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EPSRC Reference: GR/R01880/01
Title: Correlating the Properties of Adsorbed Buckyballs. a Synchrotron-Based Multi-Technique Approach
Principal Investigator: Moriarty, Professor PJ
Other Investigators:
Dennis, Dr T Beton, Professor PH Hunt, Dr MRC
Jones, Dr FH Chesters, Professor MA
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University of Sussex
Department: Sch of Physics & Astronomy
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 23 February 2001 Ends: 22 November 2004 Value (£): 181,149
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Surfaces & Interfaces
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics
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A burgeoning area of condensed matter physics that is currently attracting widespread interest is the bottom up fabrication of nanoscale structures based on small assemblies of molecules. The investigation of the electrical and optical properties of both these molecular nanostructures and individual molecules with play a central and pervasive role in 21st century physics and chemistry. An area of particular interest is the correlation of the electrical transport and optical properties of adsorbed molecules with a range of adsorption-related parameters including molecule-surface bonding, intermolecular interactions and molecular conformation. We propose a series of synchrotron-based experiments to support our scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and nanoscale electrical contacting measurements in Nottingham. The synchrotron experiments (core-level and valence band photoelectron spectroscopy, near edge x-ray absorption and infra-red spectroscopy) will provide important chemical, electronic, structural and vibrational information that will be invaluable in the interpretation of our STM, STM-based molecular manipulation and electrical transport measurements.
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