DFT-D Studies of Single Porphyrin Molecule on Doped Boron Silicon Surfaces



We present a theoretical study in the framework of density functional calculations, taking into account the van der Waals interactions (DFT-D) of isolated Cu-5,10,15,20-tetrakis(3,5-di-tert-butyl-phenyl) porphyrin (Cu-TBPP) molecules in a C2v conformation adsorbed on a Si(111)√3x√3R30°-boron surface [denoted Si(111)-B]. With this approach, we investigate interactions between perfect or boron-defect Si(111)-B substrates and the Cu-TBPP molecule as well as the consequences of demetallation of Cu-TBPP. For each model, we determine the structural equilibrium, the spatial charge-density distribution and the electronic properties of the ground state. We conclude that there is potential for Si adatom capture by a porphyrin without strong modification of the porphyrin response, as seen from simulated scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images.