Strain-relief pattern as guide for the formation of surface-supported bimolecular nanoribbons

Aït-Mansour, K.; Cañas-Ventura, M. E.; Ruffieux, P.; Jaafar, R.; Bieri, M.; Rieger, R.; Müllen, K.; Fasel, R.; Gröning, O.
October 2009
Applied Physics Letters;10/5/2009, Vol. 95 Issue 14, p143111
Academic Journal
We demonstrate the suitability of the Ag/Pt(111) strain-relief pattern as efficient template for controlling the formation of well defined heteromolecular nanostructures. Two different species of molecular building blocks with complementary end-group functionalities are combined on this surface, which results in the formation of robust bimolecular nanoribbons driven by the interplay of the site specific adsorption on the strain-relief pattern with the highly directional intermolecular hydrogen-bonding intrinsic to the free bimolecular system.


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