Surface Ohmic Conductivity on a Mott Insulator Based on a One-dimensional Bromide-bridged Nickel(III) Complex

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Abstract

Ohmic contacts are of critical importance to improve the performance of semiconductor devices as well as those of low-dimensional materials. Halogen-bridged metal complexes (MX-Chains) are fascinating quasi-one-dimensional (1D) electronic materials. However, reports on the electrical characteristics of MX-Chains remain elusive. Herein, we report the electrical characteristics of single crystals of [Ni(chxn)2Br]Br2 (chxn: (1R,2R)-(−)-1,2-cyclohexanediamine), which is a 1D Mott insulator, using different probe arrangements. [Ni(chxn)2Br]Br2 was shown for the first time to exhibit Ohmic characteristics on the crystal surface, albeit that the conductivity behavior of the interior of the crystal is nonlinear due to the Joule heating effect. The current flow on the surface is shallow (a few micrometers in depth) despite the millimeter-scale crystal size; this phenomenon is strongly connected to its structural anisotropy. The Ohmic contact revealed in this work should be valuable for the application of MX-Chains as electronic devices in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2947-2951
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - An Asian Journal
Volume16
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Oct 4

Keywords

  • Halogen-bridged complex
  • Mott insulator
  • Nickel
  • One-dimension
  • Semiconductors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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