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Dr. Zhanyu Ning and Prof. John C. Polanyi Charge Delocalization Induces Reaction in Molecular Chains at a Surface Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Article first published online: 23 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201207819

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The molecular dynamics of an electron-induced reaction in a self-assembled molecular chain of four dimethyldisulfide molecules on Au(111) are studied (see figure, S[BOND]S bonds highlighted). Charge delocalization weakens all the S[BOND]S bonds causing a concurrent reaction along the entire chain (middle). All the original S[BOND]S bonds are broken and new S[BOND]S bonds form giving three altered S[BOND]S bonds and two chemisorbed thiyl radicals (bottom).

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