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We report electronic transport measurements of single-molecule transistor devices incorporating bipyridyl-dinitro oligophenylene-ethynylene dithiol (BPDN-DT), a molecule known to exhibit conductance switching in other measurement configurations. We observe hysteretic conductance switching in 8% of devices with measurable currents, and find that dependence of the switching properties on gate voltage is rare when compared to other single-molecule transistor devices. This suggests that polaron formation is unlikely to be responsible for switching in these devices. We discuss this and alternative switching mechanisms.
Keane, ZK, JW Ciszek, JM Tour, D Natelson. "Three-terminal devices to examine single molecule conductance switching" in Nano Letters 6(7), 2006. Authors' version available at arXiv:cond-mat/0605609v2.
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