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We describe the synthesis of a novel biphenyl azobenzene derivative exhibiting: (i) a protected thiol anchoring group in the α-position to readily form self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on Au surfaces; and (ii) a terminal perfluorinated benzene ring in the ω-position to modify the surface properties. The design of this molecule ensured both an efficient in situ photoswitching between the trans and cis isomers when chemisorbed on Au(111), due to the presence of a biphenyl bridge between the thiol protected anchoring group and the azo dye, and a significant variation of the work function of the SAM in the two isomeric states, induced by the perfluorinated phenyl head group. By exploiting the light responsive nature of the chemisorbed molecules, it is possible to dynamically modify in situ the work function of the SAM-covered electrode, as demonstrated both experimentally and by quantum-chemical calculations …
Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2014

Appan Merari Masillamani, Silvio Osella, Andrea Liscio, Oliver Fenwick, Federica Reinders, Marcel Mayor, Vincenzo Palermo, Jérôme Cornil, Paolo Samorì

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Volume: 6 Issue: 15 Pages: 8969-8977