A Strategy for the Chemical Synthesis of Nanostructures

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Science  14 Apr 1995:
Vol. 268, Issue 5208, pp. 272-273
DOI: 10.1126/science.268.5208.272


Highly localized chemical catalysis was carried out on the surface groups of a self-assembled monolayer with a scanning probe device. With the use of a platinum-coated atomic force microscope tip, the terminal azide groups of the monolayer were catalytically hydrogenated with high spatial resolution. The newly created amino groups were then covalently modified to generate new surface structures. By varying the nature of the catalyst and the chemical composition of the surface, it may be possible to synthesize molecular assemblies not readily produced by existing microfabrication techniques.