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Imaging on-surface hierarchical assembly of chiral supramolecular networks

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Abstract

The bottom-up assembly of chiral structures usually relies on a cascade of molecular recognition interactions. A thorough description of these complex stereochemical mechanisms requires the capability of imaging multilevel coordination in real-time. Here we report the first direct observation of hierarchical expression of supramolecular chirality at work, for 10,10′-dibromo-9,9′-bianthryl (DBBA) on Cu(111). Molecular recognition first steers the growth of chiral organometallic chains and then leads to the formation of enantiopure islands. The structure of the networks was determined by noncontact atomic force microscopy (nc-AFM), while high-speed scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) revealed details of the assembly mechanisms at the ms time-scale. The direct observation of the chirality transfer pathways allowed us to evaluate the enantioselectivity of the interchain coupling.

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The article was received on 01 Mar 2017, accepted on 12 May 2017 and first published on 30 Aug 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP01341H
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017,19, 24605-24612
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    Imaging on-surface hierarchical assembly of chiral supramolecular networks

    L. L. Patera, Z. Zou, C. Dri, C. Africh, J. Repp and G. Comelli, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 24605
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CP01341H

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