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Neutral Organic Radical Formation by Chemisorption on Metal Surfaces

Prof Illas and Prof Bromley have recently published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters a study done in collaboration with ICN2 and ICMAB.

In this work they provide experimental and theoretical evidence that the interaction of a properly designed molecule with a metal surface gives rise to the formation of a neutral organic radical.
The radical formation is triggered by a reodering of the bonding nature of the organic molecule through its interaction with the metal surface, the latter needs also to be carefully chosen since the interaction needs to be not too strong, not too weak.

Reference Article: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jpclett.0c00269