Stripe-Like hBN Monolayer Template for Self-Assembly and Alignment of Pentacene Molecules

Valeria Chesnyak, Marc G. Cuxart, Daniel Baranowski, Knud Seufert, Iulia Cojocariu, Matteo Jugovac, Vitaliy Feyer, Willi Auwärter

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Metallic surfaces with unidirectional anisotropy are often used to guide the self-assembly of organic molecules along a particular direction. Such supports thus offer an avenue for the fabrication of hybrid organic–metal interfaces with tailored morphology and precise elemental composition. Nonetheless, such control often comes at the expense of detrimental interfacial interactions that might quench the pristine properties of molecules. Here, hexagonal boron nitride grown on Ir(100) is introduced as a robust platform with several coexisting 1D stripe-like moiré superstructures that effectively guide unidirectional self-assemblies of pentacene molecules, concomitantly preserving their pristine electronic properties. In particular, highly-aligned longitudinal arrays of equally-oriented molecules are formed along two perpendicular directions, as demonstrated by comprehensive scanning tunneling microscopy and photoemission characterization performed at the local and non-local scale, respectively. The functionality of the template is demonstrated by photoemission tomography, a surface-averaging technique requiring a high degree of orientational order of the probed molecules. The successful identification of pentacene's pristine frontier orbitals underlines that the template induces excellent long-range molecular ordering via weak interactions, preventing charge transfer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2304803
Issue number7
StatePublished - 15 Feb 2024


  • 1D template
  • decoupling layer
  • hexagonal boron nitride
  • pentacene
  • photoemission tomography
  • scanning tunneling microscopy


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