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Controlled Metalation of Self-Assembled Porphyrin Nanoarrays in Two Dimensions
ChemPhysChem (2007)
  • Andreas Riemann, Western Washington University
  • Willi Auwärter
  • Alexander Weber-Bargioni
  • Susan Brink
  • Agustin Schiffrin
  • Mario Ruben
  • Johannes V. Barth
We report a bottom-up approach for the fabrication of metallo-porphyrin compounds and nanoarchitectures in two dimensions. Scanning tunneling microscopy and tunneling spectroscopy observations elucidate the interaction of highly regular porphyrin layers self-assembled on a Ag(111) surface with iron monomers supplied by an atomic beam. The Fe is shown to be incorporated selectively in the porphyrin macrocycle whereby the template structure is strictly preserved. The immobilization of the molecular reactants allows the identification of single metalation events in a novel reaction scheme. Because the template layers provide extended arrays of reaction sites, superlattices of coordinatively unsaturated and magnetically active metal centers are obtained. This approach offers novel pathways to realize metallo-porphyrin compounds, low-dimensional metal-organic architectures and patterned surfaces which cannot be achieved by conventional means.
  • Iron,
  • metalation,
  • porphyrin,
  • scanning probe microscopy,
  • self-assembly
Publication Date
February, 2007
Publisher Statement
Copyright © 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim DOI: 10.1002/cphc.200600675
Citation Information
Andreas Riemann, Willi Auwärter, Alexander Weber-Bargioni, Susan Brink, et al.. "Controlled Metalation of Self-Assembled Porphyrin Nanoarrays in Two Dimensions" ChemPhysChem Vol. 8 Iss. 2 (2007)
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