We show that, for the formation of a metallorganic monolayer, it is possible to artificially divert from substrate- to laterally-driven self-assembly mechanisms by properly tailoring the corrugation of the potential energy surface of the growth template. By exploiting the capability of an ultrathin alumina film to host metallic nanoparticle seeds, we tune the symmetry of a iron phthalocyanine (FePc) two-dimensional crystal, thus showing that it is possible to switch from trans to lateral dominating interactions in the controlled growth of an organic/inorganic heterostack. Finally, by selecting the size of the metallic clusters, we can also control the FePc−metal interaction strength.

Substrate- to Laterally-Driven Self-Assembly Steered by Cu Nanoclusters: The Case of FePcs on an Ultrathin Alumina Film

Corva, Manuel;TOMSIČ, ERIKA;Feng, Zhijing;Comelli, Giovanni;Seriani, Nicola;Peressi, Maria;Vesselli, Erik
2018-01-01

Abstract

We show that, for the formation of a metallorganic monolayer, it is possible to artificially divert from substrate- to laterally-driven self-assembly mechanisms by properly tailoring the corrugation of the potential energy surface of the growth template. By exploiting the capability of an ultrathin alumina film to host metallic nanoparticle seeds, we tune the symmetry of a iron phthalocyanine (FePc) two-dimensional crystal, thus showing that it is possible to switch from trans to lateral dominating interactions in the controlled growth of an organic/inorganic heterostack. Finally, by selecting the size of the metallic clusters, we can also control the FePc−metal interaction strength.
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