Interface-Engineered Charge-Transport Properties in Benzenedithiol Molecular Electronic Junctions via Chemically p-Doped Graphene Electrodes

Yeonsik Jang, Sung Joo Kwon, Jaeho Shin, Hyunhak Jeong, Wang Taek Hwang, Junwoo Kim, Jeongmin Koo, Taeg Yeoung Ko, Sunmin Ryu, Gunuk Wang, Tae Woo Lee, Takhee Lee

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In this study, we fabricated and characterized vertical molecular junctions consisting of self-assembled monolayers of benzenedithiol (BDT) with a p-doped multilayer graphene electrode. The p-type doping of a graphene film was performed by treating pristine graphene (work function of ∼4.40 eV) with trifluoromethanesulfonic (TFMS) acid, producing a significantly increased work function (∼5.23 eV). The p-doped graphene-electrode molecular junctions statistically showed an order of magnitude higher current density and a lower charge injection barrier height than those of the pristine graphene-electrode molecular junctions, as a result of interface engineering. This enhancement is due to the increased work function of the TFMS-treated p-doped graphene electrode in the highest occupied molecular orbital-mediated tunneling molecular junctions. The validity of these results was proven by a theoretical analysis based on a coherent transport model that considers asymmetric couplings at the electrode-molecule interfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42043-42049
Number of pages7
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec 6

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was accomplished through the financial support from the National Research Foundation of Korea: grant no. 2012026372 (National Creative Research Laboratory Program), 2014H1A2A1021528 (Global PhD Fellowship), 2016R1A3B1908431, and 2016R1C1B2007330.


  • benzenedithiol (BDT)
  • charge transport
  • coherent transport model
  • graphene doping
  • interface engineering
  • molecular electronics
  • self-assembled monolayer
  • transition voltage spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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