The tetrapyrrole macrocycle of porphine is the common core of all porphyrin molecules, an interesting class of π-conjugated molecules with relevance in natural and artificial systems. The functionality of porphines on a solid surface can be tailored by the central metal atom and its interaction with the substrate. In this study, we present a local adsorption geometry determination for cobalt porphine on Cu(111) by means of complementary scanning tunneling microscopy, high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray standing wave measurements, and density functional theory calculations. Specifically, the Co center was determined to be at an adsorption height of 2.25 ± 0.04 Å occupying a bridge site. The macrocycle adopts a moderate asymmetric saddle-shape conformation, with the two pyrrole groups that are aligned perpendicular to the densely packed direction of the Cu(111) surface tilted away from the surface plane.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films