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Single-molecule chemistry and physics explored by low-temperature scanning probe microscopy

Recent developments in scanning probe microscopies (STM and AFM) have made it possible to study chemistry and physics at the single molecule level.

Graphical abstract: Single-molecule chemistry and physics explored by low-temperature scanning probe microscopy
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Varying molecular interactions by coverage in supramolecular surface chemistry

A combination of STM, XPS and DFT calculations shows the possibility of modifying intermolecular interactions of absorbed benzene-carboxylic acids from coordination to H-bonding by changing the surface coverage.

Graphical abstract: Varying molecular interactions by coverage in supramolecular surface chemistry
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Synthesis of two-dimensional phenyleneboroxine networks through in vacuo condensation and on-surface radical addition

A doubly functionalized monomer is used to synthesize covalent phenylene–boroxine hybrid-networks by condensation in the crucible and radical addition on a Ag(111) surface.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of two-dimensional phenylene–boroxine networks through in vacuo condensation and on-surface radical addition
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Stereo-isomerism controls surface reactivity: 1-chloropentane-pairs on Si(100)-2×1

Chloropentane forms symmetric (S) and asymmetric (A) pairs on Si(100)-2×1, differing in the direction of curvature of one pentane tail of the pair. This renders the rate of thermal chlorination reaction fifteen times slower for ‘S’ than for ‘A’, at room temperature.

Graphical abstract: Stereo-isomerism controls surface reactivity: 1-chloropentane-pairs on Si(100)-2×1
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Formation of a non-crystalline bimolecular porous network at a liquid/solid interface

An equimolar mixture of two structurally related molecules self-assembles into a 2D non-crystalline bimolecular porous pattern at a liquid–solid interface.

Graphical abstract: Formation of a non-crystalline bimolecular porous network at a liquid/solid interface
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Conglomerate with periodic enantiomer inclusion: A mechanism for homochirality erosion

An achiral molecule forms one-dimensionally periodic patterns through enantiomeric aggregate inclusion.

Graphical abstract: Conglomerate with periodic enantiomer inclusion: A mechanism for homochirality erosion
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Post-synthetic modification of epitaxially grown, highly oriented functionalized MOF thin films

The properties of thin, highly porous MOF coatings can be tailored by post-synthesis modification (PSM). To this end, different functionalities are covalently attached to the inside of the MOF framework pores.

Graphical abstract: Post-synthetic modification of epitaxially grown, highly oriented functionalized MOF thin films
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Charge-assisted hydrogen bond-directed self-assembly of an amphiphilic zwitterionic quinonemonoimine at the liquid–solid interface

The self-assembly of a zwitterionic quinonemonoimine is driven by charge-assisted hydrogen bonding and reveals intriguing morphology, stereochemistry and multilayer formation.

Graphical abstract: Charge-assisted hydrogen bond-directed self-assembly of an amphiphilic zwitterionic quinonemonoimine at the liquid–solid interface
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy on self-assembly of a glycine/Cu(111) nanocavity array

Step-by-step analysis demonstrates the role of footprint chirality in glycine/Cu hierarchical self-assembly. Formation of quantum corral and manipulation of isolated C60 show the potential of this system for future applications.

Graphical abstract: Scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy on self-assembly of a glycine/Cu(111) nanocavity array
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Dynamic chiral flipping within strongly chemisorbed molecular monolayers at surfaces

Molecules within strongly chemisorbed homochiral monolayers can dynamically switch their chiral configurations and locally break enantiopurity.

Graphical abstract: Dynamic chiral flipping within strongly chemisorbed molecular monolayers at surfaces
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Assessing the role of chirality in the formation of rosette-like supramolecular assemblies on surfaces

Molecular modelling simulations are used to unravel the origin of supramolecular chirality in rosette-like assemblies of conjugated oligomers.

Graphical abstract: Assessing the role of chirality in the formation of rosette-like supramolecular assemblies on surfaces
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Highly sensitive electrical detection of TCNE on chemically passivated silicon-on-insulator

TCNE acts as an electron acceptor on silicon surfaces, leading to large reversible modulation of the drain current on alkyl passivated SOI pseudo-MOSFETS.

