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Title: Molecular flexure and atom trapping with sexiphenyl molecules by scanning tunneling microscope manipulation

Abstract

Molecular flexure, and molecule-metal contact of para-sexiphenyl molecules on a Ag(111) surface are investigated by using low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, and molecular manipulations. Atom trapping with sexiphenyl molecules is realized by laterally manipulating the molecules onto individual silver atoms and up to three silver atoms have been trapped. We also demonstrate breaking of a silver dimer into individual silver atoms by atom trapping. STM manipulation experiments show that the molecule-metal complexes formed by the atom trapping are mechanically stable. Moreover, Lateral manipulation of a single sexiphenyl across a Ag(111) atomic step highlights how the molecule moves across step-edges; the molecule can easily conform across the step and it recovers original configuration after the manipulation.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [2];  [2];  [3]
  1. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Center for Nanoscale Materials
  2. Ohio Univ., Athens, OH (United States). Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Inst., and Physics & Astronomy Dept.
  3. Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States). Center for Nanoscale Materials; Ohio Univ., Athens, OH (United States). Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Inst., and Physics & Astronomy Dept.
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Research Org.:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1558988
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Surface Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 678; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0039-6028
Publisher:
Elsevier
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; Ag(111); Para-sexiphenyl; STM; atom trapping; single atom and molecule manipulation

Citation Formats

Zhang, Yuan, Wang, Shaoze, Braun, Kai-Felix, and Hla, Saw-Wai. Molecular flexure and atom trapping with sexiphenyl molecules by scanning tunneling microscope manipulation. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1016/j.susc.2018.07.004.
Zhang, Yuan, Wang, Shaoze, Braun, Kai-Felix, & Hla, Saw-Wai. Molecular flexure and atom trapping with sexiphenyl molecules by scanning tunneling microscope manipulation. United States. doi:10.1016/j.susc.2018.07.004.
Zhang, Yuan, Wang, Shaoze, Braun, Kai-Felix, and Hla, Saw-Wai. Sat . "Molecular flexure and atom trapping with sexiphenyl molecules by scanning tunneling microscope manipulation". United States. doi:10.1016/j.susc.2018.07.004. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1558988.
@article{osti_1558988,
title = {Molecular flexure and atom trapping with sexiphenyl molecules by scanning tunneling microscope manipulation},
author = {Zhang, Yuan and Wang, Shaoze and Braun, Kai-Felix and Hla, Saw-Wai},
abstractNote = {Molecular flexure, and molecule-metal contact of para-sexiphenyl molecules on a Ag(111) surface are investigated by using low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, and molecular manipulations. Atom trapping with sexiphenyl molecules is realized by laterally manipulating the molecules onto individual silver atoms and up to three silver atoms have been trapped. We also demonstrate breaking of a silver dimer into individual silver atoms by atom trapping. STM manipulation experiments show that the molecule-metal complexes formed by the atom trapping are mechanically stable. Moreover, Lateral manipulation of a single sexiphenyl across a Ag(111) atomic step highlights how the molecule moves across step-edges; the molecule can easily conform across the step and it recovers original configuration after the manipulation.},
doi = {10.1016/j.susc.2018.07.004},
journal = {Surface Science},
number = C,
volume = 678,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {12}
}

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