Chemisorption of azafullerene on silicon: Isolating C59N monomers

M. J. Butcher, F. H. Jones, B. N. Cotier, M. D.R. Taylor, P. Moriarty, P. H. Beton, K. Prassides, N. Tagmatarchis, C. Comicioli, C. Ottaviani, C. Crotti

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We find that C59N exists as a monomer on Si(111) and Si(100) surfaces, in contrast to the dimerized state ((C59N)2) it adopts in the bulk azafullerene solid. A combination of scanning tunnelling microscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray absorption measurements indicates that, as for C60, the chemical bond between C59N and the Si(111)-(7×7) surface involves the formation of covalent Si-C bonds. We argue that the strong C59N-surface interaction on both Si(111) and Si(100) precludes molecular diffusion and thus prohibits the formation of dimers. The dominant role of molecule-surface, as opposed to intermolecular interactions is confirmed by scanning tunnelling microscope-based molecular manipulation experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-205
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering B: Solid-State Materials for Advanced Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000 May 1
Event3rd International Conference on Low Dimensional Structures and Devices (LDSD'99) - Antalya, Turkey
Duration: 1999 Sep 151999 Sep 17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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