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Adsorption of hexacontane on hexagonal boron nitride (2018)
Journal Article
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. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b10167

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 or... Read More

Atomistic Simulations of the Efficiencies of Ge and Pt Ion Implantation into Graphene (2018)
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Åhlgren, E. H., Markevich, A., & Besley, E. (2018). Atomistic Simulations of the Efficiencies of Ge and Pt Ion Implantation into Graphene. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122(44), 25700-25708. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b07306

Recent success in the direct implantation of 74Ge+ ion, the heaviest atomic impurity to date, into monolayer graphene presents a general question of the efficiency of low-energy ion implantation technique for heavy atoms. A comparative computational... Read More

The growth and fluorescence of phthalocyanine monolayers, thin films and multilayers on hexagonal boron nitride (2018)
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Alkhamisi, M., Korolkov, V. V., Nizovtsev, A. S., Kerfoot, J., Taniguchi, T., Watanabe, K., …Beton, P. H. (2018). The growth and fluorescence of phthalocyanine monolayers, thin films and multilayers on hexagonal boron nitride. Chemical Communications, doi:10.1039/C8CC06304D. ISSN 1359-7345

Free-base phthalocyanine forms distinct interfacial phases and thin films on hexagonal boron nitride including a monolayer arrangement as determined using high resolution atomic force microscopy. The phases reveal significant differences in photolumi... Read More

Pore-filling contamination in metal–organic frameworks (2018)
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Glover, J., & Besley, E. (2018). Pore-filling contamination in metal–organic frameworks. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 20(36), 23616-23624. doi:10.1039/c8cp04769c

Tuneable pore sizes, ordered crystal structures, and large surface areas are some of the main attractive features of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs). To fully understand the structure–property relationships of these materials, accurate characterisati... Read More

Comparison of atomic scale dynamics for the middle and late transition metal nanocatalysts (2018)
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Cao, K., Zoberbier, T., Biskupek, J., Botos, A., McSweeney, R. L., Kurtoglu, A., …Khlobystov, A. N. (2018). Comparison of atomic scale dynamics for the middle and late transition metal nanocatalysts. Nature Communications, 9, (1-10). doi:10.1038/s41467-018-05831-z. ISSN 2041-1723

Catalysis of chemical reactions by nanosized clusters of transition metals holds the key to the provision of sustainable energy and materials. However, the atomistic behaviour of nanocatalysts still remains largely unknown due to uncertainties associ... Read More

Dynamic simulations of many-body electrostatic self-assembly (2018)
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Lindgren, E. B., Stamm, B., Maday, Y., Besley, E., & Stace, A. J. (2018). Dynamic simulations of many-body electrostatic self-assembly. Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, doi:10.1098/rsta.2017.0143. ISSN 1364-503X

Two experimental studies relating to electrostatic self-assembly have been the subject of dynamic computer simulations, where the consequences of changing the charge and the dielectric constant of the materials concerned have been explored. One serie... Read More

Electrostatic self-assembly: understanding the significance of the solvent (2017)
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Lindgren, E. B., Derbenev, I. N., Khachatourian, A., Chan, H., Stace, A. J., & Besley, E. (2018). Electrostatic self-assembly: understanding the significance of the solvent. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 14(2), doi:10.1021/acs.jctc.7b00647. ISSN 1549-9618

The electrostatic deposition of particles has become a very effective route to the assembly of many nanoscale materials. However, fundamental limitations to the process are presented by the choice of solvent, which can either suppress or promote self... Read More

Supramolecular heterostructures formed by sequential epitaxial deposition of two-dimensional hydrogen-bonded arrays (2017)
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Korolkov, V. V., Baldoni, M., Watanabe, K., Taniguchi, T., Besley, E., & Beton, P. H. (in press). Supramolecular heterostructures formed by sequential epitaxial deposition of two-dimensional hydrogen-bonded arrays. Nature Chemistry, 9, doi:10.1038/nchem.2824. ISSN 1755-4330

Two-dimensional (2D) supramolecular arrays provide a route to the spatial control of the chemical functionality of a surface, but their deposition is in almost all cases limited to a monolayer termination. Here we investigated the sequential depositi... Read More

Coulomb fission in multiply charged molecular clusters: experiment and theory (2017)
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Harris, C., Baptiste, J., Lindgren, E. B., Besley, E., & Stace, A. J. (in press). Coulomb fission in multiply charged molecular clusters: experiment and theory. Journal of Chemical Physics, 146(16), doi:10.1063/1.4981918. ISSN 0021-9606

A series of three multiply charged molecular clusters, (C6H6)nz+ (benzene), (CH3CN)nz+ (acetonitrile), and (C4H8O)nz+ (tetrahydrofuran), where the charge z is either 3 or 4, have been studied for the purpose of identifying patterns of behaviour close... Read More

The effect of like-charge attraction on aerosol growth inthe atmosphere of Titan (2016)
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Lindgren, E. B., Stamm, B., Chan, H., Maday, Y., Stace, A. J., & Besley, E. (2017). The effect of like-charge attraction on aerosol growth inthe atmosphere of Titan. Icarus, 291, (245-253). doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2016.12.013. ISSN 0019-1035

The formation of aerosols in the atmosphere of Titan is based extensively onion-neutral chemistry and physical condensation processes. Herein it is shown that the formation of aerosols may also occur through an alternative pathway that involves the p... Read More

Amides do not always work: observation of guest binding in an amide-functionalised porous host (2016)
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Benson, O., Da Silva, I., Argent, S. P., Cabot, R., Savage, M., Godfrey, H. G., …Schröder, M. (2016). Amides do not always work: observation of guest binding in an amide-functionalised porous host. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138(45), doi:10.1021/jacs.6b08059. ISSN 0002-7863

An amide-functionalised metal organic frame-work (MOF) material, MFM-136, shows a high CO2 uptake of 12.6 mmol g-1 at 20 bar and 298 K. MFM-136 is the first example of acylamide pyrimidyl isophthalate MOF without open metal sites, and thus provides a... Read More

Investigation of the Interactions and Bonding between Carbon and Group VIII Metals at the Atomic Scale (2016)
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Zoberbier, T., Chamberlain, T. W., Biskupek, J., Suyetin, M., Majouga, A. G., Besley, E., …Khlobystov, A. N. (2016). Investigation of the Interactions and Bonding between Carbon and Group VIII Metals at the Atomic Scale. Small, 12(12), doi:10.1002/smll.201502210. ISSN 1613-6810

The nature and dynamics of bonding between Fe, Ru, Os, and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) is studied by aberration-corrected high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (AC-HRTEM). The metals catalyze a wide variety of different transfor... Read More