The fabrication of Mn-based coordination networks on a Au(1 1 1) substrate with 4-4′-biphenyl dicarboxylic acid (BDA) as the linker molecule was investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy. Intriguing structures of ladder and rectangular-shaped networks were obtained by controlling the ratios of deposited amount of BDA molecules and Mn atoms. These structures are well explained by models in which BDA molecules occupy the perimeter of the rectangles and a pair of two Mn atoms are placed at the lattice points. For the rectangular structure, further two phases of a rectangular and a square networks were identified in which the paired Mn atoms were directing an identical direction and 90° rotated in an alternate manner, respectively. In addition, it was revealed that the open space surrounded by rectangle BDA molecules could capture a dimer of C60 molecules which were deposited on the Mn-based BDA networks.
- Au(1 1 1) surface
- Carboxylic acid
- Metal-organic coordination networks (MOCNs)
- Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM)