Category archives: DIPC Electronic Properties

Efficient on-surface Ullmann-like reaction on poorly reactive surfaces

Efficient on-surface Ullmann-like reaction on poorly reactive surfaces

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The way a particular reaction proceeds, described in terms of the steps involved, is called mechanism. The study of organic chemistry is, to a great extent, the study of reaction mechanisms and textbooks content both their description and their applications. But something has come to revolutionize the world of mechanisms: surface chemistry. On-surface synthesis is […]

Epitaxial films of a transition metal dihalide grown on gold

Epitaxial films of a transition metal dihalide grown on gold

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Magnetic two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors have attracted a lot of attention because modern preparation techniques are capable of providing single crystal films of these materials with precise control of thickness down to the single-layer limit. It opens up a way to study a rich variety of electronic and magnetic phenomena with promising routes towards potential applications […]

The relationship between molecule positioning and friction at the atomic level

The relationship between molecule positioning and friction at the atomic level

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Friction, an everyday phenomenon, has perplexed scientists for centuries. Though extensively researched, our understanding remains fragmented, primarily due to the multifaceted interactions that span across varying scales. Achieving an accurate grasp of the precise contact conditions between objects has been a longstanding challenge, a feat recently made possible through advancements in scanning probe microscopy. Yet […]

A new qubit platform, created atom by atom

A new qubit platform, created atom by atom

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An international research team has presented a new quantum platform based on the electron spin of single atoms on a solid surface, achieving a ‘multiple qubit (quantum bit)’ system using three electron spins. Unlike previous atomic quantum devices on surfaces where only a single qubit could be controlled, the researchers have successfully demonstrated the ability […]

Synthesis of thioether polymers on Au(111)

Synthesis of thioether polymers on Au(111)

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Organic compounds of sulphur that contain the group -S- linked to two hydrocarbons are known as thioethers. This alternative name to sulphides comes from the fact that they are analogues of ethers in which the oxygen is replaced by a sulphur; thioethers are generally more reactive than ethers, though. The formation of thioether structures increases […]

Molecular bridges as tools to engineer quantum transport in nanoporous graphene

Molecular bridges as tools to engineer quantum transport in nanoporous graphene

DIPC Electronic PropertiesDIPC Quantum Systems

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At the nanoscale, even the most basic quantum size effect, the induction of semiconducting gaps by electron confinement, requires ultimate precision. The case of graphene is a dramatic example, where deviations of a single atom in width can induce dramatic variations of the gap. As a consequence, local defects or variations in width can severely […]

Synergistic effects of electrostatic bonds in a self-assembled molecule

Synergistic effects of electrostatic bonds in a self-assembled molecule

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One feature of supramolecular chemistry is that of self-assembly, in which the structure forms spontaneously as a consequence of the nature of the molecules. Weak non-covalent bonds are fundamental for designing self-assembled organic structures with potentially high responsiveness to mechanical, light, and thermal stimuli. The contributions of multiple weak interactions control the ability of the […]

Controlling the magnetic anisotropy of a transition metal complex

Controlling the magnetic anisotropy of a transition metal complex

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As candidates for high-density data storage and quantum computation, magnetic transition metal complexes have attracted extensive attention. It has been established that the atomic surroundings of the magnetic ions play a significant role and govern the magnetism of these magnetic complexes. One feature in particular, magnetic anisotropy, which describes the preferential orientation of the magnetic […]

Kinetic modelling of catalysis for the Ostwald process

Kinetic modelling of catalysis for the Ostwald process

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A catalyst is a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change. The study of enzymes has provided us many of the prototypical concepts of catalysis, including the idea that a catalyst lowers the barrier to reaction and thereby accelerates the approach to chemical equilibrium, without altering […]

A formidable characterization tool for one-dimensional metal−organic chains

A formidable characterization tool for one-dimensional metal−organic chains

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One-dimensional metal−organic chains often possess a complex magnetic structure, susceptible to modification by alteration of their chemical composition. The possibility to tune their magnetic properties provides an interesting playground to explore quasi-particle interactions in low-dimensional systems. These systems have potential applications in the fabrication of nanodevices for spin sensing, spintronics, quantum computing based on the […]