"Convergent fabrication of a nanoporous twodimensional carbon network from an aldol condensation on metal surfaces"

John Landers, Frédéric Chérioux, Maurizio De Santis, Nedjma Bendiab, Simon Lamare, Laurence Magaud and Johann Coraux


2D Materials, 1 (2014) 034005




We report a convergent surface polymerization reaction scheme on Au(111), based on a triple aldol condensation, yielding a carbon-rich, covalent nanoporous two-dimensional network. The reaction is not self-poisoning and proceeds up to a full surface coverage. The deposited precursor molecules 1, 3, 5-tri(4’- acetylphenyl) first form supramolecular assemblies that are converted to the porous covalent network upon heating. The formation and structure of the network and of the intermediate steps are studied with scanning tunneling microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and density functional theory.