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Keywords:

  • electronic structure;
  • phthalocyanines;
  • scanning probe microscopy;
  • thin films;
  • tin

Abstract

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Heads or tails? The evolution of structural and electronic properties of tin–phthalocyanine films has been analyzed for sub-monolayer to multilayer coverage using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. Two molecular conformations are observed: randomly dispersed for the first layer, and islands with a single conformation in subsequent layers.