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Physical Review Letters
Paper

Length-dependent thermal transport along molecular chains

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Abstract

We present heat-transport measurements conducted with a vacuum-operated scanning thermal microscope to study the thermal conductance of monolayers of nine different alkane thiols self-assembled on Au(111) surfaces as a function of their length (2 to 18 methylene units). The molecular thermal conductance is probed in a confined area with a diameter below 10 nm in the contact between a silicon tip and the self-assembled monolayer. This yields a pWK-1 sensitivity per molecule at a tip temperature of 200-300°C versus the gold at room temperature. We found a conductance variance of up to a factor of 3 as a function of alkane chain length, with maximum conductance for a chain length of four carbon atoms. © 2014 American Physical Society.

Date

08 Aug 2014

Publication

Physical Review Letters