Single molecule study of the electronic structures of molecular tripods with functional units

Satoshi Katano, Yousoo Kim, Toshikazu Kitagawa, Maki Kawai

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We have studied the adsorption of molecular tripods, having a Br atom (BATT) and a ferrocene derivative (Ferrocene-ATT) at the head position of the adamantane-based trithiolate, on Au(111) using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). BATT forms well-ordered self-assembled monolayer (SAM), of which the structure is same as that of Ferrocene-ATT. This indicates that the functional unit connected to the head part of the adamantane-based trithiolate does not aŠect the molecular ordering of SAMs. The electronic structures of individual adamantane-based molecular tripods were evaluated using scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS). While the STS spectrum of BATT has almost no feature at near the Fermi level, the electronic state, i.e., highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO), of Ferrocene-ATT, was clearly observed in the same spectrum range when taken at the well-ordered SAM. STS mapping revealed the distribution of the HOMO state of Ferrocene-ATT, which indicates the rotational motion of the ferrocene unit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-162
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the Vacuum Society of Japan
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy


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