I. S. Ulusoy
Vibrations of a single adsorbed organic molecule: anharmonicity matters!
Ulusoy, I. S.; Scribano, Y.; Benoit, D. M.; Tschetschetkin, A.; Maurer, N.; Koslowski, B.; Ziemann, P.
Dr David Benoit D.Benoit@hull.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Molecular Physics and Astrochemistry
Vibrational spectroscopy is a powerful tool to identify molecules and to characterise their chemical state. Inelastic electron tunnelling spectroscopy (IETS) combined with scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) allows the application of vibrational analysis to a single molecule. Up to now, IETS was restricted to small species due to the complexity of vibration spectra for larger molecules. We extend the horizon of IETS for both experiment and theory by measuring the STM-IETS spectra of mercaptopyridine adsorbed on the (111) surface of gold and comparing it to theoretical spectra. Such complex spectra with more than 20 lines can be reliably determined and computed leading to completely new insights. Experimentally, the vibrational spectra exhibit a dependence on the specific adsorption site of the molecules. Theoretically, this dependence is only accessible if anharmonic contributions to the interaction potentials are included. These joint experimental and theoretical advances open new perspectives for structure determination of organic adlayers.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Publication Date||Dec 31, 2011|
|Journal||PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS|
|Publisher||Royal Society of Chemistry|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Ulusoy, I. S., Scribano, Y., Benoit, D. M., Tschetschetkin, A., Maurer, N., Koslowski, B., & Ziemann, P. (2011). Vibrations of a single adsorbed organic molecule: anharmonicity matters!. Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP, 13(2), 612-618. https://doi.org/10.1039/c0cp01289k|
|Keywords||Physical and Theoretical Chemistry; General Physics and Astronomy|