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Directional molecular sliding at room temperature on a silicon runway

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Abstract

The design of working nanovehicles is a key challenge for the development of new devices. In this context, 1D controlled sliding of molecules on a silicon-based surface is successfully achieved by using an optimized molecule–substrate pair. Even though the molecule and surface are compatible, the molecule–substrate interaction provides a 1D template effect to guide molecular sliding along a preferential surface orientation. Molecular motion is monitored by STM experiments under ultra-high vacuum at room temperature. Molecule–surface interactions are elucidated by semi-empirical calculations.

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Submitted
04 Apr 2013
Accepted
08 May 2013
First published
24 May 2013

Nanoscale, 2013,5, 7005-7010
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Directional molecular sliding at room temperature on a silicon runway

X. Bouju, F. Chérioux, S. Coget, G. Rapenne and F. Palmino, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 7005
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR01685D

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