Growth of Two -Dimensional C-60 Nanoclusters within a Propylthiolate Matrix


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GAO J. , GAO J., YAN C., Fard M. R. , Kaya D., ZHU G., ...More

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, vol.120, no.44, pp.25481-25488, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 120 Issue: 44
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b09259
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C
  • Page Numbers: pp.25481-25488

Abstract

Two-dimensional C60 clusters embedded in a propylthiolate/Au(111) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) are produced by depositing C60 molecules on top of the SAM at 110 K, followed by thermal annealing to room temperature. The SAM acts as a spacer layer at 110 K preventing C60 molecules from reaching the Au(111) substrate. As the temperature is increased, molecular scale vacancies open up within the SAM, allowing C60 molecules to drop to the surface of the Au(111) substrate. This initial “rooting” is then followed by the formation of two-dimensional C60 clusters. The clusters have a rather uniform orientation with a well-defined direction for the close-packed C60 molecules.

Two-dimensional C-60 clusters embedded in a propylthiolate/Au(111) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) are produced by depositing C-60 molecules on top of the SAM at 110 K, followed by thermal annealing to room temperature. The SAM acts as a spacer layer at 110 K preventing C-60 molecules from reaching the Au(111) substrate. As the temperature is increased, molecular scale vacancies open up within the SAM, allowing C-60 molecules to drop to the surface of the Au(111) substrate. This initial "rooting" is then followed by the formation of two-dimensional C-60 clusters. The clusters have a rather uniform orientation with a well-defined direction for the close-packed C-60 molecules.