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Control of Supramolecular Rectangle Self-Assembly with a Molecular Template

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posted on 01.08.2007, 00:00 authored by Shan-Shan Li, Hui-Juan Yan, Li-Jun Wan, Hai-Bo Yang, Brian H. Northrop, Peter J. Stang
A facile method for controlling the self-assembly of supramolecular metallocycles on a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surface is described. The process was demonstrated using 1,3,5-tris(10-carboxydecyloxy)benzene (TCDB), which self-assembles to form a stable monolayer with nanoscale cavities on HOPG, to template the deposition of supramolecular rectangles. Molecular distribution is controlled and monodispersion is achieved as the metallocycles self-organize into the cavities of the TCDB template.