Knud Seufert

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Suitable templates to steer the formation of nanostructure arrays on surfaces are indispensable in nanoscience. Recently, atomically thin sp(2)-bonded layers such as graphene or boron nitride (BN) grown on metal supports have attracted considerable interest due to their potential geometric corrugation guiding the positioning of atoms, metallic clusters or(More)
The development of a variety of nanoscale applications requires the fabrication and control of atomic or molecular switches that can be reversibly operated by light, a short-range force, electric current or other external stimuli. For such molecules to be used as electronic components, they should be directly coupled to a metallic support and the switching(More)
Ultrathin films of boron nitride (BN) have recently attracted considerable interest given their successful incorporation in graphene nanodevices and their use as spacer layers to electronically decouple and order functional adsorbates. Here, we introduce a BN monolayer grown by chemical vapor deposition of borazine on a single crystal Cu support,(More)
The bulk properties of glasses and amorphous materials have been studied widely, but the determination of their structural details at the molecular level is hindered by the lack of long-range order. Recently, two-dimensional, supramolecular random networks were assembled on surfaces, and the identification of elementary structural motifs and defects has(More)
Diatomic molecules attached to complexed iron or cobalt centres are important in many biological processes. In natural systems, metallotetrapyrrole units carry respiratory gases or provide sensing and catalytic functions. Conceiving synthetic model systems strongly helps to determine the pertinent chemical foundations for such processes, with recent work(More)
We report the hierarchic design of homochiral 2D nanoporous networks under ultrahigh vacuum conditions on the Ag(111) surface by using a flexible porphyrin derivative as a primary unit. The conformational adaptation of the molecular module gives rise to two enantiomers upon 2D confinement, which self-assemble in enantiopure clusters made of three molecules(More)
The templated synthesis of porphyrin dimers, oligomers, and tapes has recently attracted considerable interest. Here, we introduce a clean, temperature-induced covalent dehydrogenative coupling mechanism between unsubstituted free-base porphine units yielding dimers, trimers, and larger oligomers directly on a Ag(111) support under ultrahigh-vacuum(More)
We employed de novo synthesized porphyrin modules to construct discrete cyclic supramolecular architectures supported on a copper surface. The programmed geometry and functionality of the molecular modules together with their conformational flexibility and substrate interaction yields symmetric discrete assemblies, including dimers and chains as well as(More)
The chemical bond between an adsorbed, laterally coordinated metal ion and a metal surface is affected by an additional axial ligand on the metal ion. This surface analogon of the trans effect was studied in detail using monolayers of various M(II)-tetraphenylporphyrins (MTTPs, M = Fe, Co, Zn) and their nitrosyl complexes on a Ag(111) surface. X-ray(More)