Nanoscale Engineering of Molecular Porphyrin Wires on Insulating Surfaces


  • We acknowledge the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research on Nanoscale Science and the European Project IST-FET Pico-Inside for financial support.


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Ordered nanostructures of meso-(4-cyanophenyl)-substituted Zn(II) porphyrin molecules are formed along step edges and specific directions of KBr(001). Short and long molecular wires, ringlike structures, and oriented multiwires (see image) are observed by high-resolution noncontact atomic force microscopy on insulating surfaces. Intermolecular distances of 0.5–0.6 nm indicate ππ stacking of the porphyrin rings, which is comparable to natural light-harvesting structures.