Imaging and manipulating organometallic molecules by scanning tunneling microscopy
Slavonic, Corey J.
Kelly, Kevin F.
Master of Science
Using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) we have explored complex surface adsorbed molecules, nanocars, on Au(111) and the parameters related to the direct translation of these molecules by the STM tip. Specifically, the molecules focused on here were functionalized with C 60 or trans ruthenium complexes. With low tunneling currents the molecules could be imaged at room temperature. Increasing the tunneling current allowed us to bring the tip closer to individual molecules and reposition them on the surface. Below specific current and bias voltage conditions the molecules remained stationary, while in other cases the tip interaction was strong enough to drastically damage or eject the molecule from the field of view. High temperature scans revealed the effect of the wheel activation energy relative to the underlying surface as the different wheeled nanocars began diffusing at different temperatures confirming the manipulation measurements.
Applied sciences; Pure sciences; Nanoscience; Nanotechnology; Optics