Publication date: Sep 20, 2021
This record contains data to support the findings discussed in our recent work on the synthesis and characterization of super-nonazethrene. Beginning with the early work of Clar et al. in 1955, zethrenes and their laterally-extended homologues, super-zethrenes, have been intensively studied in the solution phase, and are widely investigated as optical and charge transport materials. Super-zethrenes are also considered to exhibit an open-shell ground state. Zethrenes may thus serve as model compounds to investigate nanoscale π-magnetism. However, their synthesis is extremely challenging due to their high reactivity. In the work we report here a combined in-solution and on-surface synthesis of the hitherto largest zethrene homologue – super-nonazethrene – on Au(111). Using single-molecule scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, we show that super-nonazethrene exhibits an open-shell singlet ground state featuring a large spin polarization-driven electronic gap of 1 eV. We obtain real-space maps of the frontier molecular orbitals, and find that they correspond to singly occupied molecular orbitals. In consistence with the emergence of an open-shell ground state, high-resolution tunneling spectroscopy reveals inelastic singlet-triplet spin excitations in super-nonazethrene, characterized by a strong intramolecular magnetic exchange coupling of 51 meV. Further insights are gained by mean-field and many-body perturbation theory calculations. Given the paucity of zethrene chemistry on surfaces, our results therefore provide unprecedented access to large open-shell zethrene compounds amenable to scanning probe measurements, with potential application in molecular spintronics.
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