Contact: Joseph Caspermeyer
Arizona State University
Caption: Above: A single molecule (blue) is held between a pair of gold electrodes (yellow) which are moved to left and right, stretching the molecule's length. Below: As the molecule is stretched, the Highest Occupied Molecular Orbitals (EHOMO) shift toward the Fermi level (EF) of the electrodes--region of maximum electrical conductance. The effect of the geometric change in the molecule as it is stretched is to lower the energy barrier required for electron transport.
Credit: The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University
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