Two-dimensional supramolecular self-assembly probed by scanning tunneling microscopy

Chem Soc Rev. 2003 May;32(3):139-50. doi: 10.1039/b206566p.


Supramolecular chemistry has a very large impact on chemistry of current interest and the use of non-covalent but directional forces is appealing for the construction of 'supramolecular architectures'. The invention of scanning probe microscopy techniques has opened new doorways to study these concepts on surfaces. This review deals with recent progress in the study of two-dimensional supramolecular self-assembly on surfaces probed by scanning tunneling microscopy, with a special emphasis on structure, dynamics and reactivity of hydrogen bonded systems.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adsorption
  • Cysteine / chemistry
  • Hydrogen Bonding
  • Microscopy, Scanning Tunneling / methods*
  • Nanotechnology
  • Porphyrins / chemistry
  • Stereoisomerism


  • Porphyrins
  • Cysteine