How Structural Defects Affect the Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Single Molecular Wires
M Koch and Z Li and C Nacci and T Kumagai and I Franco and L Grill, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 121, 047701 (2018).
We report how individual defects affect single graphene nanoribbons by scanning tunneling and atomic force microscopy pulling experiments simultaneously accessing their electrical and mechanical properties. The on-surface polymerization of the graphene nanoribbons is controlled by cooperative effects as theoretically suggested. Further, we find, with the help of atomistic simulations, that defects substantially vary the molecule-substrate coupling and drastically increase the flexibility of the graphene nanoribbons while keeping their desirable electronic properties intact.
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