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Thermal control of sequential on-surface transformation of a hydrocarbon molecule on a copper surface

Kawai, Shigeki and Haapasilta, Ville and Lindner, Benjamin D. and Tahara, Kazukuni and Spijker, Peter and Buitendijk, Jeroen A. and Pawlak, Remy and Meier, Tobias and Tobe, Yoshito and Foster, Adam S. and Meyer, Ernst. (2016) Thermal control of sequential on-surface transformation of a hydrocarbon molecule on a copper surface. Nature Communications, 7. p. 12711.

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Abstract

On-surface chemical reactions hold the potential for manufacturing nanoscale structures directly onto surfaces by linking carbon atoms in a single-step reaction. To fabricate more complex and functionalized structures, the control of the on-surface chemical reactions must be developed significantly. Here, we present a thermally controlled sequential three-step chemical transformation of a hydrocarbon molecule on a Cu(111) surface. With a combination of high-resolution atomic force microscopy and first-principles computations, we investigate the transformation process in step-by-step detail from the initial structure to the final product via two intermediate states. The results demonstrate that surfaces can be used as catalysing templates to obtain compounds, which cannot easily be synthesized by solution chemistry.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Physik > Physik > Nanomechanik (Meyer)
UniBasel Contributors:Meyer, Ernst
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
e-ISSN:2041-1723
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:15 Feb 2017 10:49
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