Nanoscale coordination polymers obtained in ultrasmall liquid droplets on solid surfaces and its comparison to different synthetic volume scales

Bellido, E.; Gonzalez-Monje, P.; Guardingo, M.; Novio, F.; Sanchez, A.; Montero, M.; Molnar, G.; Bousseksou, A.; Ruiz-Molina, D.

RSC Advances, 6, 76666–76672, (2016)
DOI: 10.1039/c6ra14368g

http://pubs.rsc.org/-/content/articlehtml/2016/ra/c6ra14368g

Abstract: Synthesis of coordination polymers at femtolitre scales assisted by an AFM tip has become an area of increasing interest due to the astonishing range of implications that derive from it, from gaining basic knowledge of confined reactions in femtolitre droplets to the fabrication of molecular-based devices. However, this field is still in its infancy, a reason why several new basic studies that allow us control over it are highly required. Herein we report the synthesis of [Co(CH3COO)2(μ-4,4′-bpy)] in femtolitre droplets on surfaces and the results are compared with those obtained for the same reaction at different volume scales.

Nanoscale coordination polymers obtained in ultrasmall liquid droplets on solid surfaces and its comparison to different synthetic volume scales
(a) Schematic of the chemical reaction to obtain coordination polymer 1; (b) representation of the different volume scale for the reaction from bulk synthesis to drop casted on a surface and finally nanostructured with an AFM tip.