Scanning probe microscopy of polymeric methyltrioxorhenium


  • This work was supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Kommission zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung, and the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie (Ph. D. Scholarship for M. R. M. ). The support of H. Güntherodt (University of Basel) is gratefully acknowledged.


The surface of polymeric methyltrioxorhenium (poly-MTO), which is an intercalation compound with water layers as the guest in a lamellar host lattice, is shown by scanning probe techniques to consist of randomly intersecting crystalline regions with small crystallite facets. The edges of these facets exhibit steps (see Figure), the size of which can be explained in terms of the layered structure.

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