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Chirality Change of Chloronitrobenzene on Au(111) Induced by Inelastic Electron Tunneling

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  • Violeta Simic-Milosevic Dr.,

    1. Institut für Festkörperphysik, Abteilung Atomare und Molekulare Strukturen (ATMOS), Leibniz Universität Hannover, Appelstrasse 2, 30167 Hannover (Germany), Fax: (+49) 511-762-4877
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  • Jörg Meyer,

    1. Institut für Festkörperphysik, Abteilung Atomare und Molekulare Strukturen (ATMOS), Leibniz Universität Hannover, Appelstrasse 2, 30167 Hannover (Germany), Fax: (+49) 511-762-4877
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  • Karina Morgenstern Prof. Dr.

    1. Institut für Festkörperphysik, Abteilung Atomare und Molekulare Strukturen (ATMOS), Leibniz Universität Hannover, Appelstrasse 2, 30167 Hannover (Germany), Fax: (+49) 511-762-4877
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  • We are grateful for financial support provided by the Volkswagen Foundation within the project “Catalysis on the nanoscale: Understanding and controlling molecular action on metallic surfaces” and for support of the COST action ECCL.

Abstract

Chirality chameleon: Inelastic electron tunneling manipulation can be used to change a single chloronitrobenzene (ClNB) molecule, randomly adsorbed on Au(111), into its desired enantiomeric form (r or l, see STM images and ball-and-stick representation) and to vary its rotational orientation. The different threshold voltages for chirality change (260 mV) and rotation (380 mV) allow these processes to be induced separately.

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