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Complexity of two-dimensional self-assembled arrays at surfaces

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Abstract

The self-assembly of supramolecular arrays at solid surfaces is discussed with an emphasis on the degree of complexity that can be generated in such structures. The preparation of multi-component arrays is reviewed illustrating the approaches to generating many-component networks and the challenges that are encountered. The complexity of quasicrystalline and fractal molecular structures is also demonstrated along with recent developments in the synthesis of complexity perpendicular to the solid substrate through the formation of bilayer structures. Overall the importance of characterisation by scanning probe microscopy is evident in determining the complexity of structures at the molecular level.

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The article was received on 04 Aug 2017, accepted on 28 Sep 2017 and first published on 28 Sep 2017


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC06110B
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 11528-11539
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    Complexity of two-dimensional self-assembled arrays at surfaces

    C. R. Pfeiffer, N. Pearce and N. R. Champness, Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 11528
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CC06110B

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