Graphical abstract: Highly sensitive electrical detection of TCNE on chemically passivated silicon-on-insulator
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Patterning small-molecule biocapture surfaces: microcontact insertion printing vs.photolithography

Small-molecule-based capture surfaces prepared by microcontact insertion printing vs.photolithographically assisted chemical patterning are compared. Selective capture of large-molecule binding partners from heterogeneous solutions is demonstrated.

Graphical abstract: Patterning small-molecule biocapture surfaces: microcontact insertion printing vs.photolithography
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Determination of relative binding affinities of labeling molecules with amino acids by using scanning tunneling microscopy

The binding behaviour of PcCu(SO3Na)4 on the peptide assemblies reveals its relative binding affinities with different amino acid residues.

Graphical abstract: Determination of relative binding affinities of labeling molecules with amino acids by using scanning tunneling microscopy
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Retracted Article: Measuring Si–C60 chemical forces via single molecule spectroscopy

The interaction force and binding energy between a silicon cluster and a C60 molecule has been measured using atomic force microscopy.

Graphical abstract: Retracted Article: Measuring Si–C60 chemical forces via single molecule spectroscopy
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Modulating the self-assembly of rigid “clicked” dendrimers at the solid–liquid interface by tuning non-covalent interactions between side groups

A matter of substitution: first generation poly(triazole-phenylene) dendrimers equipped with peripheral alkyl or carboxylic acid groups assemble into distinct two-dimensional nano-structures on graphite surfaces as revealed by STM investigations at the liquid–solid interface.

Graphical abstract: Modulating the self-assembly of rigid “clicked” dendrimers at the solid–liquid interface by tuning non-covalent interactions between side groups
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

[60]Fullerene-based monolayers as neuroprotective biocompatible hybrid materials

[60]Fullerene-containing SAMs on Au(111) surfaces are bioactive materials displaying a neuroprotective effect against L-Glu-induced excitotoxicity on human-derived undifferentiated neuroblastoma cells.

Graphical abstract: [60]Fullerene-based monolayers as neuroprotective biocompatible hybrid materials
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Surface-supported 2D heterotriangulene polymers

Depending on activation temperature, assembly of tribromo-substituted heterotriangulenes on Ag(111) results in two-dimensional porous metal-coordination or covalent networks.

Graphical abstract: Surface-supported 2D heterotriangulene polymers
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

(S)-Lysine adsorption induces the formation of gold nanofingers on Au{111}

Adsorption of (S)-lysine on Au{111} induces the formation of chiral Au nanofingers whose growth directions correlate with the preferred alignment of H-bonded lysine dimers observed in 2-D arrays.

Graphical abstract: (S)-Lysine adsorption induces the formation of gold nanofingers on Au{111}
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Steering molecular island morphology on an insulator surface by exploiting sequential deposition

Island morphologies are steered by changing the deposition order in molecular coadsorption, demonstrating the decisive role of non-equilibrium processes in molecular structure formation on an insulating surface.

Graphical abstract: Steering molecular island morphology on an insulator surface by exploiting sequential deposition
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Real-space observation of local anisotropic correlation between buckled dimers on Si(100) induced by a bidentate adsorbed molecule

Antiferromagnetic correlation between buckled dimers locally induced by chemisorption of a bidentate molecule on Si(100)(2 × 1) at 300 K.

Graphical abstract: Real-space observation of local anisotropic correlation between buckled dimers on Si(100) induced by a bidentate adsorbed molecule
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Locking the free-rotation of a prochiral star-shaped guest molecule inside a two-dimensional nanoporous network by introduction of chlorine atoms

STM reveals that replacing H-atoms by Cl-atoms in the prochiral structure of triazatrinaphthylene results in locking the free-rotation of the central guest molecules in the nanopores of the 2D lattice.

Graphical abstract: Locking the free-rotation of a prochiral star-shaped guest molecule inside a two-dimensional nanoporous network by introduction of chlorine atoms
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Selective supramolecular assembly of multifunctional ligands on a Cu(111) surface: metallacycles, propeller trimers and linear chains

Three distinctive supramolecular structures, metallacycles, propeller trimers and extended linear chains, are selectively formed owing to different inter-molecular interactions.

Graphical abstract: Selective supramolecular assembly of multifunctional ligands on a Cu(111) surface: metallacycles, propeller trimers and linear chains
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Single-layer graphene oxide sheet: a novel substrate for dip-pen nanolithography

CoCl2 is patterned on both single-layer graphene oxide sheets and SiO2 substrates simultaneously by dip-pen nanolithography, which is used for growth of different structured carbon nanotubes.

