Palladium islands with a thickness of a few monolayers were deposited on top of a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) fabricated from 4-mercaptopyridine. In the I(V) curves obtained using the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) clearly the signature of Coulomb blockade is observed, explicitly demonstrating that these islands are coupled to the underlying gold substrate only via a tunneling barrier; this spectroscopic feature also allows to distinguish the palladium islands from similar morphological features present on the gold substrate prior to palladium deposition.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry