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Adsorption of hexacontane on hexagonal boron nitride

Albar, Juan D.; Korolkov, Vladimir V.; Baldoni, Matteo; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Besley, Elena; Beton, Peter H.


Juan D. Albar

Vladimir V. Korolkov

Matteo Baldoni

Kenji Watanabe

Takashi Taniguchi

Elena Besley

Peter H. Beton


We have investigated the adsorption of hexacontane (C60 H122) on hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The molecules can be deposited either by sublimation or from solution and form lamellar rows with dimensions of the order of 0.1 - 1 μm in three different rotational domains. High-resolution AFM images reveal that, similar to alkanes on graphite, the molecules are adsorbed parallel to the lattice vectors of hBN and we show using molecular mechanics that this corresponds to the lowest energy configuration. Lamellar rows with the same periodicity are observed even when several layers of hexacontane are deposited, although there is some orientational disorder in these multilayers. We also observe heat-induced modification of hexacontane including re-crystallization. We compare our results with recent X-ray studies of alkane adsorption on hBN and discuss the possible role of alkanes on steering molecular self-assembly on hBN.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 6, 2018
Journal The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
Print ISSN 1932-7447
Electronic ISSN 1932-7455
Publisher American Chemical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 122
Pages 27575-27581
APA6 Citation Albar, J. D., Korolkov, V. V., Baldoni, M., Watanabe, K., Taniguchi, T., Besley, E., & Beton, P. H. (2018). Adsorption of hexacontane on hexagonal boron nitride. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122, 27575-27581.
Keywords General Energy; Physical and Theoretical Chemistry; Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials; Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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