Graphical abstract: Single-layer graphene oxide sheet: a novel substrate for dip-pen nanolithography
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Electrochemical scanning tunnelling spectroscopy of a ferrocene-modified n-Si(111)-surface: electrolyte gating and ambipolar FET behaviour

In situ scanning tunnelling spectroscopy reveals that ferrocene-modified n-Si(111) substrates show ambipolar FET behaviour if an electrolyte is used as a gate.

Graphical abstract: Electrochemical scanning tunnelling spectroscopy of a ferrocene-modified n-Si(111)-surface: electrolyte gating and ambipolar FET behaviour
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Little exchange at the liquid/solid interface: defect-mediated equilibration of physisorbed porphyrin monolayers

Physisorbed porphyrins at a liquid/solid interface require specific defects to exchange with the supernatant.

Graphical abstract: Little exchange at the liquid/solid interface: defect-mediated equilibration of physisorbed porphyrin monolayers
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Halogen bonds as stabilizing interactions in a chiral self-assembled molecular monolayer

We present an STM study and DFT analysis of supramolecular networks formed by tetrabromotetrathienoanthracene at the liquid/solid interface.

Graphical abstract: Halogen bonds as stabilizing interactions in a chiral self-assembled molecular monolayer
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Peculiar adsorbed phase behaviour of binary mixtures of oligopyridines and extension to a ternary mixture in a host–guest system

The composition of two- and three-component phase-separated adlayers is controlled by the absolute concentration in solution.

Graphical abstract: Peculiar adsorbed phase behaviour of binary mixtures of oligopyridines and extension to a ternary mixture in a host–guest system
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

On the transfer of cooperative self-assembled π-conjugated fibrils to a gold substrate

The transfer of the cooperative self-assembled fibrils to a gold substrate reveals the crucial role of the early formation of a monolayer.

Graphical abstract: On the transfer of cooperative self-assembled π-conjugated fibrils to a gold substrate
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Building layer-by-layer 3D supramolecular nanostructures at the terephthalic acid/stearic acid interface

Three dimensional (3D) supramolecular nanostructures were built up using terephthalic acid (TPA) and stearic acid (STA) molecules by layer-by-layer method, which can be utilized to fabricate novel 3D functional nanostructures.

Graphical abstract: Building layer-by-layer 3D supramolecular nanostructures at the terephthalic acid/stearic acid interface
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Assembly of 2D ionic layers by reaction of alkali halides with the organic electrophile 7,7,8,8-tetracyano-p-quinodimethane (TCNQ)

Sublimation of NaCl onto a hydrogen bonded layer of TCNQ leads to formation of an ionic layer via charge-transfer reaction.

Graphical abstract: Assembly of 2D ionic layers by reaction of alkali halides with the organic electrophile 7,7,8,8-tetracyano-p-quinodimethane (TCNQ)
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Weak interactions in the assembly of strongly chemisorbed molecules

Room temperature bimolecular substituted aromatic-ketone complexes are formed on Pt(111) through CH⋯O interactions directed by partial dehydrogenation of the alkyl substituent.

Graphical abstract: Weak interactions in the assembly of strongly chemisorbed molecules
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Molecular packing density of a self-assembled monolayer formed from N-(2-aminoethyl)-3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane by a vapor phase process

The density of an AEAPS-SAM has been estimated to be about 3 molecules per nm2 based on chemical labeling with TNBS, optical absorption spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

Graphical abstract: Molecular packing density of a self-assembled monolayer formed from N-(2-aminoethyl)-3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane by a vapor phase process
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Adlayers based on molecular platforms of trioxatriangulenium

Derivatives of the trioxatriangulenium ion were employed to prepare highly-ordered functional adlayers on Au(111) surfaces.

Graphical abstract: Adlayers based on molecular platforms of trioxatriangulenium
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Dual functions of a novel low-gap polymer for near infra-red photovoltaics and light-emitting diodes

We report synthesis of a new low-gap polymer and its applications both in photovoltaics and near-infrared light-emitting diodes.

Graphical abstract: Dual functions of a novel low-gap polymer for near infra-red photovoltaics and light-emitting diodes
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Morphological and mechanical properties of alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers investigated via bimodal atomic force microscopy

Alkanethiol SAMs were investigated by means of BiModal AFM. Morphological and mechanical properties show a parabolic trend vs. the chain length n, ascribed to the disorder at the SAMs/Au interface.

