Cu nanoclusters steer the self-assembly of Fe phthalocyanines from a substrate- to a laterally-driven regime

M. Corva et al., ACS Nano 12, 10755 (2018); DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b05992


By artificially modifying the potential energy surface that governs the self-assembly of a 2D metallorganic crystal of iron phthalocyanines, we show that it is possible to switch from substrate- to laterallydriven regimes. By exploiting the capability of an ultra-thin alumina film to host metallic nanoparticle seeds, we achieve the tunability of the process, ultimately determined by the average nanocluster size. Long-range self-assembly mechanisms are attractive for applications in the synthesis of novel nanotechnological devices, and our work provides an original contribution to this field.

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