Nano Research

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Construction of two-dimensional hydrogen clusters on Au(111) directed by phthalocyanine molecules


hydrogen, manganese phthalocyanine, Au(111), interfacial phase, scanning tunneling microscopy


ABSTRACT Low-dimensional H2 aggregates have been successfully fabricated on Au(111) surfaces and investigated by means of low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. We use manganese phthalocyanine (MnPc) molecules anchored on the Au(111) surface to efficiently collect and pin hydrogen molecules. A two-dimensional (2D) molecular hydrogen cluster is formed around the MnPc. The hydrogen cluster exhibits bias-dependent topography and spatial-dependent conductance spectra, which are rationalized by the exponentially decreasing threshold energy with distance from the central MnPc to activate the motion of the H2 molecules. This exponential drop reveals an interfacial phase behavior in the 2D cluster.

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Tsinghua University Press