Pulsed-dosing controls self-assembly: 1-Bromopentane on Si(1 1 1)-7 × 7

Alon Eisenstein, K. R. Harikumar, Kai Huang, Iain R. McNab, John C. Polanyi*, Amir Zabet-Khosousi

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We have constructed a high-pressure fast-pulse dosing system for use with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM). For 1-bromopentane on Si(1 1 1)-7 × 7 at low temperature (100 K) two physisorbed phases were found to co-exist; spaced-out molecules above corner silicon-adatoms in a one-per-corner-hole (OPCH) pattern, and circles of molecules above middle-adatoms. By tuning the parameters of high-pressure fast-pulse dosing, we can choose which of these two patterns, OPCH or circles, to chemically imprint on room temperature silicon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Physics Letters
StatePublished - 27 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


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