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Self-templating 2D supramolecular networks: A new avenue to reach control on the third dimension

Artur Ciesielski, Andrea Cadeddu, Carlos-Andres Palma, Adam Gorczyński, Violetta Patroniak, Marco Cecchini, and Paolo Samorì, London (2011)

One of the greatest challenges in 2D self-assembly at interfaces is the ability to grow spatially controlled supramolecular motifs in the third dimension, exploiting the surface as a template. In this manuscript a concentration-dependent study by scanning tunneling microscopy at the solid–liquid interface, corroborated by Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations, reveals the controlled generation of mono- or bilayer self-assembled Kagomé networks based on a fully planar tetracarboxylic acid derivative. By programming the backbone of the molecular building blocks, we present a strategy to gain spatial control over the adlayer structure by conferring self-templating capacity to the 2D self-assembled network.

Partners : UdS

Place of Publication : London

Date of Publication : 2011/07/27

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