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Abdullah Al-Mahboob, Yasunori Fujikawa, Toshio Sakurai and Jerzy T. Sadowski Real-Time Microscopy of Reorientation Driven Nucleation and Growth in Pentacene Thin Films on Silicon Dioxide Advanced Functional Materials 23

Article first published online: 9 APR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201203427

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Nucleation and growth processes in organic systems such as a pentacene film on silicon dioxide are often complicated due to anisotropy in both the molecular shape and the crystal structure. As in the diffusive state the pentacene molecule is in the lying-down configuration, interfacial interaction is different from that at the island's step edge. The strength of interfacial interaction in the diffusion state determines the energy barrier for molecule reorientation, such that the stronger interaction increases the relative stability of diffusing molecules.

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