Spin Transition in Arrays of Gold Nanoparticles and Spin Crossover Molecules
Journal article, 2015

We investigate if the functionality of spin crossover molecules is preserved when they are assembled into an interfacial device structure. Specifically, we prepare and investigate gold nanoparticle arrays, into which room-temperature spin crossover molecules are introduced, more precisely, [Fe(AcS-BPP)(2)](ClO4)(2), where AcS-BPP = (S)-(4-{[2,6-(dipyrazol-1-yl)pyrid-4-yl]ethynyl}phenyl)ethanethioate (in short, Fe(S-BPP)(2)). We combine three complementary experiments to characterize the molecule-nanoparticle structure in detail. Temperature-dependent Raman measurements provide direct evidence for a (partial) spin transition in the Fe(S-BPP)(2)-based arrays. This transition is qualitatively confirmed by magnetization measurements. Finally, charge transport measurements on the Fe(S-BPP)(2)-gold nanoparticle devices reveal a minimum in device resistance versus temperature, R(T), curves around 260-290 K. This is in contrast to similar networks containing passive molecules only that show monotonically decreasing R(T) characteristics. Backed by density functional theory calculations on single molecular conductance values for both spin states, we propose to relate the resistance minimum in R(T) to a spin transition under the hypothesis that (1) the molecular resistance of the high spin state is larger than that of the low spin state and (2) transport in the array is governed by a percolation model.

spin crossover molecules

molecular charge transport devices


gold nanoparticles


E. J. Devid

Leiden University

P. N. Martinho

University of Lisbon

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Venkata Kamalakar Mutta

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Quantum Device Physics

I. Salitros

Slovak University of Technology Bratislava

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

U. Prendergast

Dublin City University

J. F. Dayen

University of Strasbourg

V. Meded

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

T. Lemma

Dublin City University

R. Gonzalez-Prieto

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM)

F. Evers

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

T. E. Keyes

Dublin City University

M. Ruben

University of Strasbourg

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

B. Doudin

University of Strasbourg

S. J. van der Molen

Leiden University

ACS Nano

1936-0851 (ISSN) 1936-086X (eISSN)

Vol. 9 4 4496-4507

Subject Categories

Nano Technology



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