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Investigation of Organic Supramolecules by Scanning Probe Microscopy in Ultra-High Vacuum

  • Laurent Nony
  • Enrico Gnecco
  • Ernst Meyer
Part of the NanoScience and Technology book series (NANO)

16.8 Conclusions

In conclusion, we have shown how scanning probe microscopy has been applied to investigate, isolate and manipulate different organic molecules on metal, semiconductor and insulating surfaces. The same chemical compounds give rise to different structures, depending on several factors, such as the adsorbate coverage, the substrate orientation or the temperature. Self-assembled patterns formed on the step edges of insulating surfaces — or raised from metal substrates by specifically designed molecular “legs” — can be used as molecular wires. The different conformations assumed by single molecules can be viewed as different logical states of a digital circuit. Scanning probe microscopy might become one of the essential ingredients to design future molecular electronics devices. Well-defined experiments to investigate self-assembly characteristics and to measure the mechanical and electrical properties of the individual molecules will be performed. Internal degrees of freedoms of the molecules and mechanical instabilities are rather complex phenomena, which will need both experimental and computational efforts to achieve the required degree of control of these novel molecular electronics devices.

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Image Size Scan Tunneling Microscopy Image Step Edge CuPc Molecule Scan Tunneling Microscopy Investigation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurent Nony
    • 1
  • Enrico Gnecco
    • 2
  • Ernst Meyer
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculté des Sciences de Saint-JérômeL2MP, Equipe NanostructurationMarseilleFrance
  2. 2.National Center of Competence in Research in Nanoscale ScienceUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland

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