Phase selectivity triggered by nanoconfinement: the impact of corral dimensions

Yi Hu, Ana M. Bragança, Lander Verstraete, Oleksandr Ivasenko, Brandon E. Hirsch, Kazukuni Tahara, Yoshito Tobe, Steven De Feyter*

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By using a novel protocol to spatially confine molecules in well-defined small 2D areas, the so-called nanocorrals, we show using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) how this kind of confinement affects self-assembled molecular network (SAMN) formation at a liquid-solid interface. The 2D lateral confinement, imposed by the size of the nanocorrals, has a clear impact on the phase selectivity of a molecule that can form both low-density and high-density SAMNs, the high-density phase being promoted by the confinement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2226-2229
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number15
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019

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