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Site-specific phenomena in 2+ dimensional supramolecular architectures

Tuesday, 23.10.2018 10:00

Speakers: Thomas A. Jung (Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland; University of Basel, Switzerland)
Place: Cukrovarnická 10, budova A, knihovna, 2. patro
Presented in AJ
Organisers: Department of Thin Films and Nanostructures

Future quantum technologies, for example, rely on the detailed understanding of the interaction between different well-defined electronic states. Surface supported atomic and molecular systems provide a base for such investigations with the particular advantage of addressability. In our work we establish on-surface architectures which exhibit extraordinary local e.g. electronic, magnetic and quantum properties originating from the reduced dimensionality of the self-assembled and atomically precise architectures. Quantum well arrays, for example, can be produced by the interaction of porous on-surface networks with 2D Shockley-type surface states. Interestingly the periodicity of these (lossy) confinements causes band formation by the coupling between the individual quantum well [1]. In our more recent work the quantum wells have been modified by the adsorption / condensation of Xe atoms [2,3]. Localized and delocalized electronic states can be identified across the 2D array as they lead to new, site-specific physical and chemical behavior.

Sublattices in 2D 'checkerboard' architectures of magnetic molecules on magnetic substrates can be selectively switched by chemical ligation [4]. Also we have observed the first example of 2D ferrimagnetic long-range order and remanence for such a 2D architecture on non-magnetic Au(110) [5]. Uniquely, self-assembled 2D architectures contribute to our understanding of fundamental interactions involved in host-guest systems and allow for the specific operation of quantum states with a partial delocalization delocalized by the supramolecular on-surface architecture.


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[2] Nowakowska, S. et al., Nat. Commun. 6:6071 (2015)

[3] Nowakowska, S. et al., Small 12:3757 (2016)

[4] Ballav N., et al., JPCL 4:2303 (2013)

[5] Girovsky, J. et al., Nat. Commun., DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15388 (2017).