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Title: Hydrogen bonded nanostructures on surfaces : STM, XPS and electrospray deposition
Author: Swarbrick, Janine Cathy
ISNI:       0000 0001 3493 5611
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2006
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Molecules adsorbed on surfaces can show fascinating characteristics and properties. In particular the assembly of molecules into ordered arrays on surfaces is of great interest, whether one considers possible commercial applications or fundamental physical interactions. Specifically, the mediation of ordered molecular arrangements via hydrogen bonding yields many interesting structures. This thesis focusses primarily on the importance of hydrogen bonding between molecules on surfaces in ultra high vacuum (UHV), and how these interactions govern ordered phase formation. Scanning tunnelling microscopy is used to investigate the planar perylene derivative PTCDA on the hexagonal Ag-Si(111) (sqrt 3) * (sqrt 3)R30^o surface alone, with C_{60}, and with melamine. Interesting molecular architectures are observed including a square PTCDA arrangement, and a PTCDA-melamine hexagonal network which contains both stabilising hydrogen bonds and potentially repulsive interactions. Hydrogen bonding systems of pyridinecarboxylic acids on rutile TiO_2 have been studied using photoemission spectroscopy. Ordered films of isonicotinic acid were investigated using valence band photoemission, and an angular dependence is observed in valence band spectra as the angle between the sample and the incoming light is changed. Biisonicotinic acid was also studied on TiO_2 and on gold using core level photoemission to determine how it bonds to these surfaces; it is thought to chemisorb to both TiO_2 and gold through its carboxylic acid groups in an upright orientation. Some large or fragile molecules cannot be sublimed in vacuum for deposition as they fragment. Another research focus has been the development of a technique for depositing non-volatile molecules in vacuum directly from solution. Concepts of electrospray ionisation have been used in the development of a vacuum electrospray deposition system. The molecule is dissolved or suspended in solution and electrosprayed directly into a vacuum environment, with the result that molecules of interest are deposited on a sample without fragmentation or corruption. The samples may then be investigated with vacuum based techniques such as scanning tunnelling microscopy and photoemission spectroscopy.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)