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Keywords:

  • copper;
  • scanning probe microscopy;
  • self-assembly;
  • supramolecular chemistry;
  • surface chemistry
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Supramolecular glue: One-dimensional copper–pyridyl coordination chains on a Cu(100) surface are stabilized and ordered by dicarboxylic ligands through hydrogen-bonding interactions. This hierarchical bonding motif demonstrates a strategy for developing complex, yet well-ordered, supramolecular surface structures by self-assembly, such as these stable islands (see picture) with a one-dimensional coordination character.