Angelika Kühnle

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Non-contact atomic force microscopy is used to study C(60) molecules deposited on the rutile TiO(2)(110) surface in situ at room temperature. At submonolayer coverages, molecules adsorb preferentially at substrate step edges. Upon increasing coverage, ordered islands grow from the decorated step edges onto the lower terraces. Simultaneous imaging of(More)
Stereochemistry plays a central role in controlling molecular recognition and interaction: the chemical and biological properties of molecules depend not only on the nature of their constituent atoms but also on how these atoms are positioned in space. Chiral specificity is consequently fundamental in chemical biology and pharmacology and has accordingly(More)
We report on the controlled lateral manipulations of adsorbed single diiodobenzene molecules on the Cu(111) surface with a scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) tip at 20 K. The molecular motions in this experiment are mainly induced by the attractive interaction between the tip and the molecule. Even though the leading manipulation mode is ‘pulling’, a(More)
Calcite, the most stable polymorph of calcium carbonate, is one of the most abundant simple salts in the geological environment. Consequently, its natural (1014) cleavage plane has been studied extensively by a wide range of surface-sensitive techniques, giving indications for two reconstructions, namely a (2 × 1) and a so-called 'row-pairing'(More)
Air-cleaved mica surfaces exhibit a high density of nanometer or micrometer size particles that have been ascribed to potassium carbonate formed as a reaction product of carbonaceous gases with potassium ions. Unambiguous evidence for this assignment has, however, never been presented. We study air-cleaved mica surfaces by high-resolution noncontact atomic(More)
The interaction of largish molecules with metal surfaces has been studied by combining the imaging and manipulation capabilities of the scanning tunneling microscope (STM). At the atomic scale, the STM results directly reveal that the adsorption of a largish organic molecule can induce a restructuring of a metal surface underneath. This restructuring(More)
Colloidal suspensions are susceptible to gravitationally induced phase separation. This can be mitigated by the formation of a particle network caused by depletion attraction. The effectiveness of this network in supporting the buoyant weight of the suspension can be characterized by its compressional modulus. We measure the compressional modulus for(More)
Muscovite mica is an important mineral that has become a standard substrate, due to its easy cleavage along the {001} planes, revealing a very flat surface that is compatible with many biological materials. Here we study mica surfaces by dynamic atomic force microscopy (AFM) operated in the non-contact mode (NC-AFM) under ultra-high vacuum (UHV) conditions.(More)
On-surface synthesis in ultrahigh vacuum provides a promising strategy for creating thermally and chemically stable molecular structures at surfaces. The two-dimensional confinement of the educts, the possibility of working at higher (or lower) temperatures in the absence of solvent, and the templating effect of the surface bear the potential of preparing(More)
Calcite (CaCO3) is one of the most abundant minerals on earth and plays an important role in a wide range of different fields including, for example, biomineralization and environmental geochemistry. Consequently, surface processes and reactions such as dissolution and growth as well as (macro)molecule adsorption are of greatest interest for both applied as(More)