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Assembly of functional molecular nanostructures on surfaces

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This tutorial review discusses different techniques for the preparation and deposition on surfaces of organic nanostructures – monolayers, nanowires, nano-dots and other aggregates – with emphasis on the key role that chemical design and non-covalent interactions (between molecules themselves and molecules and surface) play in the definition of the final structure and its properties. The characterisation of the nanostructures and the important effects of post-deposition treatment are also touched upon. The tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) unit is used as the example to demonstrate the general principles that are applicable for these different nanoscale architectures, because of the interest of this family of compounds in molecular electronics.

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The article was received on 11 Sep 2007 and first published on 05 Nov 2007

Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/B703825A
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2008,37, 490-504

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    Assembly of functional molecular nanostructures on surfaces

    E. Gomar-Nadal, J. Puigmartí-Luis and D. B. Amabilino, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2008, 37, 490
    DOI: 10.1039/B703825A

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