We present a scanning tunnelling microscope study of site-specific thermal displacement (desorption or diffusion) of benzene, toluene, and chlorobenzene molecules on the Si(1 1 1)-7 × 7 surface. Through time-lapse STM imaging and automated image analysis we probe both the chemisorbed and the physisorbed states of these molecules. For the chemisorption to physisorption transition there are distinct site-specific variations in the measured rates, however their kinetic origin is ambiguous. There is also significant variation in the competing rates out of the physisorbed state into chemisorption at the various surface sites, which we attribute to differences in site-specific Arrhenius pre-factors. A prediction of the outcome of the competing rates and pre-factors for benzene over three hours matches experiment.
- scanning tunnelling microscopy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces and Interfaces
Lock, D., Sakulsermsuk, S., Palmer, R., & Sloan, P. (2014). Mapping the site-specific potential energy landscape for chemisorbed and physisorbed aromatic molecules on the Si(1 1 1)-7 × 7 surface by time-lapse STM. Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter, 27(5), . https://doi.org/10.1088/0953-8984/27/5/054003