"Magic" surface clustering of borazines driven by repulsive intermolecular forces

Simon Kervyn, Nataliya Kalashnyk, Massimo Riello, Ben Moreton, Jonathan Tasseroul, Johan Wouters, Tim S. Jones, Alessandro De Vita*, Giovanni Costantini, Davide Bonifazi

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Abstract

It's a kind of magic: Hydroxy pentaaryl borazine molecules self-assemble into small clusters (see structure) on Cu(111) surfaces, whereas with symmetric hexaaryl borazine molecules large islands are obtained. Simulations indicate that the observed "magic" cluster sizes result from long-range repulsive Coulomb forces arising from the deprotonation of the B-OH groups of the hydroxy pentaaryl borazine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7410-7414
Number of pages5
JournalANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION
Volume52
Issue number29
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2013

Keywords

  • borazine
  • scanning tunneling microscopy
  • self-assembly
  • supramolecular chemistry

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