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Space charge-limited current transport mechanism in crossbar junction embedding molecular spin crossovers

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Spin crossover complexes are among the most studied classes of molecular switches and have attracted considerable attention for their potential technological use as active units in multifunctional devices. A fundamental step toward their practical implementation is the integration in macroscopic devices adopting hybrid vertical architectures. First, the physical properties of technological interest shown by these materials in the bulk phase have to be retained once they are deposited on a solid surface. Herein, we describe the study of a hybrid molecular inorganic junction embedding the spin crossover complex [Fe(qnal)2] (qnal = quinoline-naphthaldehyde) as an active switchable thin film sandwiched within energy-optimized metallic electrodes. In these junctions, developed and characterized with the support of state of the art techniques including synchrotron Mössbauer source (SMS) spectroscopy and focused-ion beam scanning transmission electron microscopy, we observed that the spin state conversion of the Fe(II)-based spin crossover film is associated with a transition from a space charge-limited current (SCLC) transport mechanism with shallow traps to a SCLC mechanism characterized by the presence of an exponential distribution of traps concomitant with the spin transition temperature.
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hal-02906236 , version 1 (17-09-2020)

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Giuseppe Cucinotta, Lorenzo Poggini, Niccolò Giaconi, Alberto Cini, Mathieu Gonidec, et al.. Space charge-limited current transport mechanism in crossbar junction embedding molecular spin crossovers. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2020, 12 (28), pp.31696-31705. ⟨10.1021/acsami.0c07445⟩. ⟨hal-02906236⟩
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