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Ferrocene/Cu(111) Interface

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Low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy combined with first-principles simulations reveal a nondissociative physisorption of ferrocene molecules on a Cu(111) surface, giving rise to ordered molecular layers.

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B. W. Heinrich, L. Limot, M. V. Rastei, C. Iacovita, J. P. Bucher, 

D. M. Djimbi, C. Massobrio, and M. Boero

Physical Review Letters, 107, 216801 (2011)

 

Abstract

 

Low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy combined with first-principles simulations reveal a nondissociative physisorption of ferrocene molecules on a Cu(111) surface, giving rise to ordered molecular layers. At the interface, a 2D-like electronic band is found, which shows an identical dispersion as the Cu(111) Shockley surface-state band. Subsequent deposition of Cu atoms forms charged organometallic compounds that localize interface-state electrons.

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