Modification of Electrode Interfaces with Nanosized Materials for Electronic Applications

  • Yoshinori YamanoiEmail author
  • Mariko Miyachi
  • Hiroshi Nishihara
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Atom and Single Molecule Machines book series (AASMM)


This chapter summarizes research progress in the immobilization of metal nanoparticles, nanosized organic and complex molecules, and biological molecules on electrode surfaces with an emphasis on our recent study. Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) are an excellent model system to study the binding of molecular-sized objects on surfaces. They are a simple, effective, and highly versatile method for modifying various surfaces with different nanosized molecules at the molecular level with precise control. Detailed structural information about the structure of SAMs has been obtained using UV/vis spectroscopy, ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and electrochemistry. The use of these modified surfaces in photovoltaic devices and in nanotechnology is also discussed in this chapter. Molecular-level approaches to modifying electrode surfaces are central to molecular nanotechnology, which is likely to become an important field in the near future.


Surface immobilization Self-assembled monolayer Gold nanoparticles Ferrocene Photosystem I 



The authors thank Dr. Amalia Rapakousiou and Dr. Kenji Takada for their helpful discussion and suggestion. The present work was financially supported by in part CREST (No. JPMJCR15F2) from JST, Tokyo Kasei Chemical Promotion Foundation, Nippon Sheet Glass Foundation for Materials Science and Engineering, Precise Measurement Technology Promotion Foundation, Grants-in-Aids for Scientific Research (S) (No. 26220801), Scientific Research (C) (No. 15K05604), and Scientific Research in Innovative Areas “Molecular Architectonics: Orchestration of Single Molecules for Novel Functions” (area 2509, Nos. 26110505, 26110506, 16H00957, and 16H00958) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Japan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshinori Yamanoi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mariko Miyachi
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Nishihara
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, School of ScienceThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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