Abstract

Single-molecule measurements are complicated by the noise associated with few-atom processes. To date, almost all of the measurements made that claim to be single-molecule have been made using gold electrodes, most often in a break-junction geometry. Gold is malleable and ductile and, when covered with a layer of thiolated molecules, almost liquid-like at its surface. An overview is given of break junctions, the self-assembled junctions developed in the lab and the nanoscale assembly of fixed gaps.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)727-733
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Chemical Education
Volume82
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2005

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