Imaging the Solvation of a One-Dimensional Solid on the Molecular Scale

Lucht, K. and Trosien, I. and Sander, W. and Morgenstern, K.

Volume: 57 Pages: 16334-16338
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201808579
Published: 2018

We have observed the inversion of the solvation environment of a one-dimensional solid by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. Adsorption of 3-methoxy-9-diazofluorene on Ag(111) yields highly oriented supramolecular chains, which are then exposed to water molecules. The annealing of dry and water-decorated chains results in diametrically opposed outcomes. While the former simply leads to an increase in chain length and number, the latter results in a complete loss of order and produces water clusters decorated with the organic molecule. © 2018 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

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