Martina Corso

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A highly regular mesh of hexagonal boron nitride with a 3-nanometer periodicity and a 2-nanometer hole size was formed by self-assembly on a Rh(111) single crystalline surface. Two layers of mesh cover the surface uniformly after high-temperature exposure of the clean rhodium surface to borazine (HBNH)3. The two layers are offset in such a way as to expose(More)
Patterned metal surfaces can host electron quantum waves that display interference phenomena over distances of a few nanometres, thus providing excellent information carriers for future atomic-scale devices. Here we demonstrate that collimation and waveguiding of surface electrons can be realized in silver-induced strain dislocation networks on Cu(111)(More)
Hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) nanostructures were grown on Ru(0001), and are very similar to those previously reported on Rh(111). They show a highly regular 12 x 12 superstructure, comprising 2 nm wide apertures with a depth of about 0.1 nm. Valence band photoemission reveals two distinctly bonded h-BN species, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(More)
Vicinal Au(111) surfaces exhibit periodic faceting within a wide range of miscut angles. There, the system segregates two alternating phases with different step lattice constants d(w) and d(n). Using a curved crystal surface that allows a smooth variation of the surface orientation, we have studied, as a function of the miscut angle, the evolution of(More)
The forces between two single molecules brought into contact, and their connection with charge transport through the molecular junction, are studied here using non contact AFM, STM, and density functional theory simulations. A carbon monoxide molecule approaching an acetylene molecule (C_{2}H_{2}) initially feels weak attractive electrostatic forces, partly(More)
The influence of structural defects, in the form of step lattices, on the spin polarization of the spin-orbit split Shockley surface state of Au(111) has been investigated. Spin- and angle-resolved photoemission data from three vicinal surfaces with different step densities are presented. The spin splitting is preserved in all three cases, and there is no(More)
The two-dimensional, free-electron-like band structure of noble metal surfaces can be radically transformed by appropriate nanostructuration. A case example is the triangular dislocation network that characterizes the epitaxial Ag/Cu(111) system, which exhibits a highly featured band topology with a full band gap above E(F) and a hole-pocket-like Fermi(More)
High-temperature exposure of a Mo(110) surface to borazine (HBNH) 3 leads to the formation of two distinctly different self-assembling nanostructures. Depending on the substrate temperature during preparation , either well-aligned, ultra-thin boron nanowires or a single-layer stripe structure of hexagonal boron nitride forms. Both structures show(More)
By means of scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory calculations we demonstrate that on the Rh(110)-(10 x 2)-O surface, a prototypical multiphase surface of an oxidized transition metal model catalyst, water formation upon H2 exposure is a two-step reaction, with each step requiring special active sites. The 1st step initiates at (2 x(More)