Adsorption of a single molecule of a diarylethene photochromic dye on Cu(111)

Christophe Coudret, Gonzalo Guirado, Nicolas Estrampes, Roland Coratger

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On the route to single (large) molecule unimolecular chemistry, the adsorption of a photochromic dithienylethene dye on Cu(111) at a submonolayer level has been studied by Ultra High Vacuum-Scanning Tunneling Microscopy at Low Temperature. This technique has shown that the observed adsorbed molecule's shape is compatible with an helical conformation but has also revealed a surrounding electronic corrugation due to the perturbed surface states. Careful examination of the standing wave pattern indicated that only a part of the molecule is indeed interacting with the metallic substrate. Geometric considerations were used to infer that the bridging ethene moiety could be responsible for the electronic scattering. Scanning Tunneling Spectroscopy has shown a substantial amount of charge transfer from the surface to the adsorbate. The hypothesis that this precise double bond is a reactive locus toward charge transfer processes is confirmed by the electrochemical results: this double bond is indeed reduced upon coulometric reduction on glassy carbon. Furthermore, the use of a copper cathode strongly facilitates the reduction since a +0.6 V shift was recorded. © 2011 the Owner Societies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20946-20953
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2011


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