The growth mechanism of pentacene-fullerene heteroepitaxial films

A. Al-Mahboob, J. T. Sadowski, Y. Fujikawa, T. Sakurai

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    The growth of pentacene on C60 film has been studied in real-time by low energy electron microscope. The standing-up phase overgrows on the lying-down phase at room temperature with increasing film thickness. At intermediate temperature we observed two distinct types of nucleation: an earlier nucleation of lying-down phase and a delayed nucleation of standing-up phase on the bare C60 surface between islands of lying-down phase. Further thermal activation control enabled us to tune the types of nucleation and the standing-up phase without co-presence of the lying-down phase could be achieved above ∼70 °C.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)L53-L56
    JournalSurface Science
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr 15


    • Aromatics
    • Fullerenes
    • Growth
    • Heterojunctions
    • Low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM)

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
    • Materials Chemistry


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