Fullerene adsorption on intermetallic compounds of increasing structural complexity

Ledieu, Julian, Gaudry, Émilie, Fournée, Vincent, Smerdon, Joe orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7387-8362 and Diehl, Renee (2017) Fullerene adsorption on intermetallic compounds of increasing structural complexity. Zeitschrift für Kristallographie [Crystalline Materials] . ISSN 2194-4946

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1515/zkri-2016-2028


Compared to elemental crystals (Al, Cu, Ag, etc.), the local atomic arrangement within Al-based complex intermetallics is usually best described by highly symmetric clusters decorating the unit cell. With the latter containing tens to several thousand atoms (or an infinite number for the case of quasicrystals), this translates to structurally complex surfaces exhibiting unique potential energy landscapes. This review will focus on the different studies reporting the adsorption of C60 molecules on such complex metallic alloy surfaces, aiming to benefit from this complexity to create exotic molecular nanostructures. First, we will recall the main adsorption mechanisms and surface phases that have been identified when fullerene adsorption is carried out on single crystal surfaces. Second, we will discuss how surfaces of increasing structural complexity impact the film properties. The presence of five-fold symmetric adsorption sites is another intrinsic property of these complex intermetallic surfaces. As will be presented in this review, this leads to specific molecular orientations to maximize substrate–adsorbate symmetry matching, hence introducing another degree of freedom to create new 2-D molecular architectures. The local electronic interactions at the adsorption site interface will also be introduced. Furthermore, the different fullerene structures formed upon adsorption on aperiodic surfaces of varying chemical composition and on Bi allotropes will be discussed. Finally, suggestions will be given for future work along with the foreseen area of interests.

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