Morphology and properties of a hybrid organic-inorganic system: Al nanoparticles embedded into CuPc thin film

Molodtsova, O. V.; Aristova, I. M.; Babenkov, S. V.; Vilkov, O. V.; Aristov, V. Yu.
April 2014
Journal of Applied Physics;2014, Vol. 115 Issue 16, p164310-1
Academic Journal
The evolution of the morphology and the electronic structure of the hybrid organic-inorganic system composed of aluminum nanoparticles (NPs) distributed in an organic semiconductor matrix—copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)—as a function of nominal aluminum content was studied by transmission electron microscopy and by photoemission spectroscopy methods. The aluminum atoms deposited onto the CuPc surface diffuse into the organic matrix and self-assemble to NPs in a well-defined manner with a narrow diameter distribution, which depends on the amount of aluminum that is evaporated onto the CuPc film. We find clear evidence of a charge transfer from Al to CuPc and we have been able to determine the lattice sites where Al ions sit. The finally at high coverage about 64 Å the formation of metallic aluminum overlayer on CuPc thin film takes place.


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