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Rossel, F; Pivetta, M; Patthey, F; Cavar, E; Seitsonen, A P; Schneider, W-D (2011). Growth and characterization of fullerene nanocrystals on NaCl/Au(111). Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, 84(7):075426.

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The growth of fullerene nanocrystals, composed of only C(60), only C(70), or a mixture of both fullerenes, has been investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The nanocrystals, formed on a NaCl ultrathin layer partially covering a Au(111) surface, have characteristic truncated-triangular or hexagonal shapes, with lateral size up to 100 nm and a typical height of two to four molecular layers. This growth mode differs considerably from the ones observed on metallic surfaces. STM images with bias-dependent submolecular resolution reveal the spatial distribution of the electronic density originating from the molecular orbitals. A comparison of the experimental results with first-principles density functional theory calculations allows us to unambiguously determine the orientation and the nature of individual fullerene molecules in the surface layer of the nanocrystals.

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
DDC:540 Chemistry
Date:August 2011
Deposited On:03 Jan 2012 15:35
Last Modified:19 Jun 2014 11:46
Publisher:American Physical Society
Publisher DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.84.075426
Other Identification Number:ISI:000293555100019
Citations:Web of Science®. Times Cited: 10
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