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Strain-relief pattern as guide for the formation of surface-supported bimolecular nanoribbons

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9 Author(s)
Ait-Mansour, K. ; Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research, nanotech@surfaces Laboratory, Feuerwerkerstrasse 39, CH-3602 Thun, Switzerland ; Canas-Ventura, M.E. ; Ruffieux, P. ; Jaafar, R.
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We demonstrate the suitability of the Ag/Pt(111) strain-relief pattern as efficient template for controlling the formation of well defined heteromolecular nanostructures. Two different species of molecular building blocks with complementary end-group functionalities are combined on this surface, which results in the formation of robust bimolecular nanoribbons driven by the interplay of the site specific adsorption on the strain-relief pattern with the highly directional intermolecular hydrogen-bonding intrinsic to the free bimolecular system.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:95 ,  Issue: 14 )