length of the thiophene oligomer increases. The results can provide guidance for design of thiophene molecular electronic wires and other devices. © 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
Source Title: Physica Status Solidi (A) Applications and Materials Science
ISSN: 18626300
DOI: 10.1002/pssa.200675302
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