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paper in PRL and Physics

So far, the charge distribution was mostly studied by so-called Kelvin probe force microscope (Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy = KPFM), which detects change in the local work function (i.e. the energy that is needed for removal of just one electron from the surface of a solid), at the atomic level, However, for achieving the sub-molecular resolution of the charge distribution it is necessary to bring the probe close to the investigated surface. Unfortunately, the proximity of the scanning probe near the surface induces undesired artifacts in KPFM measurements that prevent precisely determine the charge distribution within a single molecule.

To solve this problem we have proposed a new measuring protocol that allows remove the aforementioned artifacts. In an article published in the journal Physical Review Letters, scientists have described a new method of detecting charge distribution, which is based on measuring the Kelvin probe force spectroscopy (Kelvin probe force spectroscopy = KPFS) for two different voltages applied to the scanning probe. The new KPFS method overcomes the shortcomings of the original KPFM method and it allows mapping the distribution of charge in the individual chemical bonds within the same molecule. Scientists have demonstrated the potential detecting the bond polarization on two very similar molecules. Namely, they investigated trimeric perfluoroortho-phenylenemercury (F12C18Hg3) and its derivate, which contains hydrogen instead of fluorine atoms (H12C18Hg3) on periphery of the molecule. Consequently, different electronegativity of hydrogen (H) or fluorine (F) gives rise to different bond polarization between carbon and hydrogen atoms (C-H) and fluorine (C-F), respectively, as shown on Fig.

The new method was published in the article in the journal Physics Review Letters, and it received a lot of attention soon. For example, the work was a subject of paper published in the journal Physics, which highlights the most important papers published in scientific journals of the American Physical Society. The importance of the work is underlined by positive reviews issued by Scientific Publishing IOP Publishing and the Royal Society of Chemistry on their websites.


Fig. (a) atomically resolved atomic force microscope image of molecules, trimeric perfluoroortho-phenylenemercury (F12C18Hg3) and its hydrogen-terminated counterpart (H12C18Hg3) on the surface of Cu (111). (b) The charge distribution simulated using quantum mechanical calculations. (c) Image of the sub-molecular charge distribution of the studied molecules obtained by the new KPFS method showing the different polarity of the chemical C-H and C-F bonds, respectively.

F. Albrecht, J. Repp, M. Fleischmann, M. Scheer, M. Ondracek, and P. Jelinek Probing Charges on the Atomic Scale by Means of Atomic Force Microscopy
Phys. Rev. Lett. 115 (2015) 076101-1 - 076101-5.