Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and molecular mechanics calculations were used to investigate the long-range packing and the structure of an heptanuclear ruthenium (II) dendritic species, as a PF6- salt. STM imaging was carried out on a mono-add layer of the ruthenium dendrimer formed by physisorption from a 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene solution at the liquid-graphite interface. The packing of the molecules on the surface was visualised by the formation of ordered patterns and a distance of 27 ± 2 Å was measured between two adjacent lamellae. The comparison of this dimension with the molecular-modelling data indicates that the lamellae were formed by rows of dendrimer molecules in which the counterions (PF6-) were strongly associated with the Ru atoms. The images acquired with higher spatial resolution revealed the presence of repeating units within the lamellae. The comparison of the STM images with the modelling results allowed the attribution of the repeating units observed in the imaged pattern to the STM signature of single dendrimer molecules.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Chemistry - A European Journal|
|State||Published - Apr 14 2000|
- Scanning probe microscopy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Organic Chemistry