Juan D. Albar
Adsorption of hexacontane on hexagonal boron nitride
Albar, Juan D.; Korolkov, Vladimir V.; Baldoni, Matteo; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Besley, Elena; Beton, Peter H.
Vladimir V. Korolkov
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|
|Publisher||American Chemical Society|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|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. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b10167|
|Keywords||General Energy; Physical and Theoretical Chemistry; Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials; Surfaces, Coatings and Films|
Adsorption of Hexacontane on Hexagonal Boron Nitride
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