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Gold–sulfur bond breaking in Zn(II) tetraphenylporphyrin molecular junctions


Quantized conductance measured from single tetraphenylporphyrin molecules with and without a central zinc(II) [Zn(II)] atom was measured using a molecular break junction (MBJ) method. From the conductance histograms we observed an additional 1.7 Å stretch for two-state conductance in a single Zn(II) tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP) molecule as compared to single state conductance in a free tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP) molecule, i.e., no central Zn(II) atom. First-principles density functional calculations, using an electrode–molecule–electrode model, are completed to provide insight into the mechanisms attributed to bond stretching, and eventual bond breaking, to better understand the additional 1.7 Å of stretching observed with ZnTPP.