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Computational project: Surface Polymorph Formation      >> more >>

Thin film and monolayers of organic molecules assume morphologies that do not occur in the bulk material, but exhibit properties that are superior for certain applications. Whether such surface-induced phases form depends strongly on the substrate used as well as the deposition conditions. In this computational project, we will study how different external factors, such as the dielectric constant of a solvent or the electron chemical potential (i.e., the Fermi-level) provided by the substrate, affects the relative stability of experimentally known bulk- and surface-induced phases. The target of this work is to identify systems that are particularly sensitive and will be used for further research in the group.