Valentina de Renzi

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The two-dimensional self-assembly of a terbium(III) double-decker phthalocyanine on highly oriented pyrolitic graphite (HOPG) was studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM), and it was shown that it forms highly regular rectangular two-dimensional nanocrystals on the surface, that are aligned with the graphite symmetry axes, in which the molecules are(More)
The magnetic and electronic properties of single-molecule magnets are studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism. We study the magnetic coupling of ultrathin Co and Ni films that are epitaxially grown onto a Cu(100) substrate, to an in situ deposited submonolayer of TbPc2 molecules. Because of the element specificity of(More)
The role of molecular dipole moment, charge transfer, and Pauli repulsion in determining the work-function change (Deltaphi) at organic-metal interfaces has been elucidated by a combined experimental and theoretical study of (CH(3)S)(2)/Au(111) and CH(3)S/Au(111). Comparison between experiment and theory allows us to determine the origin of the interface(More)
We have isolated at T < 150 K a weakly adsorbed dimethyl disulfide (DMDS) layer on Au(111) and studied how the vibrational states, S core hole level shifts, valence band photoemission, and work function measurements evolve upon transforming this system into chemisorbed methylthiolate (MT) self-assembled monolayers (SAM) by heating above 200 K. By combining(More)
We show, by complementary spectroscopic and STM analysis, that Cr(7)Ni derivatives are suitable to be sublimed in UHV conditions. Cr(7)Ni-bu weakly bonds to gold surface and can diffuse relatively freely on it, forming monolayers with hexagonal 2D packing. Conversely, by adding a functional thiol group to the central dibutylamine, a covalent bond between(More)
Electrostatic interactions drive the adsorption of polycationic single-molecule magnets onto anionic monolayers self-assembled on gold surfaces. Well-isolated magnetic clusters have been deposited and characterized using scanning tunneling microscopy and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy.
A study of the deposition of heterometallic antiferromagnetically coupled rings onto gold surfaces is reported. Two new {Cr7Ni} rings, [NH2nPr2][Cr7NiF8(3-tpc)16] (1) (where 3-tpc=3-thiophenecarboxylate) and [nBuNH2CH2CH2SH] [Cr7NiF8(O2CtBu)16] (2) have been made and structurally characterized. They have been deposited from the liquid phase on Au(111) and(More)
We investigate the electronic and magnetic properties of \ce{TbPc2} single ion magnets adsorbed on a graphene/Ni(111) substrate, by density-functional theory (DFT), ab-initio complete active space self-consistent field calculations, and x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) experiments. Despite the presence of the graphene decoupling layer a sizable(More)
We report on a comparative study of electronic and magnetic properties of Mn6 single-molecule magnets (SMMs) grafted on gold surface. Two derivatives with spin-ground states S=4 and S=12 have been functionalized with 3-tp-CO2- (3-thiophene carboxylate, tpc) ligands and characterized as thick films (TFs) as well as sub-monolayers (sMLs) by synchrotron based(More)