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Decoupled Insulator-Supported Molecules

Objective

The DECiMOL (DECoupling Insulator-supported MOLecules) project exploits complementary real- and reciprocal space spectromicroscopy techniques to develop key insights into the correlations which exist between electronic structure, interaction forces, and geometry of molecules adsorbed on thin insulating layers on silicon. This understanding is mandatory in areas such as molecule-based information processing or optoelectronic devices. DECiMOL will specifically aim at investigating the transition in binding situation of the deposited molecules depending on the insulator thickness as well as the molecular functionalisation by inspecting molecular properties and explore the capability to locally change the geometric or electronic state of the adsorbed molecules. Most importantly, DECiMOL will study the efficacy of decoupling molecules from semiconductor, rather than metal surfaces, via a thin insulating films by using a combination of three experimental techniques – namely scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), dynamic force microscopy (DFM, also known as non-contact atomic force microscopy), and photoemission spectroscopy (PES). The experimental approach will be supplemented by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Within DECiMOL, the researcher will be trained in using PES and DFT methods, which form an important complimentary approach to his previous STM and DFM based work.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/spectroscopy
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/electromagnetism and electronics/electrical conductivity/semiconductor
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data processing

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF
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Funding Scheme

MC-IEF - Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 221 606,40
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)