Graphical abstract: Morphological and mechanical properties of alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers investigated via bimodal atomic force microscopy
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Self-assembled monolayers of clamped oligo(phenylene-ethynylene-butadiynylene)s

The monolayer packing behavior of rigid rods, clamped rigid rods, and macrocycles thereof is compared.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembled monolayers of clamped oligo(phenylene-ethynylene-butadiynylene)s
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Tetris in monolayers: patterned self-assembly using side chain shape

The packing and stability of monolayers depends on molecular shape. Anthracenes bearing complementary shaped alkadiyne side chains direct assembly of compositionally patterned, two component monolayers on HOPG.

Graphical abstract: Tetris in monolayers: patterned self-assembly using side chain shape
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Templated assembling of phthalocyanine arrays along a polymer chain

Copper phthalocyanine can assemble along PPE backbones into molecular arrays and 2D assemblies with structural parameters different from its intrinsic 2D crystal. The template effect depends on the match between the size of phthalocyanine and the repeating period of the PPE backbone.

Graphical abstract: Templated assembling of phthalocyanine arrays along a polymer chain
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Anchoring of self-assembled monolayers of unsymmetrically-substituted chromophores with an oxoporphyrinogen surface clamp

N-substituted oxoporphyrinogens land with N-substituents up when deposited on Au(111) yielding an effective method for surface functionalisation.

Graphical abstract: Anchoring of self-assembled monolayers of unsymmetrically-substituted chromophores with an oxoporphyrinogen surface clamp
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Polymorphism and isomerisation of an azobenzene derivative on gold

Modelling explains the polymorphism of functionalized azobenzenes on Au(111) and why two of the four polymorphs are isomerizable with an electrical stimulus.

Graphical abstract: Polymorphism and isomerisation of an azobenzene derivative on gold
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Nanoparticle-coated PDMS elastomers for enhancement of Raman scattering

Au or Ag nanoparticle-coated PDMS elastomers are used for highly sensitive Raman detection and chemical imaging of molecules on solid substrates.

Graphical abstract: Nanoparticle-coated PDMS elastomers for enhancement of Raman scattering
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Surface-assisted bowl-in-bowl stacking of nonplanar aromatic hydrocarbons

Surface-alignment is an effective way to induce columnar stacking of buckybowls.

Graphical abstract: Surface-assisted bowl-in-bowl stacking of nonplanar aromatic hydrocarbons
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Tip- or electron beam-induced surface polymerization

Surface polymerization is initiated locally with the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope or globally with electron beam irradiation.

Graphical abstract: Tip- or electron beam-induced surface polymerization
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Templating an organic array with Si(111)-7×7

Steric hindrance can be used to break the equivalence of di-σ attachment geometries on Si(111)-7x7 and stabilize an ordered array of 1,3,5-methyl benzene molecules.

Graphical abstract: Templating an organic array with Si(111)-7×7
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Stamping oriented molecular monolayers using liquid crystal inks

Thermotropic liquid crystal (LC)-based inks are combined with patterned anchoring stamps to deposit organic monolayer films with simultaneous control over positional and molecular orientational order in a single step.

Graphical abstract: Stamping oriented molecular monolayers using liquid crystal inks
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
Communication

Host–guest chemistry at interface for photoswitchable bioelectrocatalysis

Photoswitchable bioelectrocatalysis of glucose with glucose oxidase in an “On–Off” state is fabricated from host–guest chemistry at an interface by using the photocontrolled reversible immobilization and detachment of ferrocene-labeled redox-polymer as mediator.

Graphical abstract: Host–guest chemistry at interface for photoswitchable bioelectrocatalysis
From the themed collection: Molecule-based surface chemistry
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About this collection

This web-based themed issue showcases high quality papers in the field of surface chemistry, specifically research carried out on the molecular level. The collated, invited, and peer-reviewed ChemComm articles highlight cutting edge contributions by international leaders in the field.

The guest editors of this web themed issue are Steven De Feyter, Federico Rosei and Dmitrii Perepichka. They are delighted by the overwhelming response that the letter of invitation produced and they express their sincere thanks to the authors. The articles received and published cover a diverse range of contemporary topics in molecule-based surface chemistry.

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