Control of Molecular Orbital Ordering Using a van der Waals Monolayer Ferroelectric

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2D ferroelectric materials provide a promising platform for the electrical control of quantum states. In particular, due to their 2D nature, they are suitable for influencing the quantum states of deposited molecules via the proximity effect. Here, electrically controllable molecular states in phthalocyanine molecules adsorbed on monolayer ferroelectric material SnTe are reported. The strain and ferroelectric order in SnTe are found to create a transition between two distinct orbital orders in the adsorbed phthalocyanine molecules. By controlling the polarization of the ferroelectric domain using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), it is successfully demonstrated that orbital order can be manipulated electrically. The results show how ferroelastic coupling in 2D systems allows for control of molecular states, providing a starting point for ferroelectrically switchable molecular orbital ordering and ultimately, electrical control of molecular magnetism.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2206456
Number of pages7
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number9
Early online date16 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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