Nano Research

, Volume 4, Issue 12, pp 1199–1207 | Cite as

An electrochemically assisted mechanically controllable break junction approach for single molecule junction conductance measurements

  • Yang Yang
  • Zhaobin Chen
  • Junyang Liu
  • Miao Lu
  • Dezhi Yang
  • Fangzu Yang
  • Zhongqun Tian
Research Article


We report an electrochemically assisted mechanically controllable break junction (EC-MCBJ) approach to investigating single molecule conductance. Electrode pairs connected with a gold nanobridge were fabricated by electrochemical deposition and then mounted on a homebuilt MCBJ platform. A large number of Au- molecule-Au junctions were produced sequentially by repeated breaking and reconnecting of the gold nanobridge. In order to measure their single molecule conductance, statistical conductance histograms were generated for benzene-1,4-dithiol (BDT) and 4,4′-bipyridine (BPY). The values extracted from these histograms were found to be in the same range as values previously reported in the literature. Our method is distinct from the ones used to acquire these previously reported literature values, however, in that it is faster, simpler, more cost-effective, and changing the electrode material is more convenient. Open image in new window


Single molecule junction conductance kelectrochemical deposition kmechanically controlled break junction (MCBJ) benzene-1,4-dithiol kbipyridine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yang Yang
    • 1
  • Zhaobin Chen
    • 1
  • Junyang Liu
    • 1
  • Miao Lu
    • 2
  • Dezhi Yang
    • 1
  • Fangzu Yang
    • 1
  • Zhongqun Tian
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces and Department of Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringXiamen UniversityXiamenChina
  2. 2.Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems Research Center, Pen-Tung Sah Micro-Nano Technology InstituteXiamen UniversityXiamenChina

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