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Probing the interplay between geometric and electronic structure in a two-dimensional K–TCNQ charge transfer network

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Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), low energy electron diffraction (LEED), ultraviolet and soft X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS and SXPS) have been used to characterise the formation of a coadsorption phase of TCNQ and K on Ag(111), while the normal incident X-ray standing waves (NIXSW) technique has been used to obtain quantitative structural information. STM and LEED show that an ordered incommensurate phase is formed in which the K atoms are surrounded by four TCNQ molecules in a ‘windmill’ motif, characteristic of other metal/TCNQ phases, in which the nominal TCNQ : K stoichiometry is 1 : 1. UPS and SXPS data indicate the TCNQ is in a negatively-charged state. NIXSW results show that the carbon core of the TCNQ is essentially planar at a height above the Ag(111) surface closely similar to that found without coadsorbed K. In the presence of TCNQ the height of the K ions above the surface is significantly larger than on clean Ag(111), and the ions occupy sites above ‘holes’ in the TCNQ network. NIXSW data also show that the N atoms in the molecules must occupy sites with at least two different heights above the surface, which can be reconciled by a tilt or twist of the TCNQ molecules, broadly similar to the geometry that occurs in bulk TCNQ/K crystals.

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The article was received on 06 Mar 2017, accepted on 31 Mar 2017 and first published on 31 Mar 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7FD00093F
Citation: Faraday Discuss., 2017, Advance Article
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    Probing the interplay between geometric and electronic structure in a two-dimensional K–TCNQ charge transfer network

    P. J. Blowey, L. A. Rochford, D. A. Duncan, D. A. Warr, T.-L. Lee, D. P. Woodruff and G. Costantini, Faraday Discuss., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7FD00093F

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