Wednesday, February 12, 2020

PTCDA molecules on an InSb(001) surface studied with atomic force microscopy

PTCDA (3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride) molecular structures assembled on an InSb(001) c(8 × 2) reconstructed surface have been studied using frequency modulated atomic force microscopy. The high-resolution imaging of the structures is possible through repulsive interactions, using the constant height scanning mode. During initial stages of growth the [110] diffusion channel dominates as indicated by formation of long PTCDA molecular chains parallel to the [110] crystallographic direction on the InSb surface. For a single monolayer coverage a wetting layer of PTCDA is formed. Finally it is shown that the PTCDA/InSb is a promising system for building molecular nanostructures by manipulation of single molecules with the AFM tip.


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