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The impact of grafted surface defects and their controlled removal on supramolecular self-assembly

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Abstract

We demonstrate the use of covalently modified graphite as a convenient and powerful test-bed for the versatile investigation and control of 2-D crystallization at the liquid solid interface. Grafted aryls act as surface defects and create barriers to supramolecular self-assembly. An easily tunable grafting density allows for varying the effect of such defects on supramolecular self-assembly. Finally, the defects can be locally removed, triggering monolayer reconstructions and allowing in situ investigations of thermodynamically unstable or metastable morphologies.

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The article was received on 31 May 2016, accepted on 24 Jul 2016 and first published on 25 Jul 2016


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6SC02400A
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2016,7, 7028-7033
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    The impact of grafted surface defects and their controlled removal on supramolecular self-assembly

    A. M. Bragança, J. Greenwood, O. Ivasenko, T. H. Phan, K. Müllen and S. De Feyter, Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 7028
    DOI: 10.1039/C6SC02400A

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