Adsorption and self-assembly of porphyrins on ultrathin CoO films on Ir(100)

Xiang F, Schmitt T, Raschmann M, Schneider MA (2020)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2020


Book Volume: 11

Pages Range: 1516-1524

DOI: 10.3762/bjnano.11.134


Porphyrins represent a versatile class of molecules, the adsorption behavior of which on solid surfaces is of fundamental interest due to a variety of potential applications. We investigate here the molecule-molecule and molecule-substrate interaction of Co-5,15-diphenylporphyrin (Co-DPP) and 2H-tetrakis(p-cyanophenyl)porphyrin (2H-TCNP) on one bilayer (1BL) and two bilayer (2BL) thick cobalt oxide films on Ir(100) by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory (DFT). The two substrates differ greatly with respect to their structural and potential-energy landscape corrugation with immediate consequences for adsorption and self-assembly of the molecules studied. On both films, an effective electronic decoupling from the metal substrate is achieved. However, on the 1BL film, Co-DPP molecules are sufficiently mobile at 300 K and coalesce to self-assembled molecular islands when cooled to 80 K despite their rather weak intermolecular interaction. In contrast, on the 2BL film, due to the rather flat potential landscape, molecular rotation is thermally activated, which effectively prevents self-assembly. The situation is different for 2H-TCNPP, which, due to the additional functional anchoring groups, does not self-assemble on the 1BL film but forms self-assembled compact islands on the 2BL film. The findings demonstrate the guiding effect of the cobalt oxide films of different thickness and the effect of functional surface anchoring.

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Xiang, F., Schmitt, T., Raschmann, M., & Schneider, M.A. (2020). Adsorption and self-assembly of porphyrins on ultrathin CoO films on Ir(100). Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, 11, 1516-1524.


Xiang, Feifei, et al. "Adsorption and self-assembly of porphyrins on ultrathin CoO films on Ir(100)." Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology 11 (2020): 1516-1524.

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