Novel surface diffusion characteristics for a robust pentacene derivative on Au(111) surfaces

RA Miller and A Larson and K Pohl, CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS, 678, 28-34 (2017).

DOI: 10.1016/j.cplett.2017.04.018

Molecular dynamics simulations have been performed in both the ab initio and classical mechanics frameworks of 5,6,7-trithiapentacene-13-one (TFPO) molecules on flat Au(1 1 1) surfaces. Results show new surface diffusion characteristics including a strong preference for the molecule to align its long axis parallel to the sixfold Au(1 1 1) symmetry directions and subsequently diffuse along these close-packed directions, and a calculated activation energy for diffusion of 0.142 eV, about four times larger than that for pure pentacene on Au. The temperature- dependent diffusion coefficients were calculated to help quantify the molecular mobility during the experimentally observed process of forming self-assembled monolayers on gold electrodes. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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