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Steering On-surface Reactions with Self-assembly Strategy

Abstract

How to control assembly structures that subsequently help achieve viable functionalities has been one of the key motivations for the exploration of surface molecular assembly. In terms of its functionality and applicability, the assembly is explored as a strategy to steer on-surface reactions in two main manners: assembly-assisted and assembly-involved reactions. The functions of the self-assembly strategy are threefold: tweaking reaction selectivities, changing reaction pathways and restricting reaction sites. The governing principle behind lies in that the assembly strategy can apply a surface confinement effect that affects the energy barrier and pre-exponential factor of the Arrehnius euqation for the dynamics of the target reaction. Development of such a strategy may open up new routes to steer on-surface reactions and even single molecule properties in surface chemistry.

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The article was received on 10 Sep 2017, accepted on 13 Nov 2017 and first published on 13 Nov 2017


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP06177C
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Steering On-surface Reactions with Self-assembly Strategy

    X. Zhou, J. Dai and K. Wu, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7CP06177C

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