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Metal-organic molecule-metal nano-junctions: a close contact between first-principles simulations and experiments

Abstract : The realization of metal-molecule junctions for future electronic devices relies on our ability to assemble these heterogeneous objects at a molecular level and understand their structure and the behavior of the electronic states at the interface. Delocalized interface states near the metal Fermi level are a key ingredient for tailoring charge injection, and such a delocalization depends on a large number of chemical, structural and morphological parameters, all influencing the spatial extension of the electron wavefunctions. Our large-scale dynamical simulations, combined with experiments, show that a double-decker organometallic compound (ferrocene) can be deposited on a Cu(111) surface, providing an ideal system to investigate the adsorption, the interface states and localized spin states at a metal-organometallic interface. Adsorbed ferrocene is shown to have a peculiar pattern and realizes a 2D-like interface state strongly resembling Shockley's surface state of Cu. By a subsequent deposition of single metal atoms on the adsorbed ferrocene, we analyze the sensitivity of the interface state to local modifications of the interface potential. This provides an insight into adsorption, spin configuration and charge redistribution processes, showing how to tune the electron behavior at a metal-molecule interface.
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D. Mbongo Djimbi, S. Le Roux, C. Massobrio, M. Boero. Metal-organic molecule-metal nano-junctions: a close contact between first-principles simulations and experiments. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, IOP Publishing, 2014, 26, pp.104206. ⟨10.1088/0953-8984/26/10/104206⟩. ⟨in2p3-01010812⟩

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