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Covalent networks through on-surface chemistry in ultra-high vacuum: state-of-the-art and recent developments

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The fabrication of large molecular devices, directly on surfaces in UHV conditions, by covalent coupling of smaller precursors has become in the past years an attractive solution for Molecular Electronics. This review presents the state-of-the-art and an analysis of the potential of this new field, from Ullmann type C–C coupling, cyclodehydrogenation, and reactions involving heteroelements to 2D polymerisation on insulating thin films. Mechanistic insights are also mentioned, giving preliminary explanations on the influence of the substrate and the 2D confinement. Potential perspectives for further developments are then evoked.

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The article was received on 09 Mar 2011, accepted on 13 Apr 2011 and first published on 09 May 2011


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C1CP20700H
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011,13, 14283-14292

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    Covalent networks through on-surface chemistry in ultra-high vacuum: state-of-the-art and recent developments

    G. Franc and A. Gourdon, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2011, 13, 14283
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CP20700H

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