Surface Diffusive Motion in a Periodic and Asymmetric Potential
9,10-Dithioanthracene adsorbed on Cu(111) diffuses exclusively along the high-symmetry axis of the molecule-substrate system. Further reduction of the symmetry of the system by asymmetric methylation does not reduce the symmetry of the motion although it has a substantial. effect on the diffusion rate (100-fold reduction) and renders the diffusion barrier asymmetric. This is in contrast to the behavior expected of a classical particle, and it provides a direct single-molecule-scale vista on the validity of The Principle of Microscopic Reversibility first formulated by Tolman in 1924, which despite its fundamental role has attracted little visualization.
Journal of the American Chemical Society
"Surface Diffusive Motion in a Periodic and Asymmetric Potential" (2008). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 827.