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Buckminsterfullerene: a probe to reveal hidden surface properties of metals

Úterý, 06.06.2017 10:00 - 11:00

Přednášející: Silvia Karthäuser (Peter Grünberg Institut (PGI-7) and JARA-FIT, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, D-52425 Jülich, Germany)
Místo: Cukrovarnická 10, knihovna, budova A, 2. patro
Jazyk: anglicky
Pořadatelé: Oddělení tenkých vrstev a nanostruktur

Close-packed monolayers of Buckminsterfullerenes (C60) on metallic substrates are very rich systems with respect to their rotational degrees of freedom and possible interactions with different adsorption sites or next neighbors. They have attracted much attention due to their structural and electronic properties. Here, we focus on the ability of C60 to form self-assembled monolayers that mirror impressively the electronic properties of the respective substrate. Using low-temperature UHV-STM and STS in combination with DFT calculations the interactions of C60 molecules with a metallic surface [1,2], an alloy [3], and a thin titanium oxide film [4] are characterized in detail. The LT-STM images with highly resolved orbital structure allow a detailed assignment of the C60 adsorption orientation and geometry with respect to the underlying substrate. Moreover, even second order interface effects, that is, interactions of C60 with atoms of the subsurface layer are identified [2]. Most interestingly, in the case of a Pt3Ti-single crystal alloy [3] used as substrate the influence of subsurface Ti-atoms on the self-assembly behavior of fullerenes is determined [5]. Here, third layer Ti-atoms provoke an adsorption energy landscape of the single crystal alloy so that the C60/alloy interfacial interactions result in the creation of a new C60 monolayer structure. On the other hand, C60 can be decoupled effectively from the Pt3Ti alloy surface, if it is oxidized prior to the C60 assembly [4] (see Figure).


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[5] M. Paßens, V. Caciuc, N. Atodiresei, M. Feuerbacher, M. Moors, R. E. Dunin-Borkowski, S. Blügel, R. Waser, S. Karthäuser, Nat. Commun. (2017) DOI: 10.1038/NCOMMS15367.