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Metal/molecule interfaces

Dispersion forces unveiled

The role of dispersion forces in molecule–metal bonding has often been underestimated or ignored. Two groups now report independent single-molecule experiments that illustrate and quantify the effect of such interactions on bonding strength.

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Figure 1: Single-molecule experiments provide quantitative data on dispersion interactions.

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van Ruitenbeek, J. Dispersion forces unveiled. Nature Mater 11, 834–835 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/nmat3436

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