Quinacridone on Ag(111): Hydrogen Bonding versus Chirality
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Quinacridone (QA) has recently gained attention as an organic semiconductor with unexpectedly high performance in organic devices. The strong intermolecular connection via hydrogen bonds is expected to promote good structural order. When deposited on a substrate, another relevant factor comes into play, namely the 2D-chirality of the quinacridone molecules adsorbed on a surface. Scanning Tunneling microscopy (STM) images of monolayer quinacridone on Ag(111) deposited at room temperature reveal the formation of quasi-one-dimensional rows of parallel quinacridone molecules. These rows are segmented into short stacks of a few molecules in which
adjacent, flat-lying molecules of a single handedness are linked via hydrogen bonds. After annealing to a temperature of T = 550-570 K, which is close to the Sublimation temperature of bulk quinacridone, the structure changes into a stacking of heterochiral quinacridone dimers with a markedly different intermolecular arrangement. Electron diffraction (LEED) and photoelectron emission microscopy (PEEM) data corroborate the STM findings. These results illustrate how the effects of hydrogen bonding and chirality
can compete and give rise to very different (meta)stable structures of quinacridone on surfaces.