Submolecular AFM Imaging and Spectroscopy on Single Molecules Using KolibriSensorTM and Cantilevers
Title: Submolecular AFM Imaging and Spectroscopy on Single Molecules Using KolibriSensorTM and Cantilevers.
When: Monday, October 17, (2016), 12:00.
Place: Departamento de Física Teórica de la Materia Condensada, Facultad Ciencias, Module 5, Seminar Room (5th Floor).
Speaker: Tomoko K. Shimizu, Research Center for Advanced Measurement and Characterization National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Tsukuba, Japan.
Submolecular imaging using frequency-modulation (FM) atomic force microscopy (AFM) has recently been established as a stunning technique to reveal the chemical structure of unknown molecules, to characterize intra-molecular charge distributions, and to observe chemical transformations. So far, most of these feats were achieved on planar molecules using the so-called qPlus sensor, a specially designed quartz AFM sensor. The KolibriSensor, another type of quartz AFM sensor, is also expected to be capable of high-resolution imaging, but only very few experimental results have been reported to date.
Here, we present submolecular resolution images and spectroscopic data on single molecules of a porphycene derivative  using small oscillation amplitudes with KolibriSensors. Force volume measurements with CO-functionalized probes  revealed features that may be related to the isomers of porphycene molecules. We also report a novel imaging method to achieve submolecular resolution on three-dimensional molecules and structures using a silicon (Si) cantilever-based AFM operated with large oscillation amplitudes. At variance with previous implementations, this method allowed us to simultaneously image both intra-molecular structures and the atomic arrangement of the substrate . Force volume measurements over C60 molecules clarified the validity of our method to achieve submolecular resolution .
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