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Phys Chem Chem Phys. 2007 Nov 14;9(42):5672-9. Epub 2007 Aug 30.

Coverage dependent structures of oligopyridine adlayers on (111) oriented Ag films.

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Institute of Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Ulm University, D-89069, Ulm, Germany.

Abstract

The coverage dependent formation of ordered structures in vapor deposited 2,4'-bis(terpyridine)derivatives (2,4'-BTP) on (111) oriented Ag films was investigated by STM. Following a two-dimensional (2D) disordered gas phase at lowest coverages, a sequence of at least three ordered structures is observed with increasing coverage. These include a 'parallel chain structure' (PCS), a 'quasi-quadratic network' (QQN) structure, and a 'packed windmill structure' (PWS), with ideal coverages of 0.37, 0.4, and 0.44 molecules nm(-2). At intermediate coverages between 0.37 and 0.44 molecules nm(-2), these structures coexist in larger islands. The energetics of the different phases, whose structures are mainly determined by attractive C-H[dot dot dot]N bridges, are discussed in a picture including C-H[dot dot dot]N and C-H[dot dot dot]H-C interactions and lateral variations in the substrate-adsorbate interactions.

PMID:
17960255
DOI:
10.1039/b708578h
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