Michael Büttner

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Clarifying the nature of interactions between metal electrodes and organic molecules still represent one of the challenging problems in molecular electronics that needs to be solved in order to optimize electron transport through a molecular device. For this purpose, electronic properties at metal-molecule interfaces were studied by combining experimental(More)
The thermal stability of thiol-passivated gold colloids has been studied by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Different colloids were chemically synthesized with thiol lengths from 3 to 8, and 16 carbon atoms. Depending on the synthesis parameters, the mean gold particle size varied from 1.6 to 4.9 nm for the particular colloid.(More)
Gold nanoclusters of a size approaching the molecular limit (<3 nm) were prepared on Si substrates in order to study alloy formation on the nanometer scale. For this purpose, indium atoms are deposited on top of the gold particles at room temperature and the formation of AuIn(2) is studied by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in situ. It is observed that the(More)
The photoluminescence (PL) of TiO(2) at 529.5 nm (2.34 eV) has been found to be a sensitive indicator of UV-induced band structure modification. As UV irradiation occurs, the positive surface potential changes and shifts the depth of the depletion layer. In addition, reversible band bending due to the adsorption of the electron-donor NH(3) and CO molecules(More)
A novel IR method for measuring the kinetics of N(2)O photodecomposition has been devised and used to calibrate the flux of Lyman-alpha (10.2 eV) radiation from a H(2)/Ar microwave discharge lamp. The photodecomposition of N(2)O occurs with a weak pressure dependence due to the operation of a wall effect consuming some photogenerated active oxygen species.(More)
Bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) two-dimensional (2D) nanosheets prepared by van der Waals epitaxy were successfully detached, transferred, and suspended for nano-indentation measurements to be performed on freestanding circular nanosheets. The Young's modulus acquired by fitting linear elastic behaviors of 26 samples (thickness: 5-14 nm) is only 11.7-25.7 GPa,(More)
The growth of Au clusters on a fullerene thin film was investigated by in situ photoelectron spectroscopy in the ultraviolet (UPS) and x-ray (XPS) regime. Due to its highly corrugated surface fullerene films provide a wide range of bonding sites which could be exploited as molecular templates and serve to create a cluster superstructure. To gain insight(More)
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