Formation of hydrogen-bridged cytosine dimers on Cu(110)

D J Frankel, Q Chen, N V Richardson

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Abstract

Cytosine was adsorbed onto a Cu(110) surface under UHV conditions. Annealing to 370 K resulted in the formation of a (6x6)gg low energy electron diffraction (LEED) pattern, even at submonolayer coverages. Examination of this structure with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) revealed islands of zigzag chains at low coverages and large ordered domains at monolayer saturation. Further annealing to 480 K initiated a phase transition to a (6x2)gg structure observed both by LEED and STM. High resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy spectra for both overlayer structures exhibited mainly in-plane modes suggesting upright/tilted species on the surface. Based on the experimental data and supported by density functional theory calculations, a model is proposed for the (6x2)gg structure, which involves the formation of deprotonated hydrogen bridge-bonded cytosine dimers, adsorbed through the oxygen atoms. (c) 2006 American Institute of Physics.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume124
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2006

Keywords

  • SCANNING-TUNNELING-MICROSCOPY
  • SELF-ASSEMBLED MONOLAYERS
  • NUCLEIC-ACID BASES
  • L-ALANINE
  • ADENINE
  • ADSORPTION
  • SURFACES
  • THYMINE
  • ELECTRODES
  • GUANINE

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