Highly efficient photodimerization of olefins in a nanotemplate on HOPG by scanning tunneling microscopy.

Efficient photochemical reactions on a surface are of great importance for their potential applications in optoelectronic devices. In this work, a highly efficient photodimerization reaction of an olefin cocrystal built from two trans-1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethylenes (4,4'-bpe) and two isophthalic acid molecules via N···H-O hydrogen bonds in between was achieved… (More)