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Organizing Molecules on Solid Surfaces

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  • UserDr Quanmin Guo, University of Birmingham
  • ClockFriday 11 March 2011, 14:00-15:00
  • HousePhysics East 217.

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Properties of solid surfaces are important in many physical and chemical processes such as epitaxial growth, corrosion, oxidation, and catalytic reactions. This becomes even more so for nano-particles where a significant fraction of atoms are found on the surface of the material. Due to symmetry breaking and the reduced co-ordination number, surfaces also tend to have distinct properties of their own, different from that of the bulk. In my talk, I will focus on one particular surface, the Au(111) surface, and show how this surface interacts with C60 molecules, and indeed, how the molecules modify the surface structure in return. We use real space imaging with the scanning tunnelling microscope (STM). The ability of the STM to resolve individual atoms means that we can gain plenty of useful information without writing down the wave function, well, in most cases.

This talk is part of the Condensed Matter Physics Seminars series.

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