STM manipulation of a subphthalocyanine double-wheel molecule on Au(111)
A. Nickel, J. Meyer, R. Ohmann, H.-P. Jacquot de Rouville, G. Rapenne, F. Ample, C. Joachim, G. Cuniberti, and F. Moresco
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 24, 404001 (2012)
A new class of double-wheel molecules is manipulated on a Au(111) surface by the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) at low temperature. The double-wheel molecule consists of two subphthalocyanine wheels connected by a central rotation carbon axis. Each of the subphthalocyanine wheels has a nitrogen tag to monitor its intramolecular rolling during an STM manipulation sequence. The position of the tag can be followed by STM, allowing us to distinguish between the different lateral movements of the molecule on the surface when manipulated by the STM tip.