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Quantifying the “Subtle Interplay” between Intermolecular and Molecule–Substrate Interactions in Molecular Assembly on Surfaces C
- White, Thomas W., Martsinovich, Natalia, Troisi, Alessandro, Costantini, Giovanni
- Journal of physical chemistry 2018 v.122 no.31 pp. 17954-17962
- copper, models, nanomaterials, physical chemistry, scanning tunneling microscopy
- The effect of the concurrent action of intermolecular and molecule–substrate interactions on the two-dimensional (2D) self-assembly of organic molecules on solid surfaces is investigated in a combined experimental and theoretical effort. Scanning tunneling microscopy measurements of terephthalic acid on the Cu(111) surface, a model system where the interplay between the two interactions is particularly evident, are used to develop a general, simple, and computationally inexpensive model that quantitatively accounts for the experimental observations. The model, related to the well-known Frenkel–Kontorova model, offers a comprehensive description of the “subtle interplay” between intermolecular and molecule–substrate interactions and provides a qualitative and quantitative predictive capability in the design and fabrication of 2D molecular nanostructures at surfaces.