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J Phys Chem C Nanomater Interfaces. 2013 Mar 21;117(11):5718-5721. Epub 2013 Feb 27.

Surface-Supported Hydrocarbon π Radicals Show Kondo Behavior.

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Institute of Semiconductor and Solid State Physics, Johannes Kepler University Linz , Altenberger Strasse 69, 4040 Linz, Austria.


Stable hydrocarbon radicals are utilized as spin standards and prototype metal-free molecular magnets able to withstand ambient conditions. Our study presents experimental results obtained with submolecular resolution by scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy from monomers and dimers of stable hydrocarbon π radicals adsorbed on the Au(111) surface at 7-50 K. We provide conclusive evidence of the preservation of the radical spin-1/2 state, aiming to establish α,γ-bisdiphenylene-β-phenylallyl (BDPA) on Au(111) as a novel Kondo system, where the impurity spin is localized in a metal-free π molecular orbital of a neutral radical state in gas phase preserved on a metal support.

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