Martin M Knudsen

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Self-assembly of organic molecules on solid surfaces under ultrahigh vacuum conditions has been the focus of intense study, in particular utilizing the technique of scanning tunneling microscopy. The size and complexity of the organic compounds used in such studies are in general limited by thermal decomposition in the necessary vacuum sublimation step. An(More)
Molecular chirality on surfaces has been widely explored, both for intrinsically chiral molecules and for prochiral molecules that become chiral upon adsorption due to the reduced symmetry which follows from surface confinement. However, little attention has been devoted to chiral effects that originate from conformational degrees of freedom for adsorbed(More)
Chiral self-assembled structures formed from organic molecules adsorbed on surfaces have been the subject of intense investigation in the recent decade, owing both to relevance in applications such as enantiospecific heterogeneous catalysis or chiral separation as well as to fundamental interest, for example, in relation to the origin of biomolecular(More)
Molecular-level insights into chiral adsorption phenomena are highly relevant within the fields of asymmetric heterogeneous catalysis or chiral separation and may contribute to understand the origins of homochirality in nature. Here, we investigate chiral induction by the "sergeants and soldiers" mechanism for an oligo(phenylene ethynylene) based chiral(More)
The synthesis of a conjugated linear organic module containing terminal salicylaldehyde groups and a central activated ester, designed for conjugation to amino-modified oligonucleotides, is presented. The organic module has a phenylene-ethynylene backbone and is highly fluorescent. It is conjugated to oligonucleotide sequences and incorporated into specific(More)
A series of homo- and heteroditopic thymine- and/or adenine-terminated molecules incorporating rigid aryl or oligo(phenylene ethynylene) linkers has been efficiently synthesized. The key steps involved in the synthesis are the construction of the N-arylated nucleobases using the Chan-Lam-Evans-modified Ullman coupling and their further elaboration using the(More)
A general approach to N-arylation and N-alkenylation of all five DNA/RNA nucleobases at the nitrogen atom normally attached to the sugar moiety in DNA or RNA has been developed. Various protected or masked nucleobases engaged readily in the copper-mediated Chan-Lam-Evans-modified Ullmann condensation with a range of different boronic acids at room(More)
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