# Study of fullerenes on Au (111) surfaces using STM

Rokni Fard, Mahroo (2018). Study of fullerenes on Au (111) surfaces using STM. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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## Abstract

A variable temperature scanning tunnelling microscope (VTSTM) was used to study (C$$_{60}$$)$$_m$$-(Au)$$_n$$ magic number clusters as well as the sputtering Au (111) surface.

Formation of C$$_{60}$$ - Au magic clusters was previously reported. Here a more in depth study of the clusters as well as conditions required to control the sizes and positions are presented. This is then followed by studies of topographical changes after sputtering Au (111) surface, with and without C$$_{60}$$ islands. Results obtained from this investigation indicated the stronger binding of broken fullerence cages with each other or the gold surface.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Supervisor(s):
Supervisor(s)EmailORCID
Guo, QuanminUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
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College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Physics and Astronomy
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/7974

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