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Structure and function revealed with submolecular resolution at the liquid–solid interface

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Abstract

The liquid–solid interface is a unique medium to support the self-assembly of molecules into surface-confined networks. Non-covalent interactions are key in forming these two-dimensional (2D) architectures, and a deep understanding is crucial for successful 2D crystal engineering. Scanning tunnelling microscopy is the tool of choice to reveal the structure and function of these patterns with subnanometre resolution. A recent success is the formation of 2D nanoporous molecular patterns and their host–guest chemistry. However, this is not the only functionality addressed by this review. Surface-confined molecular architectures at the liquid–solid interface are also relevant in the field of molecular electronics. Furthermore, inducing and probing chemical reactivity at the single-molecule level at the liquid–solid interface might turn out to be one of the most exciting developments.

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The article was received on 30 Jun 2008, accepted on 30 Oct 2008 and first published on 09 Dec 2008


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B811090E
Citation: Soft Matter, 2009,5, 721-735
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    Structure and function revealed with submolecular resolution at the liquid–solid interface

    J. A. A. W. Elemans and S. De Feyter, Soft Matter, 2009, 5, 721
    DOI: 10.1039/B811090E

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