Self-Assembly Evolution of Metal-Free Naphthalocyanine Molecules on Ag(111) at the Submonolayer Coverage

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  • Rongting Wu
  • Linghao Yan
  • De Liang Bao
  • Junhai Ren
  • Shixuan Du
  • Yeliang Wang
  • Qing Huan
  • Hong Jun Gao

Research units

  • Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Yale University
  • Songshan Lake Materials Laboratory
  • Beijing Institute of Technology


Structures of self-assembled films play essential roles in the performance of potential organic molecular electronics; therefore, detailed knowledge of molecular adsorption and structural evolution is fundamental for the implementation of molecular electronics. Here, we systematically investigated the initial adsorption and structure evolution of metal-free naphthalocyanine (H 2 Nc) on the Ag(111) surface from dimers to ordered self-assembled structures in the submonolayer range. H 2 Nc molecules deposited on Ag(111) at 100 K accumulate into clusters dominated by dimers. Subsequent sample annealing induces the emergence of two ordered self-assembled structures, denoted by S l and S ll . Molecule-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy images confirm that structure S l is more stable with six rotation domains lying in two chiralities. Deviations of the lattice parameters from a threefold symmetry indicate non-neglectable intermolecular interactions in self-assembled patterns. Combined with density functional theory calculations, orientations of the two inner hydrogens of H 2 Nc in the self-assembled film are revealed.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7202-7208
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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