Category archives: DIPC Interfaces

Charge transfer and symmetry affect π-magnetic nanostructures

Charge transfer and symmetry affect π-magnetic nanostructures

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Whenever an electric current flows a magnetic field is produced; as the orbital motion and the spin of atomic electrons are equivalent to tiny current loops, individual atoms create magnetic fields around them, when their orbital electrons have a net magnetic moment as a result of their angular momentum. The magnetic moment of an atom […]

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 […]

Emergence of superconductivity in a metallic single-layer by minute electron doping

Emergence of superconductivity in a metallic single-layer by minute electron doping

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The isolation and manipulation of atomically-thin crystals have recently enabled the investigation of a wealth of exotic electronic phenomena. A remarkable example is the case of superconductivity in transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers, where the strong spin-orbit coupling, together with the lack of inversion symmetry, triggers the emergence of unconventional superconducting properties. In parallel to the […]

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 […]

Development of a barium detector for a neutrinoless double beta decay

Development of a barium detector for a neutrinoless double beta decay

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The observation of the neutrinoless double beta decay is the only practical way to establish that neutrinos are their own antiparticles. But, because of the small masses of neutrinos, the lifetime of neutrinoless double beta decay is expected to be at least ten orders of magnitude greater than the typical lifetimes of natural radioactive chains […]

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 […]

Engineering quantum states and electronic landscapes

Engineering quantum states and electronic landscapes

Condensed matterDIPC InterfacesMaterialsQuantum physics

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Surfaces are at the frontier of every solid. They provide versatile supports for functional nanostructures and mediate essential physicochemical processes. Intimately related to two-dimensional materials, interfaces and atomically thin films often feature distinct electronic states with respect to the bulk, which is key to many relevant properties, such as catalytic activity, interfacial charge-transfer, and crystal […]