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The role of surface defects in large organic molecule adsorption: substrate configuration effects

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The role of the configuration of metal surface atoms in the interaction between individual large, planar organic molecules and a metal substrate was investigated by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory calculations, including a semi-empirical correction scheme to account for dispersion effects. As test case, we used the adsorption of the oligopyridine derivative 2-phenyl-4,6-bis(6-(pyridine-2-yl)-4-(pyridine-4-yl)pyridine-2-yl)pyrimidine (2,4′-BTP) on a stepped Ag(100) surface. Both experiment, via statistical evaluation of the adsorption site and orientation of 2,4′-BTP admolecules, and theory indicate distinct structural effects. The results are compared with the adsorption behavior of pyridine derivatives and benzene on metal surfaces. Consequences on the understanding of the interaction between heteroatoms or functional groups in large organic adsorbates and metal atoms in typical nano-scaled surface defects and hence of the interaction with more realistic metal surfaces are discussed.

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The article was received on 13 Mar 2012, accepted on 22 May 2012 and first published on 23 May 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2CP40800G
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012,14, 10726-10731
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    The role of surface defects in large organic molecule adsorption: substrate configuration effects

    T. Waldmann, C. Nenon, K. Tonigold, H. E. Hoster, A. Groß and R. J. Behm, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 10726
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CP40800G

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