Tuning the Electronic Properties of Silicon via Molecular Self-Assembly

Noemi Zenou, Alexander Zelichenok, Shlomo Yitzchaik, Rami Cohen, David Cahen

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Control over the surface chemistry and physics of electronic and optical materials is essential for constructing devices and fine-tuning their performance. In the past few years we have started to explore the use of organic molecules for systematic modification of semiconductor surface electronic properties. In this paper, manipulation of silicon surfaces by self-assembly of various quinolinium-based chromophores is reported. The progress of the assembly process is monitored by XPS, UV-Vis, and FTIR spectroscopies as well as with surface wettability. The effect of the monolayer's dipole-moment on the Si surface potential and the interaction with surface states is monitored by CPD measurements. A pronounced effect of a sub-nanometer coupling-agent layer alone on the electron affinity and band-bending of Si was observed. We also show a way to modulate the Si work-function by tuning the dipole strength of the chromophore-containing organic, self-assembled monolayer and of its orientation with respect to the silicon surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-66
Number of pages10
JournalACS Symposium Series
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


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