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Antiphase Boundaries Accumulation Forming a New C60 Decoupled Crystallographic Phase on the Rutile TiO2(110)-(1 × 1) Surface

AuthorsSánchez-Sánchez, Carlos ; Martínez, José I. ; Lanzilotto, Valeria; Méndez, Javier ; Martín-Gago, José A. ; López, María Francisca
Issue Date5-Nov-2014
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
CitationJournal of Physical Chemistry C 118(47): 27318-27324 (2014)
AbstractC60 on the rutile TiO2(110)-(1 × 1) surface is known to present a well-ordered p(5 × 2) surface phase. We have identified another crystallographic phase on this surface characterized by a large unit cell containing four C60 molecules. This phase, which exhibits four inequivalent C60 adsorption sites with just two different molecular orientations, is herein explained in terms of an accumulation of the so-called antiphase boundaries. Among the a priori ten possible antiphase boundary domains, only three of them can result in possible long-range structures attending to geometrical and energetic considerations. In order to fully characterize the structure and energetics of this new C60/TiO2(110)-(1 × 1) phase, an adequate combination of STM and accurate density functional theory based calculations, including an efficient self-consistent implementation of the vdW interaction, has been used. Results suggest that this new phase is the most stable among all the possible antiphase boundary domains. On the other hand, this work rationalizes and enforces the idea of the prevalence of the intermolecular vdW over the molecule–substrate interactions in this particular organic–inorganic interface, which sets TiO2 as an ideal substrate for decoupled systems.
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp5070962
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