Martin Ondráček

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Atomic force microscopy is capable of resolving the chemical structure of a single molecule on a surface. In previous research, such high resolution has only been obtained at low temperatures. Here we demonstrate that the chemical structure of a single molecule can be clearly revealed even at room temperature. 3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic dianhydride,(More)
Friction between two objects can be understood by the making, stretching, and breaking of thousands of atomic-scale asperities. We have probed single atoms in a nonisotropic surface [the H-terminated Si(100) surface] with a lateral force microscope operating in noncontact mode. We show that these forces are measurably different, depending upon the(More)
How electronic charge is distributed over a molecule determines to a large extent its chemical properties. Here, we demonstrate how the electrostatic force field, originating from the inhomogeneous charge distribution in a molecule, can be measured with submolecular resolution. We exploit the fact that distortions typically observed in high-resolution(More)
A new experimental method based on atomic force microscopy allows the investigation of friction at the scale of individual atoms. Everyone learns the basics of friction in high-school physics classes: the friction force experienced by a sliding object is proportional to the normal force that an object exerts on a surface. Remarkably, this extremely simple(More)
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