Covalently bonded networks through surface-confined polymerization

El Garah, Mohamed, MacLeod, Jennifer M., & Rosei, Federico (2013) Covalently bonded networks through surface-confined polymerization. Surface Science, 613, pp. 6-14.

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The prospect of synthesizing ordered, covalently bonded structures directly on a surface has recently attracted considerable attention due to its fundamental interest and for potential applications in electronics and photonics. This prospective article focuses on efforts to synthesize and characterize epitaxial one- and two-dimensional (1D and 2D, respectively) polymeric networks on single crystal surfaces. Recent studies, mostly performed using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), demonstrate the ability to induce polymerization based on Ullmann coupling, thermal dehalogenation and dehydration reactions. The 2D polymer networks synthesized to date have exhibited structural limitations and have been shown to form only small domains on the surface. We discuss different approaches to control 1D and 2D polymerization, with particular emphasis on the surface phenomena that are critical to the formation of larger ordered domains.

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ID Code: 89961
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Polymerization; STM; Dehalogenation; Ullmann coupling; Surface
ISSN: 0039-6028
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 06 Apr 2016 00:21
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2016 03:47

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