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dc.contributor.authorDiez, Juan
dc.contributor.authorKorolkov, Vladimir
dc.contributor.authorBeton, Peter
dc.contributor.otherWatanabe, Kenji
dc.contributor.otherTaniguchi, Takashi
dc.contributor.otherBaldoni, Matteo
dc.contributor.otherBesley, Elena
dc.description.abstractWe have investigated the adsorption of hexacontane (C60 H122) on hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The molecules can be deposited either by sublimation or from solution and form lamellar rows with dimensions of the order of 0.1 - 1 µm in three different rotational domains. High-resolution AFM images reveal that, similar to alkanes on graphite, the molecules are adsorbed parallel to the lattice vectors of hBN and we show using molecular mechanics that this corresponds to the lowest energy configuration. Lamellar rows with the same periodicity are observed even when several layers of hexacontane are deposited, although there is some orientational disorder in these multilayers. We also observe heat-induced modification of hexacontane including re-crystallization. We compare our results with recent X-ray studies of alkane adsorption on hBN and discuss the possible role of alkanes on steering molecular self-assembly on hBN.en_UK
dc.publisherThe University of Nottinghamen_UK
dc.subject.lcshBoron nitrideen_UK
dc.subject.lcshAtomic force microscopyen_UK
dc.titleThe Adsorption of hexacontane on hexagonal boron nitrideen_UK
dc.subject.freeBoron nitride, hexacontane, molecular deposition, probe microscopy, surface physicsen_UK
dc.subject.jacsPhysical sciencesen_UK
uon.divisionUniversity of Nottingham, UK Campus::Faculty of Science::School of Physics and Astronomyen_UK
uon.datatypeScanning probe microscopy imagesen_UK
uon.funder.freeEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Councilen_UK
uon.funder.freeLeverhulme Trusten_UK
uon.collectionmethodAsylum Cypher Atomic Force Microscopeen_UK
uon.rightscontactUniversity of Nottinghamen_UK
uon.institutes-centresUniversity of Nottingham, UK Campusen_UK

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