Electronically Driven Single-Molecule Switch on Silicon Dangling Bonds
A. Nickel, T. Lehmann, J. Meyer, F. Eisenhut, R. Ohmann, D. A. Ryndyk, C. Joachim, F. Moresco, and G. Cuniberti
J. Phys. Chem. C 27027 120 (2016)
We demonstrate that a single 4-acetylbiphenyl molecule adsorbed along the dimer row of a Si(100)-(2 × 1) surface can be reversibly switched between two stable conformations using the tunneling current of a scanning tunneling microscope. The experiment supported by density functional theory calculations demonstrates that the molecule by switching selectively passivates and depassivates a dangling-bond pair on the silicon surface, opening new routes for the logical input in dangling-bond-based atomic-scale circuits.