Electrical conduction measurements were made on two extreme types of directly linked porphyrin arrays by using nanoelectrodes. One type is the directly linked Zn(II)porphyrin arrays, consisting of 48 Zn(II)porphyrin moieties (Z48), and the other type is the completely flat, tape-shaped Zn(II)porphyrin arrays, consisting of eight Zn(II)porphyrin units (T8). The I-V curve for Z48 exhibits the diode-like behavior and the hysteresis depending on the voltage sweep direction presumably due to the conformational heterogeneity arising from the dihedral angle distribution in Z48. On the other hand, the I-V curve for T8 is nearly symmetric without any hysteresis, leading to the higher conductivity and the smaller band gap. These results illustrate that the stronger π-electron conjugation in T8, as compared with that of Z48, results in better electrical conduction.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry