Indenofluorene, which consists of a 6-5-6-5-6 fused-ring structure, is a semiconducting molecule with possible applications in optoelectronic devices. Bulk crystal structures, molecular front orbitals, and on-surface polymerized indenofluorene have recently been studied, but self-assembled structures on the surface have not yet been reported. Here, we report the array structure of 2,8-dibromoindeno[1,2-b]fluorene-6,12-dione on Au(111) studied using scanning tunneling microscopy. We proposed an alternating-tread stair structure as the molecular model for the monolayer molecular islands, which show strong shape anisotropy. The model can be explained by four O⋯H hydrogen bonds and one Br⋯Br halogen bond per molecule, as supported by density functional theory calculations. Although they prefer intermixed heteroprochiral structures in bulk layers, our study shows that these molecules can form phase-separated homoprochiral structures on the surface, leading to potential applications in molecular chiral separation.
|Journal||Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces and Films|
|Publication status||Published - 2022 Jan 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Surfaces and Interfaces
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films