"Butterflower"

Ms Beatriz Perez-Garcia. Universidad de Murcia (Spain)



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Image Description:
Butterflower. The SFM is a useful tool to modify nanostructures. The flower picture has been acquired melting a ZnO nanocolumn by c-SFS (conducting scanning force spectroscopy). Controlling the electronic current flow though the nanocontact formed between the conducting tip and the ZnO, the nanocolumn morphology may be transformed. The melted flower attracts a confused butterfly that is looking for other poly-3-octylthiophene butterflies. The Butterflower picture has been obtained merging two different topographic images: a ZnO melted nanocolumn and a poly-3-octylthiophene (P3OT) lamellar structured. These materials are currently two of the most prominent semiconductors for optoelectronic applications. While ZnO is the ideal candidate for spintronics, the P3OT is a conducting polymer highly used in organic solar cells.



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