Chemical Physics and Dynamics of Surfaces – Nanoparticles – Nanoelectronics, single charge electronics with gold nanoparticles


  • Permanent member: Olivier Pluchery
  • Past PhD: Louis Caillard (14-nov-2014). Grafted organic monolayers for single electron transport and for quantum dot solar cells

Gold nanoparticles serve as ultra-small electron dispensers and make possible the control of electric current with the accuracy of a single electron (Coulomb blockade). The challenge is to fabricate reproducible architectures where gold nanoparticles of diameters between 5 and 10 nm are deposited on top of a GOM molecular layer which plays the role of an insulating layer (tunnel barrier) and which is grafted on a silicon substrate. The experimental study is carried out in ultra-high vacuum with a STM (Scanning Tunnel Microscope).

Read a 3 pages summary published in SPIE Newsroom. Gold nanoparticles to drive single-electron currents




  • Chabal (University of Texas at Dallas)
  • AF Lamix-Humblot (LRS, Sorbonne Université)



  • Projet Go-N-SEE : Nanoparticules d’or pour les expériences sur les électrons uniques



  • Pluchery, O.;Caillard, L.;  Dollfus, P.; Chabal, Y. J., Gold nanoparticles on functionalized silicon substrate under Coulomb blockade regime: an experimental and theoretical investigation. J. Phys. Chem. B 2018, 122 (2), 897-903.
  • Olivier Pluchery, Y. Zhang, R. Benbalagh, L. Caillard, J. J. Gallet, et al.. Static and dynamic electronic characterization of organic monolayers grafted on a silicon surface. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016, 18 (5), pp.3675-3684. ⟨10.1039/C5CP05943G⟩. ⟨hal-01262800⟩
  • Pluchery, O.;Caillard, L.;  Rynder, A.;  Rochet, F.;  Zhang, Y.;  Salmeron, M.; Chabal, Y. J. In Single Charge Electronics with Gold Nanoparticles and Organic Monolayers, IMRC 2015, International Materials Research Congress, Cancun, Mexico, MRS Proceedings 2016: Cancun, Mexico, 2015; p 032 (13 pages).
  • L Caillard, S Sattayaporn, A-F Lamic-Humblot, S Casale, P Campbell, et al.. Controlling the reproducibility of Coulomb blockade phenomena for gold nanoparticles on an organic monolayer/silicon system. Nanotechnology, Institute of Physics, 2015, 26 (6), pp.065301. ⟨10.1088/0957-4484/26/6/065301⟩. ⟨hal-01114456⟩
  • Louis Caillard, Oliver Seitz, Philip M. Campbell, Rachel P. Doherty, Anne-Félicie Lamic-Humblot, et al.. Gold Nanoparticles on Oxide-Free Silicon-Molecule Interface for Single Electron Transport. Langmuir, American Chemical Society, 2013, 29, pp.5066-5073. ⟨10.1021/la304971v‎⟩. ⟨hal-00910966⟩