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Issue 12, 2016
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The impact of grafted surface defects and their controlled removal on supramolecular self-assembly

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Abstract

We demonstrate the use of covalently modified graphite as a convenient and powerful test-bed for the versatile investigation and control of 2-D crystallization at the liquid solid interface. Grafted aryls act as surface defects and create barriers to supramolecular self-assembly. An easily tunable grafting density allows for varying the effect of such defects on supramolecular self-assembly. Finally, the defects can be locally removed, triggering monolayer reconstructions and allowing in situ investigations of thermodynamically unstable or metastable morphologies.

Graphical abstract: The impact of grafted surface defects and their controlled removal on supramolecular self-assembly

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Submitted
31 May 2016
Accepted
24 Jul 2016
First published
25 Jul 2016

This article is Open Access
All publication charges for this article have been paid for by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Chem. Sci., 2016,7, 7028-7033
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The impact of grafted surface defects and their controlled removal on supramolecular self-assembly

A. M. Bragança, J. Greenwood, O. Ivasenko, T. H. Phan, K. Müllen and S. De Feyter, Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 7028
DOI: 10.1039/C6SC02400A

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