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Molecular-scale shear response of the organic semiconductor β-DBDCS (100) surface
14.09.2017 09:00

In this work we present friction-force microscopy (FFM) lattice-resolved images acquired on the (100) facet of the semiconductor organic oligomer (2Z,2′Z)−3,3′-(1,4-phenylene)bis(2-(4-butoxyphenyl)acrylonitrile) (β-DBDCS) crystal in water at room temperature. Stick-slip contrast, lateral contact stiffness, and friction forces are found to depend strongly on the sliding direction due to the anisotropic packing of the molecular chains forming the crystal surface along the [010] and [001] directions. The anisotropy also causes the maximum value of the normal force applicable before wearing to increase by a factor of 3 when the scan is performed along the [001] direction on the (100) face. Altogether, our results contribute to achieving a better understanding of the molecular origin of friction anisotropy on soft crystalline surfaces, which has been often hypothesized but rarely investigated in the literature.


Rubén Álvarez-Asencio, Jorge S. Moreno-Ramírez, Carlos Pimentel, Santiago Casado, Micaela Matta, Johannes Gierschner, Luca Muccioli, Seong-Jun Yoon, Shinto Varghese, Soo Young Park, Enrico Gnecco, and Carlos M. Pina: "Molecular-scale shear response of the organic semiconductor β-DBDCS (100) surface", Physical Review B 96 (2017) 115422

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