Buckybowls on Metal Surfaces: Symmetry Mismatch and Enantiomorphism of Corannulene on Cu(110)


  • Financial support by the Schweizerischer Nationalfonds is gratefully acknowledged. XPD experiments were performed at the Swiss Light Source (SLS), Paul-Scherrer Institute, Villingen, Switzerland.


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Fivefold versus twofold: Symmetry-breaking interactions in the monolayer of the buckybowl corannulene on Cu(110) lead to the formation of extended mirror domains (see picture). The molecules are adsorbed in a tilted geometry with the bowl opening pointing away from the surface.