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Electronic Structure and Bonding of an Ionic Molecular Adsorbate: c-C5H5 on Cu{111}

Sacchi, M, Jenkins, SJ, Hedgeland, H, Jardine, AP and Hinch, BJ (2011) Electronic Structure and Bonding of an Ionic Molecular Adsorbate: c-C5H5 on Cu{111} Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115 (32). pp. 16134-16141.

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Abstract

Self-assembled monolayers containing conjugated π systems find application in organic electronics to functionalize and modify the electronic properties of metals and metal oxides. Isolated cyclopentadienyl is an aromatic molecular anion similar in size to benzene that, unlike benzene, adsorbs quite strongly even on coinage metal surfaces. In this study, the electronic structure, bonding, and minimum energy configuration of cyclopentadienyl (c-C5H5 or Cp) adsorbed on Cu{111} are calculated via first-principles density functional theory (DFT). The Cu{111} surface has been modeled within a (2√3 × 2√3)R30° cell, and the adsorbed Cp has been found to reside preferentially on the hollow sites, with a binding energy of 1.73 eV. Electronic population analysis reveals a net charge transfer of ∼1.1 electrons from the metal to the Cp, indicating that the adsorption is dominated by ionic bonding. The surface diffusion barrier between two adjacent hollow sites was calculated to be 55 meV, in good agreement with previously reported measurements by helium spin echo (HeSE) spectroscopy. It was found that lateral interactions do not significantly influence the binding energy and mobility of the adsorbate. The physical–chemical properties of this strongly bound but weakly mutually interacting molecular adsorbate suggest that Cp could become a model system for ionically adsorbed molecular adsorbates.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Chemistry
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Sacchi, Mm.sacchi@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Jenkins, SJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hedgeland, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jardine, APUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hinch, BJUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 17 July 2011
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1021/jp2049537
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2011 American Chemical Society
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 13:56
Last Modified : 18 May 2017 12:53
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/840864

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