AbstractPolyoxovanadate anions immobilized on conducting substrates are promising candidates for molecule-based memory technologies. However, strong electronic interactions with the substrate and the formation of larger agglomerates remain bottlenecks on the way to their technical application. We demonstrate that ion soft-landing of mass selected cyclodextrin- functionalized hexavanadates enables to deposit these host-guest complexes as single memory units on surfaces without their quaternary ammonium countercations from solution. The cyclodextrin provides a stabilizing “shell” for the dianions. Multistate switching evidenced by the change in molecular resistance has been detected using scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy and attributed to reduction of individual vanadium (+V) centers.
Published: January 13, 2023