Investigating kinetics of organic molecules on inorganic substrates

Activity: Talk or presentationPoster presentationScience to science


Growth processes of organic thin films are strongly influenced by the interplay of thermodynamics and kinetics. Following Ostwald’s rule of stages, metastable structures often form first during the deposition process. Transitions to more stable structures may be prevented by fast aggregation and growth of the thermodynamically less stable seed, leading to a kinetically trapped polymorph. The selective growth of
specific polymorphs, therefore, requires balancing growth and phase transitions via appropriately chosen deposition conditions.

The poster introduces a roadmap for achieving selective growth of organic-inorganic systems and gives an overview of the corresponding challenges and limitations. While thermodynamics can be sufficiently treated by now, kinetics are still an issue as reliable transition state searches devour computational resources. This is primarily caused by the lack of suitable force fields and the high dimensionality of the potential energy surface. We provide first insights about the kinetics for the model system tetracyanoethylene (TCNE) on Cu(111). Energies are obtained using density functional theory (PBE+TS-surf) and transition states mainly with the Nudged Elastic Band method.
Period2 Mar 2021
Event titleDPG-Frühjahrstagung des Fachverbandes Oberflächenphysik
Event typeConference
LocationGermanyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational