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Keywords:

  • hyperbenzene;
  • macrocycles;
  • scanning probe microscopy;
  • self-assembled monolayers;
  • Ullmann reaction
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A hexagonal macrocycle consisting of 18 phenylene units (hyperbenzene) was synthesized on a Cu(111) surface in ultrahigh vacuum by Ullmann coupling of six 4,4′′-dibromo-m-terphenyl molecules. The large diameter of 21.3 Å and the ability to assemble in arrays makes hyperbenzene an interesting candidate for a nanotrough that could enclose metallic, semiconducting, or molecular quantum dots.