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Inducing Single-Molecule Chemical Reactions with a UHV-STM: A New Dimension for Nano-Science and Technology

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Atomic and molecular manipulations with the scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) lead to many fascinating advances during the last decade. Recent achievements in inducing all of the basic steps of a chemical reaction with the STM at a single-molecule level open up entirely new opportunities in chemistry on the nanoscale. In this article, we review various STM-based molecular manipulation techniques and their application in inducing all elementary chemical reaction steps on surfaces. Prospects for future opportunities of single-molecule chemical engineering and their possible implications to nanoscale science and technology are discussed.

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