Addressing individual paramagnetic molecules through ESN-STM

M. Mannini, P. Messina, L. Sorace, L. Gorini, M. Fabrizioli, A. Caneschi, Y. Manassen, P. Sigalotti, P. Pittana, D. Gatteschi

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We present our recent efforts in the build-up of a room temperature electron spin noise scanning tunnelling microscope (ESN-STM) designed for ultra-thin molecular films investigation. We describe here the first results obtained with this system on a commercial paramagnetic molecule deposited on Au(1 1 1) surfaces, namely 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH). Further we briefly present our ongoing work on the preparation and characterization of a new class of samples for this instrumentation. These are based on the self-assembling on surfaces of functionalized organic radicals. We suggest here a complete procedure to assess a good candidate molecule for ESN-STM experiments through X-band CW-ESR, standard STM investigations and ToF-SIMS analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3837-3842
Number of pages6
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number13
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2007


  • ESN
  • ESR
  • Organic radicals
  • STM
  • Ultrathin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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