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Title: Spatially resolved, substrate-induced rectification in C 60 bilayers on copper

Here, we demonstrate rectification ratios ( RR) of ≳1000 at biases of 1.3 V in bilayers of C 60 deposited on copper. Using scanning tunneling spectroscopy and first-principles calculations, we show that the strong coupling between C 60 and the Cu(111) surface leads to the metallization of the bottom C 60 layer, while the molecular orbitals of the top C60 are essentially unaffected. Due to this substrate-induced symmetry breaking and to a tunneling transport mechanism, the system behaves as a hole-blocking layer, with a spatial dependence of the onset voltage on intra-layer coordination. Together with previous observations of strong electron-blocking character of pentacene/C 60 bilayers on Cu(111), this work further demonstrates the potential of strongly hybridized, C 60-coated electrodes to harness the electrical functionality of molecular components.
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  1. Univ. of Central Lancashire, Preston (United Kingdom)
  2. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357; FG02-09ER16109
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Chemical Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 146; Journal Issue: 9; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-9606
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; scanning tunneling spectroscopy; Schottky; density functional theory; fullerene; rectification
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OSTI ID: 1349344