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Issue 13, 2020
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On-surface chemical reactions characterised by ultra-high resolution scanning probe microscopy

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Abstract

In the last decade it has become possible to resolve the geometric structure of organic molecules with intramolecular resolution using high resolution scanning probe microscopy (SPM), and specifically using the subset of SPM known as noncontact atomic force microscopy (ncAFM). In world leading groups it has become routine not only to perform sub-molecular imaging of the chemical, electronic, and electrostatic properties of single molecules, but also to use this technique to track complex on-surface chemical reactions, investigate novel reaction products, and even synthesise new molecular structures one bond at a time. These developments represent the cutting edge of characterisation at the single chemical bond level, and have revolutionised our understanding of surface-based chemical processes.

Graphical abstract: On-surface chemical reactions characterised by ultra-high resolution scanning probe microscopy

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Submitted
25 Feb 2020
First published
08 Jun 2020

This article is Open Access

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2020,49, 4189-4202
Article type
Tutorial Review

On-surface chemical reactions characterised by ultra-high resolution scanning probe microscopy

A. Sweetman, N. R. Champness and A. Saywell, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2020, 49, 4189
DOI: 10.1039/D0CS00166J

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