On-surface synthesis and characterization of super-nonazethrene

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This record contains data to support the findings discussed in our recent work on the synthesis and characterization of super-nonazethrene. Beginning with the early work of Clar et al. in 1955, zethrenes and their laterally-extended homologues, super-zethrenes, have been intensively studied in the solution phase, and are widely investigated as optical and charge transport materials. Super-zethrenes are also considered to exhibit an open-shell ground state. Zethrenes may thus serve as model compounds to investigate nanoscale π-magnetism. However, their synthesis is extremely challenging due to their high reactivity. In the work we report here a combined in-solution and on-surface synthesis of the hitherto largest zethrene homologue – super-nonazethrene – on Au(111). Using single-molecule scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, we show that super-nonazethrene exhibits an open-shell singlet ground state featuring a large spin polarization-driven electronic gap of 1 eV. We obtain real-space maps of the frontier molecular orbitals, and find that they correspond to singly occupied molecular orbitals. In consistence with the emergence of an open-shell ground state, high-resolution tunneling spectroscopy reveals inelastic singlet-triplet spin excitations in super-nonazethrene, characterized by a strong intramolecular magnetic exchange coupling of 51 meV. Further insights are gained by mean-field and many-body perturbation theory calculations. Given the paucity of zethrene chemistry on surfaces, our results therefore provide unprecedented access to large open-shell zethrene compounds amenable to scanning probe measurements, with potential application in molecular spintronics.

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DOI https://doi.org/10.24435/materialscloud:j7-51
Source https://archive.materialscloud.org/record/2021.151
Metadata Access https://archive.materialscloud.org/xml?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=oai_dc&identifier=oai:materialscloud.org:851
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Creator Turco, Elia; Mishra, Shantanu; Melidonie, Jason; Eimre, Kristjan; Obermann, Sebastian; Pignedoli, Carlo A.; Fasel, Roman; Feng, Xinliang; Ruffieux, Pascal
Publisher Materials Cloud
Publication Year 2021
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Language English
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Discipline Materials Science and Engineering