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Dipole-directed assembly of lines of 1,5-dichloropentane on silicon substrates by displacement of surface charge

Harikumar, K. R. and Lim, Tingbin and McNab, Iain R. and Polanyi, John C. and Zotti, Linda and Ayissi, Serge and Hofer, Werner A. (2008) Dipole-directed assembly of lines of 1,5-dichloropentane on silicon substrates by displacement of surface charge. NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY, 3 (4). pp. 222-228.

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Abstract

One-dimensional nanostructures at silicon surfaces have potential applications in nanoscale devices. Here we propose a mechanism of dipole-directed assembly for the growth of lines of physisorbed dipolar molecules. The adsorbate chosen was a halide, in preparation for the patterned imprinting of halogen atoms. Using scanning tunnelling microscopy, physisorbed 1,5-dichloropentane on Si( 100)-2x1 was shown to self-assemble at room temperature into molecular lines that grew predominantly perpendicular to the Si-dimer rows. Line formation was triggered by the displacement of surface charge by the dipolar adsorbate. Experimental and simulated scanning tunnelling microscopy images were in agreement for a range of positive and negative bias voltages. The geometry of the physisorbed molecules and nature of their binding were evident from the scanning tunnelling microscopy images, as interpreted by scanning tunnelling microscopy simulation.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Analytical Science > Microscopy and probe methods
Physical Science > Nano objects
Material Science > Nanochemistry
ID Code:2328
Deposited By:Anuj Seth
Deposited On:18 Dec 2008 12:53
Last Modified:19 Jan 2009 14:59

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