A New Mechanism for Surface-Diffusion - Motion of a Substrate-Adsorbate Complex


Stephan J. Stranick, Atul N. Parikh, David L. Allara, Paul S. Weiss, Journal of Physical Chemistry 98, 11136 (1994)

We propose a new mechanism for diffusion of surface adsorbates in which motion of the substrate atoms to which the adsorbates are attached results in the motion of the substrate-adsorbate complex. We show an experimental example-the motion of self-assembled monolayers of CH3O2C(CH2)(15)SH on gold which we have observed by time-lapse imaging using scanning tunneling microscopy. This mechanism is also used to explain previous data for motion of Cu-O complexes on the Cu{110} surface.

DOI: 10.1021/j100094a024