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Distinguished iNANO Lecture: Organic Molecules on Insulating Surfaces: From Self-Assembly to On-Surface Synthesis

Professor Angelika Kühnle, Institute of Physical Chemistry, University Mainz, Mainz, Germany

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Friday 15 August 2014,  at 10:15 - 11:00


The auditorium of the iNANO House (1593-012), Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C


Professor Angelika Kühnle, Institute of Physical Chemistry, University Mainz, Mainz, Germany

Organic Molecules on Insulating Surfaces:  From Self-Assembly to On-Surface Synthesis

Molecular self-assembly has proven to be a most versatile tool for creating functional structures on surfaces [1]. So far, the majority of studies has been performed on metallic substrates, and comparatively little is known about molecular structure formation on wide band gap insulators. However, molecular self-assembly on insulating surfaces can be fundamentally different from structure formation on metallic substrates due to the comparatively weak molecule-surface interaction. Consequently, special strategies have to be developed for anchoring organic molecules onto insulating surfaces [2]. Upon balancing the interplay between intermolecular and molecule-surface interactions, a rich variety of molecular structures can now be achieved at room temperature [3,4].

When aiming at creating application-relevant structures, thermal stability and a significant electron transport can be mandatory. Recently, on-surface synthesis has been identified as a promising strategy for arriving at covalently linked organic structures at surfaces. Transferring these design principles to insulating surfaces allows for further enhancing the structural flexibility on application-relevant substrates [5,6].


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  3.  P. Rahe, M. Nimmrich and A. Kühnle, Small 8, 2969 (2012)
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  5.  M. Kittelmann, P. Rahe, M. Nimmrich, C. Hauke, A. Gourdon and A. Kühnle, ACS Nano 5, 8420 (2011)
  6. M. Kittelmann, M. Nimmrich, R. Lindner, A. Gourdon, and A. Kühnle, ACS Nano 7, 5614 (2013)
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