Manipulating double-decker molecules at the liquid-solid interface

Takami, Tomohide, Ye, Tao, Pathem, Bala K., Arnold, Dennis P., Sugiura, Ken-ichi, Biang, Yongzhong, Jiang, Jianzhuang, & Weiss, Paul S. (2010) Manipulating double-decker molecules at the liquid-solid interface. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132(46), pp. 16460-16466.

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We have used a scanning tunneling microscope to manipulate heteroleptic phthalocyaninato, naphthalocyaninato, porphyrinato double-decker molecules at the liquid/solid interface between 1-phenyloctane solvent and graphite. We employed nano-grafting of phthalocyanines with eight octyl chains to place these molecules into a matrix of heteroleptic double-decker molecules; the overlayer structure is epitaxial on graphite. We have also used nano-grafting to place double-decker molecules in matrices of single-layer phthalocyanines with octyl chains. Rectangular scans with a scanning tunneling microscope at low bias voltage resulted in the removal of the adsorbed doubledecker molecular layer and substituted the double-decker molecules with bilayer-stacked phthalocyanines from phenyloctane solution. Single heteroleptic double-decker molecules with lutetium sandwiched between naphthalocyanine and octaethylporphyrin were decomposed with voltage pulses from the probe tip; the top octaethylporphyrin ligand was removed and the bottom naphthalocyanine ligand remained on the surface. A domain of decomposed molecules was formed within the double-decker molecular domain, and the boundary of the decomposed molecular domain self-cured to become rectangular. We demonstrated a molecular “sliding block puzzle” with cascades of double-decker molecules on the graphite surface.

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ID Code: 40287
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This article is freely available from the American Chemical Society website 12 months after the publication date. See links to publisher website in this record.
Keywords: scanning tunneling microscopy, porphyrins, phthalocyanines, double-decker, molecular manipulation
DOI: 10.1021/ja105421k
ISSN: 0002-7863
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL) (030600)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Chemistry
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 American Chemical Society
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2011 22:09
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:28

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