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Organic molecules acting as templates on metal surfaces

Project ID: IST-1999-11565
Funded under: FP5-IST

Abstract

The electronic connection of single molecules to nanoelectrodes on a surface is a basic, unsolved problem in the emerging field of molecular nanoelectronics. By means of variable temperature scanning tunnelling microscopy, we show that an organic molecule (C90H98), known as the Lander, can cause the rearrangement of atoms on a Cu(110) surface. These molecules act as templates accommodating metal atoms at the step edges of the copper substrate, forming metallic nanostructures (0.75 nanometers wide and 1.85 nanometers long) that are adapted to the dimensions of the molecule.

The results were obtained by means of a collaboration between the Physics Dept. at the University of Aarhus (Denmark) and CNRS Toulouse (France), in the framework of the European IST project "Bottom Up Nanomachines".

Additional information

Authors: ROSEI F, Institute of Physics and Astronomy and CAMP, University of Aarhus (DK);SCHUNACK M, Institute of Physics and Astronomy and CAMP, University of Aarhus (DK);LAEGSGAARD E, Institute of Physics and Astronomy and CAMP, University of Aarhus (DK);STENSGAARD I, Institute of Physics and Astronomy and CAMP, University of Aarhus (DK);JIANG P, CEMES - CNRS, Toulouse (FR);GOURDON A, CEMES - CNRS, Toulouse (FR);JOACHIM C, CEMES - CNRS, Toulouse (FR);BESENBACHER F, CEMES - CNRS, Toulouse (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: An article published in: Science, 12 April 2002, Vol 296, pp.328-331.
Availability: This article can be accessed online by subscribers, and can be ordered online by non-subscribers, at: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/vol296/issue5566/index.shtml
Record Number: 200215674 / Last updated on: 2002-12-20
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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