"Magic" surface clustering of borazines driven by repulsive intermolecular forces

Simon Kervyn De Meerendre, Nataliya Kalashnyk, Massimo Riello, Ben Moreton, Jonathan Tasseroul, Johan Wouters, Tim S. Jones, Alessandro De Vita, Giovanni Costantini, Davide Bonifazi

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It's a kind of magic: Hydroxy pentaaryl borazine molecules self-assemble into small clusters (see structure) on Cu(111) surfaces, whereas with symmetric hexaaryl borazine molecules large islands are obtained. Simulations indicate that the observed "magic" cluster sizes result from long-range repulsive Coulomb forces arising from the deprotonation of the B-OH groups of the hydroxy pentaaryl borazine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7410-7414
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie. International edition
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2013


  • borazine
  • scanning tunneling microscopy
  • self-assembly
  • supramolecular chemistry


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