On the stability of surface-confined nanoporous molecular networks

Elke Ghijsens, Jinne Adisoejoso, Hans Van Gorp, Iris Destoop, Aya Noguchi, Oleksandr Ivasenko, Kazukuni Tahara, Mark Van Der Auweraer, Tobe Yoshito, Steven De Feyter

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Self-assembly of molecular building blocks into two-dimensional nanoporous networks has been a topic of broad interest for many years. However, various factors govern the specific outcome of the self-assembly process, and understanding and controlling these are key to successful creation. In this work, the self-assembly of two alkylated dehydrobenzo[12]annulene building blocks was compared at the liquid-solid interface. It turned out that only a small chemical modification within the building blocks resulted in enhanced domain sizes and stability of the porous packing relative to the dense linear packing. Applying a thermodynamic model for phase transition revealed some key aspects for network formation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101932
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number10
StatePublished - 7 Mar 2015

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