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Keywords:

  • arene ligands;
  • manganese;
  • monolayers;
  • scanning probe microscopy;
  • surface chemistry

Abstract

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Complex patterns: The arene manganese tricarbonyl complexes [Mn(η5-2,5-didodecoxy-1,4-semiquinone)(CO)3] and [Mn(η6-1,4-dioctyloxybenzene)(CO)3] BF4 form patterned monolayers on the surface of highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG), as a result of hydrogen-bonding, hydrophobic, and electrostatic interactions, leading to an ordered 2D array of manganese atoms or ions.