Light-triggered self-construction of supramolecular organic nanowires as metallic interconnects

Vina Faramarzi, Frédéric Niess, Emilie Moulin, Mounir Maaloum, Jean François Dayen, Jean Baptiste Beaufrand, Silvia Zanettini, Bernard Doudin, Nicolas Giuseppone

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The construction of soft and processable organic material able to display metallic conduction properties - a large density of freely moving charges - is a major challenge for electronics. Films of doped conjugated polymers are widely used as semiconductor devices, but metallic-type transport in the bulk of such materials remains extremely rare. On the other hand, single-walled carbon nanotubes can exhibit remarkably low contact resistances with related large currents, but are intrinsically very difficult to isolate and process. Here, we describe the self-assembly of supramolecular organic nanowires between two metallic electrodes, from a solution of triarylamine derivative, under the simultaneous action of light and electric field triggers. They exhibit a combination of large conductivity values (>5 × 10 3 S m -1) and a low interface resistance (<2 × 10 -4 Ω m). Moreover, the resistance of nanowires in series with metal interfaces systematically decreases when the temperature is lowered to 1.5 K, revealing an intrinsic metallic behaviour.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)485-490
Number of pages6
JournalNature Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

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    Faramarzi, V., Niess, F., Moulin, E., Maaloum, M., Dayen, J. F., Beaufrand, J. B., Zanettini, S., Doudin, B., & Giuseppone, N. (2012). Light-triggered self-construction of supramolecular organic nanowires as metallic interconnects. Nature Chemistry, 4(6), 485-490.