Switching at the Nanoscale: Light- and STM-Tip-Induced Switch of a Thiolated Diarylethene Self-Assembly on Au(111)

Abstract : The light-induced and STM-tip-induced switching of photochromic thiol functionalized terphenylthiazole-based diarylethene self-assembly on Au(111) has been investigated in ambient conditions. For such a purpose, we took advantage of the formation of highly ordered domains of opened-ring (1o) or closed-ring (1c) diarylethene isomers. We evidenced a STM-tip-induced switching for the 1o isomer characterized by a tip bias threshold of 1000 mV above which switching of all molecules of the ordered 1o domains occurs into the 1c isomer. In contrast, switching from 1c form into 1o form is not observed at the same tunnelling conditions within a domain formed by ordered 1c molecules. We compared tip-induced switching of ordered 1o domains and switching of single 1o isomers embedded in 1c domains. This led to the demonstration that the process of switching of the 1o isomer is determined by geometry of the molecules but also that the stability of the switched 1c isomer depends on the nature of the surrounding isomers. We also compare tip-induced switching and switching under the action of external UV light irradiation of ordered 1o domains. In contrast with STM tip-induced switching, the UV light induces switching of 1o domains into their stable 1c form, in agreement with a collective switching under irradiation, which cannot occur under the action of STM tip.
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Sergii V. Snegir, Pei Yu, François Maurel, Oleksiy L. Kapitanchuk, Alexandr A. Marchenko, et al.. Switching at the Nanoscale: Light- and STM-Tip-Induced Switch of a Thiolated Diarylethene Self-Assembly on Au(111). Langmuir, American Chemical Society, 2014, 30 (45), pp.13556-13563. ⟨10.1021/la5029806⟩. ⟨hal-01207341⟩

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