Phthalocyanine interfaces: the monolayer region
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Organic molecules adsorbed on inorganic substrates are the topics of interest in this thesis. Interfaces of this kind are found in dye sensitized solar cells that convert solar energy to electricity, a promising environmentally friendly energy source which might provide a route to replace fossil fuels. Another field where these interfaces play a role is in molecular electronics, an approach to solve the down scaling in the ever increasing hunt for miniaturized electronic devices. The motivation for this work lies among other in these applications and surface science is a suitable approach to investigate the electronic and morphologic properties of the interfaces as it provides detailed knowledge on an atomic level.
Phthalocyanines are the organic molecules investigated and the inorganic substrates range from wide band gap via narrow band gap semiconductors to metals. Photoelectron and X-ray spectroscopy experiments are performed to shed light on the electronic properties of the adsorbed molecules and the substrate, as well as the chemical interaction between adsorbate and substrate at the interface. The ordering of the adsorbate at the interface is important as ordered molecular thin films may have other properties than amorphous films due to the anisotropic electronic properties of the organic molecules; this is investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy.
We find that the phthalocyanines are affected by adsorption when the substrate is TiO2 or Ag, where charge transfer from the molecule occurs or an interface state is formed respectively. The molecules are adsorbed flat on these surfaces giving a large contact area and a relatively strong bond. On Ag, ordered structures appear with different symmetry depending on initial coverage. The reactivity of the TiO2 surface is not ideal in the solar cell application and by modifying the surface with a thin organic layer, the negative influence on the adsorbed phthalocyanine is reduced. ZnO is not as reactive as TiO2, thanks maybe to the upright adsorption mode of the phthalocyanines. The semiconductor InSb is less reactive leading to self-assembled molecular structures on the (001) surface, either homogenously distributed in a one monolayer thick film or in strands along the reconstruction rows. InAs on the other hand has a larger influence on the adsorbed molecules resulting in a metallic film upon thermal treatment.
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Stockholm: KTH , 2007. , 68 p.
phthalocyanine, III-V semiconductor, transition metal oxides, adsorption, self-assembly
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4571ISBN: 978-91-7178-784-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-4571DiVA: diva2:12916
2007-12-18, N2, electrum 3, Isafjordsgatan 28, Kista, 10:00
Fahlman, Mats, Prof
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