On-surface hydrogenation of Buckybowls
Functionalization of surfaces with derivatives of Buckminsterfullerene fragment molecules seems to be a promising approach toward bottom-up fabrication of carbon nanotube modified electrode surfaces. The modification of a Cu(100) surface with molecules of the buckybowl pentaindenocorannulene has been studied by means of scanning tunneling microscopy, carbon monoxide-modified noncontact atomic force microscopy, time-of-flight secondary mass spectrometry, and quantum chemical calculations. Two different adsorbate modes are identified, in which the majority is oriented such that the bowl cavity points away from the surface and the convex side is partially immersed into a four-atom vacancy in the Cu(100) surface.
C. Wäckerlin, A. Gallardo, A. Mairena, M. Baljozović, A. Cahlík, A. Antalík, J. Brabec, L. Veis, D. Nachtigallová, P. Jelínek and K-H.Ernst