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Influence of Dissolved O2 in Organic Solvents on CuOEP Supramolecular Self-Assembly on Graphite.

  • Author(s): Hao, Yibo;
  • Weatherup, Robert S;
  • Eren, Baran;
  • Somorjai, Gabor A;
  • Salmeron, Miquel
  • et al.

The supramolecular self-assembly of copper(II) octaethylporphyrin (CuOEP) and octaethylporphyrin (H2OEP) on graphitic surfaces immersed in organic solvents (dichlorobenzene, dodecane) is studied using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and Raman spectroscopy. STM reveals that the self-assembled structure of CuOEP in 1,2-dichlorobenzene is significantly altered by dissolved oxygen within the solvent. Raman spectroscopy reveals that the presence of the oxygen alters the molecule-substrate interaction, which is attributed to the adsorption of oxygen on the Cu center of the CuOEP, which is facilitated by electron transfer from the graphitic surface. Such oxygen-induced changes are not observed for H2OEP, indicating that the metal center of CuOEP plays a critical role. When the solvent is dodecane, we find that solvation effects dominate. CuOEP adsorbed on graphitic surfaces provides a model system relevant to the study of the transport and activation of oxygen by enzymes and other complexes.

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