Growth of pentacene on Ag(1 1 1) surface: A NEXAFS study

M. Pedio, B. Doyle, N. Mahne, A. Giglia, F. Borgatti, S. Nannarone, S. K.M. Henze, R. Temirov, F. S. Tautz, L. Casalis, R. Hudej, M. F. Danisman, B. Nickel

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Thin films of pentacene (C 22 H 14 ) have become widely used in the field of organic electronics. Here films of C 22 H 14 of thickness ranging from submonolayer to multilayer were thermally deposited on Ag(1 1 1) surface. The determination of molecular geometry in pentacene films on Ag(1 1 1) studied by X-ray absorption at different stages of growth up to one monolayer is presented. XAS spectra at the C K-edge were collected as a function of the direction of the electric field at the surface. The different features of the spectra were assigned to resonances related to the various molecular unoccupied states by the comparison with the absorption coefficient of the pentacene gas phase. The transitions involving antibonding π states show a pronounced angular dependence for all the measured coverages, from submonolayer to multilayer. The spectra analysis indicates a nearly planar chemisorption of the first pentacene layer with a tilt angle of 10°.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-107
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number1 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Ag(1 1 1)
  • Electron states at surfaces and interfaces
  • Pentacene
  • Polymers and organic compounds
  • Thin film structure and morphology
  • X-ray absorption spectroscopy: EXAFS, NEXAFS, XANES, etc.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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