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Patterned Monolayers of Neutral and Charged Functionalized Manganese Arene Complexes on a Highly Ordered Pyrolytic Graphite Surface


  • We are grateful to the donors of the Petroleum Fund, administered by the American Chemical Society, and to the National Science Foundation (CHE-0308640) for support of this research. It is a pleasure to acknowledge Prof. Matthew Zimmt of Brown University and his students, Yanhu Wei, Xiaoliang Wei, and Wenjun Tong for help and discussions concerning the STM results.


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.

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