Azobenzene on Cu(110): Adsorption site dependent diffusion

JA Miwa, S Weigelt, H Gersen, F Besenbacher, F Rosei, TR Linderoth

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Azobenzene and its derivatives can undergo reversible trans-cis isomerizations when irradiated with light, making them potential candidates for optically sensitive materials and devices. The adsorption and diffusion of azobenzene on the Cu(110) surface was investigated with a variable-temperature scanning tunneling microscope. The trans-isomer was observed and found to occupy two adsorption geometries-an energetically stable and a metastable state. Diffusion occurred along the closed-packed [1 -1 0] direction of the surface, and the diffusivity for the two adsorption states was found to differ by approximately 1 order of magnitude.
Translated title of the contributionAzobenzene on Cu(110): Adsorption site dependent diffusion
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3164 - 3165
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume128 (10)
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006

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Publisher: ACS Publications


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