Incorporation and manipulation of coronene in an organic template structure
Langmuir 20(21): 9403-9407
A two-dimensional molecular template structure of 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylic acid (trimesic acid, TMA) was formed on a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite surface (HOPG) by self-assembly at the liquid-solid interface. Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) investigations show high-resolution images of the porous structure on the surface. After the host structure was created, coronene molecules were inserted as guest molecules into the pores. STM results indicate that some of the guest molecules rotate inside their molecular bearing. Further investigations show that single coronene molecules can be directly kicked out of their pores by means of STM.