Tailoring on-surface supramolecular architectures based on adenine directed self-assembly

Tan Q, Zhang C, Wang N, Zhu X, Sun Q, Jacobsen MF, Gothelf KV, Besenbacher F, Hu A, Xu W.

Chem Commun (Camb). 2014 Jan 11;50(3):356-8. doi: 10.1039/c3cc46149a.

College of Materials Science and Engineering, Key Laboratory for Advanced Civil Engineering Materials (Ministry of Education), Tongji University, Caoan Road 4800, Shanghai 201804, P. R. China. xuwei@tongji.edu.cn.


From an interplay of high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) imaging and density functional theory (DFT) calculations we demonstrate that by delicately choosing the parent molecule (adenine) we are able to tune the self-assembled nanostructures of adenine derivatives which aredirected by the specific intermolecular interactions provided by the adenine moiety.

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