Electronic and magnetic properties of Mn 12 molecular magnets on sulfonate and carboxylic acid prefunctionalized gold surfaces

Fabrizio Moro, Roberto Biagi, Valdis Corradini, Marco Evangelisti, Alessandro Gambardella, Valentina De Renzi, Umberto Del Pennino, Eugenio Coronado, Alicia Forment-Aliaga, Francisco M. Romero

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Abstract

Structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of [Mn 12O 12(bet) 16(EtOH) 4](PF 6) 14·4CH 3CN·H 2O (in short Mn 12bet, bet = betaine = +N(CH 3) 3-CH 2-COO -) single-molecule magnets (SMMs) deposited on previously functionalized gold surfaces have been investigated. Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) either of sodium mercaptoethanesulfonate (MES) or mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) are used as functionalization to avoid the direct interaction between the Mn 12bet molecules and the Au surface with the aim of preserving the main functional properties of the molecules. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) analysis show deposited Mn 12bet SMMs well-isolated from each other and uniformly distributed on both MES and MPA SAMs. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) studies show that the oxidation state of the mixed-valence Mn 12bet core is largely reduced to Mn 2+ when molecules are deposited on MES-SAM, whereas in the case of MPA-SAM the relative weights of Mn 2+, Mn 3+, and Mn 4+ in the Mn 12bet core are preserved. Despite the substantial retaining of their electronic properties, the magnetization of Mn 12bet molecules deposited on MPA-SAM measured by X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) is perturbed with respect to the pristine molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14936-14942
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Volume116
Issue number28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 19 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Energy(all)

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