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Issue 47, 2017

Steering on-surface reactions with self-assembly strategy

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Abstract

The control of assembly structures that subsequently help achieve viable functionalities has been one of the key motivations for the exploration of surface molecular assembly. In terms of its functionality and applicability, the assembly is explored as a strategy to steer on-surface reactions primarily by two methods: assembly-assisted and assembly-involved reactions. The functions of the self-assembly strategy are threefold: tweaking reaction selectivities, steering reaction pathways, and directing reaction sites. The governing principle herein is that the assembly strategy can apply a surface confinement effect that affects the energy barrier and pre-exponential factor of the Arrhenius equation for the dynamics of the target reaction. Development of such a strategy may reveal new routes to steer on-surface reactions and even single molecule properties in surface chemistry.

Graphical abstract: Steering on-surface reactions with self-assembly strategy

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Submitted
10 Sep 2017
Accepted
13 Nov 2017
First published
13 Nov 2017

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017,19, 31531-31539
Article type
Perspective

Steering on-surface reactions with self-assembly strategy

X. Zhou, J. Dai and K. Wu, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 31531 DOI: 10.1039/C7CP06177C

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