Supramolecular heterostructures formed by sequential epitaxial deposition of two-dimensional hydrogen-bonded arrays

Korolkov, Vladimir V. and Baldoni, Matteo and Watanabe, Kenji and Taniguchi, Takashi and Besley, Elena and Beton, Peter H. (2017) Supramolecular heterostructures formed by sequential epitaxial deposition of two-dimensional hydrogen-bonded arrays. Nature Chemistry . ISSN 1755-4349

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Abstract

Two-dimensional (2D) supramolecular arrays provide a route to the spatial control of the chemical functionality of a surface, but their deposition is in almost all cases limited to a monolayer termination. Here we investigated the sequential deposition of one 2D array on another to form a supramolecular heterostructure and realize the growth—normal to the underlying substrate—of distinct ordered layers, each of which is stabilized by in-plane hydrogen bonding. For heterostructures formed by depositing terephthalic acid or trimesic acid on cyanuric acid/melamine, we have determined, using atomic force microscopy under ambient conditions, a clear epitaxial arrangement despite the intrinsically distinct symmetries and/or lattice constants of each layer. Structures calculated using classical molecular dynamics are in excellent agreement with the orientation, registry and dimensions of the epitaxial layers. Calculations confirm that van der Waals interactions provide the dominant contribution to the adsorption energy and registry of the layers.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Chemistry
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: 10.1038/nchem.2824
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2017 08:08
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 04:06
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44297

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