Real-time single-molecule imaging of the formation and dynamics of coordination compounds

Nian Lin, Alexandre Dmitriev, Jens Weckesser, Johannes V. Barth, Klaus Kern

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Abstract

Reaction sequences under the microscope: Scanning tunneling microscopy has been used to follow the association and dissociation of the cloverleaf-shaped complex from 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid and Cu atoms from a metal surface one molecule at a time (see images). The lifetime of the complexes depends crucially on their local chemical enviroment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4779-4783
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Volume41
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - 16 Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Reaction dynamics
  • Scanning probe microscopy
  • Self-assembly
  • Single-molecule studies
  • Surface chemistry

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