Single–molecule conductance measurements: Correlations between chemical design and electronic properties

Ignacio Olavarria Contreras

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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This thesis is about measurements of the electrical properties of different families of molecules. The research was focused on fundamental questions of charge transport in organic molecules. With this aim, experiments were performed to shed light on the underlying transport mechanisms. For example, an important ingredient of the work concerned the understanding of quantum interference effects in transport. On the other hand, several bio-inspired molecules were tested as electrical components revealing, for example, that with a certain chemical design a single-curcuminoid molecule act as a switch.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • van der Zant, H.S.J., Supervisor
  • Dulic, Diana, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date2 Jul 2018
Print ISBNs9789085933526
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • single-molecule electronics
  • conductance measurements
  • mechanically controlled break junction
  • quantum transport
  • curcuminoids
  • salen
  • carbon-gold bond


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