Bonding, charge rearrangement and interface dipoles of benzene, graphene, and PAH molecules on Au(111) and Cu(111)
2015 (English)In: Carbon, ISSN 0008-6223, E-ISSN 1873-3891, Vol. 81, 620-628 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We perform a theoretical study of the electronic properties of polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules, as well as benzene and graphene, adsorbed on copper and gold. The PAH molecules studied are coronene (C24H12), circumcoronene (C54H18) and circumcircumcoronene (C96H24), which we consider as gradual approximations to an infinite graphene layer. In order to understand how the size of the adsorbed PAH molecules influences the adsorbate-metal interactions, we generalize the approach used in our earlier study [Phys Rev B, 85 (2012), p. 205423] to decompose the binding energies and net charge transfers into separate contributions from specific groups of atoms, and we then show that the zigzag edges of the PAH molecules interact stronger with the metal surfaces than the armchair ones. We discuss the nature of binding in our model systems as well as the formation of interface dipoles. We show that for all model systems studied here, the charge rearrangement contribution to the interface dipoles can be expressed as the product of the charge involved in the formation of the dipole and the distance between well-defined centers of charge for electron accumulation and depletion. This distance is only marginally dependent on the specific PAH molecules, decreasing slowly with their size.
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Elsevier , 2015. Vol. 81, 620-628 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-113164DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2014.09.096ISI: 000345682900066OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-113164DiVA: diva2:780357
Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council (VR); Linkoping Linnaeus Initiative on Novel Functionalized Materials (VR); Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) [RMA11-0029]; FunMat (Functional Nanoscale Materials) - a VINN Excellence Centre (Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems VINNOVA)2015-01-142015-01-122015-05-11