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Five-Vertex lanthanide coordination on surfaces: A route to sophisticated nanoarchitectures and tessellations


Urgel, Jose I; Ecija, David; Auwaerter, Willi; Papageorgiou, Anthoula C; Seitsonen, Ari P; Vijayaraghavan, Saranyan; Joshi, Sushobhan; Fischer, Sybille; Reichert, Joachim; Barth, Johannes V (2014). Five-Vertex lanthanide coordination on surfaces: A route to sophisticated nanoarchitectures and tessellations. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 118(24):12908-12915.

Abstract

We report a combined scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory study on the formation of intricate networks involving a flexible 5-fold carbonitrile-lanthanide (cerium or gadolinium) coordination. By employing linear linkers equipped with terminal carbonitrile functional groups, and by tuning the local rare-earth to molecule stoichiometry, architectures evidencing high spatial complexity become manifested, including disordered islands of pentameric and nonameric supramolecules, a 2D hierarchical short-range orientational disordered network, and a 2D Archimedean snub square tessellation of the surface, which coexists with minority 2D Archimedean elongated triangular tiling motifs. The combination of both the intricate structural features and the unique properties of lanthanide elements prospects great potential in a variety of fields such as magnetism and catalysis. Furthermore, the expression of Archimedean tiling motifs based on 5-fold vertexes suggests a route to the design of self-assembled dodecagonal quasicrystals on surfaces.

Abstract

We report a combined scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory study on the formation of intricate networks involving a flexible 5-fold carbonitrile-lanthanide (cerium or gadolinium) coordination. By employing linear linkers equipped with terminal carbonitrile functional groups, and by tuning the local rare-earth to molecule stoichiometry, architectures evidencing high spatial complexity become manifested, including disordered islands of pentameric and nonameric supramolecules, a 2D hierarchical short-range orientational disordered network, and a 2D Archimedean snub square tessellation of the surface, which coexists with minority 2D Archimedean elongated triangular tiling motifs. The combination of both the intricate structural features and the unique properties of lanthanide elements prospects great potential in a variety of fields such as magnetism and catalysis. Furthermore, the expression of Archimedean tiling motifs based on 5-fold vertexes suggests a route to the design of self-assembled dodecagonal quasicrystals on surfaces.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:07 Jan 2015 11:38
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:23
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN:1932-7447
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1021/jp502901z

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